The men’s and women’s golf competition at the Olympics is a 72-hole stroke play tournament. The winner of each event is the person with the lowest score over four rounds.
Unlike most PGA Tour events, the Olympic golf competition has no cut and all 60 players compete in each round. The tournament lasts for four days and the players play 18 holes each day. The goal is to make as many birdies as possible and the player with the most total number of under par (the course’s set number of shots) wins.
The game of golf has been part of the Olympic Games for over 100 years. It first appeared at the Summer Olympics in 1900 in Paris and was won by Americans Charles Sands, Pauline Abbott, and Daria Pratt. The game returned in 1904 at St. Louis and was won by American Francis Newton and Burt McKinnie.
Today, the game of golf is more global than ever before. There are several top-10 players from different parts of the world. Golf is a popular sport all over the world, and it’s great to see that the Olympic games has included golf in the past.
The field is restricted to 60 players for the men’s and women’s competitions. The top 15 golfers automatically qualify for the Olympics. After that, the field is filled out with golfers from the top 60 based on their world ranking as of June 28. One spot is guaranteed for the host nation and five spots are reserved to ensure each of the continents has representation.