Olympic golf has been in big trouble ever since players began to drop out left and right. However, there are still some big names that will be playing this August in Rio and Rory McIlroy is one of them. He voiced his opinion on Olympic golf on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Championship:
“It’s obviously being played in Rio this year and it’s being played in Tokyo in 2020. I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after that depending on what happens,” McIlroy said Wednesday at Quail Hollow Club. “I’m not sure if golf is going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after that.”
With players like Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen dropping out, the IOC might have a very easy decision to make regarding the future of Olympic golf. McIlroy continued his comments:
“It’s a week,” McIlroy said. “You know, go play four rounds really competitively and try and win a gold medal. And if you do, I don’t know how that will stack up against the other things that I’ve done in my career now, but maybe I might look back in 20 years’ time and a gold medal might be one of my crowning achievements in the game, you never know. So it’s an opportunity to do something that you’ve never done before.”
This statement is why McIlroy is the leader of the golfing world right now. He has the right attitude and respects the game. These other players who claim that their schedules are too busy is complete nonsense and they should be called out for it. Golf is by far the least taxing on the body of any event in the Olympics and big name players are making the sport look bad.
The return of golf to the Olympics should still be exciting with the top 3 players heading to Rio. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day along with McIlroy will be the heavy favorites in the event.