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Golf, an Olympic Sport in Rio 2016 – Chat with Tim Cusick

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Golf, an Olympic Sport in Rio 2016 – Chat with Tim CusickThe golf community is gearing up for the first Olympic Games in over 100 years that will feature the game of golf. Our team had a quick chat with renowned PGA teaching professional, Tim Cusick about this addition. As an insider of the sport, Tim told us: “I know that there was talk during the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 to possibly use Augusta National but it never came to pass. There were legitimate talks about that but they weren’t able to make it happen then.”

So, will the pros be rushing to Rio in 2016? Tiger Woods has publicly shared his eagerness to participate in the Games, it is yet to be seen if other PGA pros of his caliber will be joining the excitement. We believe the Rio Games will generate a lot of excitement and that pros will line up to join the fun in Brazil. After all, golf has been out of the Games since 1904.

“I hope the PGA pros have the same enthusiasm that the Dream Team in 1992 had!” said Cusick, “The Olympics are for the greatest athletes in the world and we have some great athletes. I would be shocked if someone earned the right to participate and was anything less than enthusiastic to go and represent their country in the Olympics.”

The Olympic qualifying scenario is yet to be announced, but we know that 60 men and 60 women will be playing 72 holes in separate tournaments. A city with only 2 private golf courses, Rio de Janeiro is working hard to welcome golf to their Olympics. Rio’s Olympic Committee has hired American Gil Hanse to design the Olympic golf course. He’s known for having designed Castle Stuart, the site of the Scottish Open.

It will certainly be interesting to observe how this addition will affect the game of golf across the world and how many countries will be represented in the upcoming Golf Olympics. Stay tuned!

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