POSTED: August 13th 2009
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Top golfers all back the Olympic 2016 dream, says Dawson

Tiger Woods: Olympic bid backer / Fotosports.com
Tiger Woods: Olympic bid backer / Fotosports.com


KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

BERLIN: Golf's top players are excited at the prospect of playing in the Olympic Games and the sport will continue to work as hard as ever to try to capitalise in Copenhagen on its Berlin opportunity.

That was the affirmation of Peter Dawson, chief executive of the law-making Royal & Ancient Golf Club and who has jointly led the sport's bid to return to the summer Games for the first time since 1904.

Golf - like rugby union sevens - must now win an inidviual majority vote from the full International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen in October.

Dawson said: "We'll continue our work and hope for a positive vote. All the top players are very excited by the prospect. Tiger Woods, only a few weeks ago, had only positive things to say."

He added: “This is a historic moment for golf - a huge grow-the-game opportunity, not only in countries where golf is already big but in those countries in eastern Europe and Asia where golf it is relatively small. All the top men and women players coming out in support. We will put the Olympics right at the forefront of golf. It is going to add to golf, no doubt about that."

Strokeplay format

The proposed format would be a 72-hole strokeplay competition for men and women, with 60 players in each field. The world's top 15 players would qualify automatically, and all major professional tours would alter tournament schedules to avoid a clash with the Olympics.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said winning an Olympic gold medal would remain one of the main ambitions for top golfers, despite the lure of the sport’s major championships.

He added: “The same question was raised time and time again when tennis and ice-hockey were introduced. But ask Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, ask the NHL players, ask the NBA ‘dream team’ basketball players. They all want to go to the Games.”


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