Phil Mickelson gung-ho over golf in the Olympics
The cultural difference between American and foreign golfers is all too evident in the way Phil Mickelson, Trevor Immelman and Ian Poulter view the possibility of golf being added to the Olympic games.
Mickelson, being an American, thinks it would “grow” the game.
“Having golf as an Olympic sport is exponentially more important to the game of golf than the majors,” Mickelson said at a pre-PGA Championship press conference. “It would bring in 168 different countries and their Olympic foundation and all those revenues and that would go towards the growth of the game of golf.”
Immelman, as befits a Masters champion, is against it.
“If I was running the Olympics, I would go back to the way it was originally,” Immelman said at a following press conference. “Gymnastics, weight-lifting, swimming, track and field, marathons. That, to me, is what the Olympics is.
“The Olympics is not about tennis or golf or anything like that. In my opinion, those are like basketball. You’ve got three sports there that that are guys getting paid a lot of money to play and compete week in and week out playing those sports, and it’s just so professional.”
Poulter thinks it would just be a bother.
I agree with Immelman, but I don’t think either of us has much pull with the ruling bodies. When money comes in the front window, integrity goes out the back.
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woman, at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Her name was Margaret Abbott, and she shot a 47 over 9 holes.
However, the competitors should ALL be amateurs, just as they should be in tennis, basketball, football/soccer, etc., etc., etc.
Many players like Ernie Els do their bit for the game by traveling around the world from the U.S. to Europe to Asia and back home in South Africa. The game needs more such global golfers who would help the cause of globalizing the sport. If a platform like the Olympics is available and you get the chance to play for something more than the usual, then why not grasp such an opportunity. It will also go a long way in trying to she the elitist image the game of golf has managed to cultivate over the years.
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