Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On golf's return to the Olympics:
The podium was moved to the 18th green of the Olympic Golf Course, each nation’s flags hoisted high into the Rio sky and “God Save the Queen” echoed off the nearby hillsides. After seven years of hyperbole and handwringing, golf’s Olympic dream finally arrived.
As Justin Rose basked in his victory, there was no more talk of the Zika virus or security concerns. No one was worried about land disputes holding up construction of the Olympic course or condensed schedules.
Your scribe was there when Cal Ripken played his last playoff game at Camden Yards, when Jack Nicklaus made his last start at The Open at St. Andrews and when Arnold Palmer made his final turn around Augusta National.
Being in Rio for golf’s return to the Olympics, felt a lot like that. – Rex Hoggard
On golf's rightful place in the Olympics going forward:
I’m no longer worried about the future of golf in the Olympics. The sport will remain after 2020. I don’t need to wait to see the results from next year’s summit where officials vote on the game’s longevity.
I was an early skeptic of the golf’s addition for all the reasons that have been bandied about over the past seven years. But I got aboard the Olympic train a year or so ago. I was in Rio all week and grew more passionate about the marriage between the two as the days went by. This is the happiest golf has been all summer.
We still have another week left where women, who have all been eager about the Olympics, are expected to put on a show as great as we just saw from the men. To anyone who doubts that golf is here to stay I give you Justin Rose’s line, while wearing the gold medal: “I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday?” – Jay Coffin
Can you name this week's John Deere Classic winner?
Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic – not that many people noticed.
While the golf world was still raving about the gold medal duel between Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Moore put the finishing touches on a tournament that was lost in the shuffle of golf’s Olympic return. It was an unfortunate development for tournament organizers, who run an event that is annually lauded by participants.
This late in the season, there are too many FedEx Cup ramifications to simply eliminate a start for mid-tier PGA Tour players. But it’s also unfair to relegate a tournament essentially to opposite-event status against the global competitor of the Olympics.
The golf season is already too long, but there has to be a way to schedule things such that the Deere isn’t contested in a shadow the size of Christ the Redeemer.
There are many scheduling aspects that the Tour will look to improve come 2020. Hopefully eliminating any Olympic competition makes the cut. – Will Gray