Olympic golf gets underway on Thursday near Tokyo as Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes tee it up in the men’s competition.
Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp will participate in the women’s competition next week, beginning on Wednesday.
Controversy has swirled around the Olympics since the return of golf in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Back then, the concern was the Zika virus, but indifference among many top players, particularly on the men’s side, was evident as many decided not to go to Rio.
Of course, the more recent concern has been COVID-19, which led organizers to push back the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to this year and there have been some high profile WDs once again on the men’s side, not just because of the pandemic. However, the pandemic is taking its toll as marquee names such as Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive and won’t play in the Olympics.
In the weeks and months leading up to athletes from around the world gathering in Tokyo, the Japanese public made it clear that they were wary about the Olympics being held due to rising cases of COVID, the lack of vaccinations in that country and positive tests within the Olympic Village.
With the focus being on COVID over competition, perhaps things will change once the athletics swing into high gear. There is always something special about representing your country and a medal on the men’s or women’s side in golf would certainly be a proud moment for Canada.
How would you describe your interest level in Olympic golf, compared to, say, a major championship?
That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to add a few thoughts on this subject, please use the Comments section below.
How would you describe your interest level in Olympic golf, compared to a major championship?
- Less interested. (75%)
- Same. (16%)
- More interested. (9%)