Pro Golf Tournament Semi-Live Blog: Screw The Olympics

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
  • Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Skating
  • Curling

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.

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8 Responses to Pro Golf Tournament Semi-Live Blog: Screw The Olympics

  1. Brian Penn says:

    Lanny, completely agree. Well stated. May Olympic golf go the way of baseball; into the dustbin of failed attempts. Thanks!

    Brian

    • lannyh says:

      Thanks for adding your voice. People are reluctant to speak the truth about Olympic golf, and those who dare express any negativity (including a handful of players) are depicted as heretics.

      • Brian Penn says:

        Agreed. The Olympics has messed up the major schedule as well, with the end of the British Open and start of the PGA only 11 days apart. The good thing is the players can vote with their participation level. I see Adam Scott has already backed out. Any other high profile players not going?

      • lannyh says:

        I saw that Oostie was out, too. Not sure about any others.

      • DanishDude says:

        Vijay was the first to announce he wouldn’t attend.
        I completely agree and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of players backing out in the coming months turning the whole thing into a joke.

        It could be great as an amateur only sport, though, with both an individual and a team event (maybe even cross-gender teams).

  2. Kris says:

    Golf in the Olympics is definitely a mistake. It’s essentially an individual stroke play exhibition tournament. They had enough problems getting the course built in Rio and now they’ve got Zika virus to deal with. Does the Olympics committee expect every host city to build a new golf course? That’s outrageous. I don’t think golf in the Olympics will last past 2020.

  3. Peter McAlpine says:

    But a US golfer that wins gold is all but guaranteed to get put on a Wheaties box, just like athlete and golf/reality superstar Caity Jenner. That’s gotta be worth?

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