Hi. What I want to talk about is golf in the Olympics, which is a very stupid idea. It’s a (theoretical) money grab by the golf industrial complex. The players don’t really care about it, and quite a few have said they will not be attending. Good for them. Add to that the Zika virus problem which could cause lifetime complications for a player who is only playing because pressure was put on him to play. Also, any players who praise Olympic golf are lying even more than they lie about the Ryder Cup.
We at Lanny H Golf called the Olympics a bad idea from the start. We were right, and each day’s news cycle makes it more obvious.
Olympics = Big Deal for…
- Women’s gymnastics
- Track and field
Olympics = Not even on the radar for fans of:
- Horse-racing’s Triple Crown
- Daytona 500
- Super Bowl (there will be NFL preseason games getting higher ratings than Olympics golf)
- World Series (What? You say baseball is an Olympic sport. No, they canned that. Seems no one gave a shite about it. Gee, who would have predicted that…)
- Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open tennis
- Indy 500
There are other examples in both categories, but that’s enough of a sampling to make the point.
Let’s be honest regarding golf. Winning a web.com event is more important and beneficial to an aspiring golfer than “winning a medal” at the Olympics. Not only is the Olympics a nothing event for golfers, it’s also a weak event. The frys.com is far tougher to win, and people joke about it and the fall events.
If golf is to be in the Olympics, it should be limited to only amateurs. Of course, the entire Olympics should be limited only to amateurs. The way it once was.
The best golfers from a nation should not be made to attend the Olympics. The worst players should. The Olympics (with its zika virus) is punishment, not reward.
Screw NBC who is trying to foist more of their bullshite on the golf world.
Do you think golf will be better or worse in 2018 if Rory, Rickie, Jordan and Jason are all sitting at home, watching golf on TV, thanks to the zika virus, infected while playing in a meaningless event?
Players, if you don’t want to go, don’t go. Don’t let sponsors or NBC — nor anyone else, including empty-headed flag wavers — push you into playing.