I said this in Rio and Justin Rose certainly agreed, Golf is great for the olympics!
Rory 5 years ago in my opinion didn't help the game, and although not going for health concerns could have said more about the inclusion. Different story in Tokyo!
An amazing field and Xander winning by one shot with a special olmpic story to go with it!
Then a 7 way play off for the bronze! Has 3rd place every mattered so much to a golfer? Not only that, 7 different nationalities all completing for that last medal! Exactly what the olympics is all about!
However... is stroke play over 4 days really the best format?
Perfect opportunity for a match play team event! There's the world cup of golf but is that even close to the same level of excitement as the Ryder Cup? No.
The Olympics could be!
As much as I wanted Casey and Fleetwood to bring a medal back. It still didn't feel like a team event. Surely more players in a knockout format would increase the excitement for spectators and keep teams / players in with a medal chance for longer.
Hope Paris get it right for the next one and golf continues to grow worldwide! Coaching online with Skillest has really shown how the game has kept growing over this pandemic and with online learning players and coaches can work together from anywhere.