Team GB for Golfing Gold – Again?

The excitement of the men’s Olympic golf surpassed expectations of even the most enthusiastic golfing fans as Stenson and Rose went head to head on the 18th hole vying for Gold. The last few shots were close to call and even one of Olympic golf’s harshest critics, Rory McIlroy himself, admitted to tuning in to catch the action. With Justin Rose coming out on top for Team GB it was Stenson in second with a silver medal to match his Claret Jug and Matt Kuchar taking bronze home to the US after his final round was 8 under, giving him third position on the podium. This week we’ll still have our eyes firmly fixed on the Olympic Golf Course as the women take to the tee to battle it out for gold, silver and bronze.

The golfers competing for Team GB are Catriona Matthew MBE, who tees off in the second group of the morning at 6:41am and Charley Hull who will take to the tee from 10:09am alongside the World Number 1, and gold medal favourite, Lydia Ko of New Zealand. There hasn’t been an Olympic medal in the women’s game since 1900 and both golfers will be hoping to follow in their teammates footsteps and make it two gold golfing medals for Team GB.

Matthew is an Edinburgh local, just like us, and we’re naturally feeling very supportive! She has beMatthewen a long standing fixture on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tour where she has played since 1994. Matthew has played on the European team in the Solheim Cup multiple times and had a stunning recent performance at the RICOH Women’s’ British Open where, in the second round, she hit all 18 greens in regulation, birdied 7 holes and had the lowest score with -65. Fresh from being awarded a lifetime achievement gong at this year’s Scottish Golf Awards and with the vice-captaincy for next year’s European team’s Solheim Cup campaign confirmed, Matthew is going into the Olympics with experience and talent on her side.

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Does Golf Have a Future in The Olympics

Ever since Rory’s announcement that he will not be playing in the Rio Olympics, there has been a growing concern that other influential players will now follow suit. The World No.4 is definitely the highest profile player that has been added to the list of players that are opting out on this year’s games. The list seems to be growing creating a growing concern for golf continuing in the Olympics.

The players that have pulled out have cited that it was due to the risk of the Zika virus, a virus that is known to cause birth defects and currently has no cure. The men’s tournament is planned to take place on August 11th to the 14th with the women’s tournament taking place the following week. This comes at the busiest time during the PGA season, and as much it is a huge honour to play for their country there is no money involved for the players.

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