Many people have been discussing the possibility of changing the format for olympic golf, and pro Rickie Fowler, who represented the US in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, is among those who thinks a format change is the right idea.
What Would a Different Olympic Format Look Like?
The olympic golf format that Fowler supports would involve an expansion of the current format to include a team event featuring players of different genders on the same team. Fowler sees it looking something like this: “You could look at a way of having the men’s and women’s play in that first week, maybe the first 9 or 10 days, and then there be some sort of team aspect whether it’s two men and two women, or mixed.”
There are a number of possibilities for a change in olympic golf format, but basically it would mean a team event where both men and women are playing in the same event, which many golfers are in favour of and could bring some fresh game play to olympic golf.
Golf in the 2021 Olympic Games
There will not be a change to the format of golf played in the 2021 Olympic Games, which are to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23rd to August 8th after being delayed a full year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are still looking forward to seeing some great golf this summer! The games this year will look different from any other olympic games, with a ban on foreign spectators to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. Only athletes, trainers, coaches, and media members from countries other than Japan will be allowed entrance into olympic sites.
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