By Jay Skurski
Golf’s return to the Olympics after 112 years went better than pretty much anyone could have predicted.
In Justin Rose and Inbee Park, two deserving gold medalists were crowned. Any debate about how much the tournament would mean to millionaire athletes ended when Rose emphatically pounded his chest after securing gold following a duel with Henrik Stenson. American Matt Kuchar’s round of 63 to secure the bronze is the defining moment of his career.
For as much consternation as there was leading up to the tournament – about the Zika virus, whether the course would be ready and the lack of the world’s top four players on the men’s side – none of that mattered at the end.
But for all that was right about it, improvements can be made for 2020. That has to start with a team format being developed by the International Golf Federation to add to the individual competition. There is nothing in golf like the Ryder Cup, and that’s because playing for nationalism and your teammates over dollars brings out a passion unseen on the PGA Tour.