Olympic golf hurdles still remain


SAN FRANCISCO – Twenty-four American and international players scrapped to a virtual draw on Day 1 of the Presidents Cup, but half a world away in Copenhagen golf scored a 1-up victory early Friday when it was selected to become an Olympic sport.

The International Olympic Committee approved golf, along with rugby sevens, for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Other hurdles still remain, however.

Within a crowded golf calendar, the Olympics will pull the game’s top players in between the PGA Championship, FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup and, to be honest, many of the game’s best don’t travel well.

Consider that the Presidents Cup has been largely a North America soiree and the three World Golf Championships were all played in the United States. That is not an accident.

If organizers thought wooing the IOC was hard, wait until 2016 when they have to convince 60 of the world’s best to fly to Brazil in September to play for gold, not green.