Golf at the Summer Olympics
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IOC Discipline CodeGLF
Governing bodyIGF
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
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Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games official programme in 1900 and 1904. At the IOC session in Copenhagen in October 2009, the IOC decided to reinstate this event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1][2] The International Golf Federation is governing body for golf at the Olympic Games. As of the 2016 Olympics, qualification is based primarily upon the Official World Golf Ranking (men) and Women's World Golf Rankings, with the top 15 of each gender automatically qualifying (with a limit of four per country), and then the highest ranked players from countries that had not yet already qualified two players.[3][4][5][6]

Medal table

Sources:[7]

Total

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)53513
2 Great Britain (GBR)1113
3 Canada (CAN)1001
 South Korea (KOR)1001
5 New Zealand (NZL)0112
6 Japan (JPN)0101
 Slovakia (SVK)0101
 Sweden (SWE)0101
9 China (CHN)0011
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0011
Totals (10 entries)88925

Men

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)3249
2 Great Britain (GBR)1113
3 Canada (CAN)1001
4 Slovakia (SVK)0101
 Sweden (SWE)0101
6 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0011
Totals (6 entries)55616

Women

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)2114
2 South Korea (KOR)1001
3 New Zealand (NZL)0112
4 Japan (JPN)0101
5 China (CHN)0011
Totals (5 entries)3339

Events

1900
1904
2016
2020

A men's individual tournament was planned for the 1908 London Games, but an internal dispute amongst British golfers led to them boycotting the event, leaving 1904 gold medallist George Lyon as the only competitor.[9] Offered the gold medal by default, Lyon refused to accept it.[9] Present day, the Olympic golf tournaments only consists of a men's individual stroke play and women's individual stroke play. There has been calls for the IGF and the IOC to consider adding a match play tournament or to open up the Olympic tournament to more golfers by using a different qualifying system than the World Golf Ranking.[10]

Courses

Year Host city Course
1900 France Paris Compiègne Golf Club
1904 United States St. Louis Glen Echo Country Club, Normandy, Missouri
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Olympic Golf Course, Barra da Tijuca
2020 Japan Tokyo Kasumigaseki Country Club, Kawagoe
2024 France Paris Le Golf National, Guyancourt
2028 United States Los Angeles Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
2032 Australia Brisbane Royal Queensland Golf Club, Eagle Farm, Queensland

Medal summary

Men's individual

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
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 Charles Sands (USA)  Walter Rutherford (GBR)  David Robertson (GBR)
1904 St. Louis
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 George Lyon (CAN)  Chandler Egan (USA)  Burt McKinnie (USA)
 Francis Newton (USA)
1908–2012 not included in the Olympic program
2016 Rio
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 Justin Rose (GBR)  Henrik Stenson (SWE)  Matt Kuchar (USA)
2020 Tokyo
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 Xander Schauffele (USA)  Rory Sabbatini (SVK)  Pan Cheng-tsung (TPE)

Women's individual

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
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 Margaret Abbott (USA)  Pauline Whittier (USA)  Daria Pratt (USA)
1904–2012 not included in the Olympic program
2016 Rio
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 Inbee Park (KOR)  Lydia Ko (NZL)  Shanshan Feng (CHN)
2020 Tokyo
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 Nelly Korda (USA)  Mone Inami (JPN)  Lydia Ko (NZL)

Men's team

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1904 St. Louis
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 United States (USA)
Robert Hunter
Chandler Egan
Kenneth Edwards
Clement Smoot
Walter Egan
Daniel Sawyer
Edward Cummins
Mason Phelps
Nathaniel Moore
Warren Wood
 United States (USA)
Albert Lambert
Stuart Stickney
Burt McKinnie
William Stickney
Ralph McKittrick
Frederick Semple
Francis Newton
Henry Potter
John Cady
John Maxwell
 United States (USA)
Douglass Cadwallader
Allan Lard
Jesse Carleton
Simeon Price
Harold Weber
John Rahm
Arthur Hussey
Orus Jones
Harold Fraser
George Oliver

Participating nations

22 golfers competed in 1900. The 1904 tournament featured 77 golfers. Albert Lambert was the only golfer who competed both times; a total of 98 different golfers competed throughout the brief history of Olympic golf before it was brought back in 2016.[citation needed]

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
 Argentina (ARG)                                                   2 1 2
 Australia (AUS)                                                   4 4 2
 Austria (AUT)                                                   2 3 2
 Bangladesh (BAN)                                                   1 1
 Belgium (BEL)                                                   3 3 2
 Brazil (BRA)                                                   3 1
 Canada (CAN)   3                                                 4 4 3
 Chile (CHI)                                                   1 2 2
 China (CHN)                                                   4 4 2
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)                                                   4 3 2
 Colombia (COL)                                                   1 2 2
 Czech Republic (CZE)                                                   1 2 2
 Denmark (DEN)                                                   4 4 2
 Ecuador (ECU)                                                   1 1
 Finland (FIN)                                                   4 4 2
 France (FRA)   9                                                 4 4 3
 Germany (GER)                                                   4 4 2
 Great Britain (GBR)   4                                                 4 4 3
 Greece (GRE)   1                                                 1
 Hong Kong (HKG)                                                   1 1 2
 India (IND)                                                   3 4 2
 Ireland (IRL)                                                   4 4 2
 Israel (ISR)                                                   1 1
 Italy (ITA)                                                   4 4 2
 Japan (JPN)                                                   4 4 2
 Malaysia (MAL)                                                   4 2 2
 Mexico (MEX)                                                   3 4 2
 Morocco (MAR)                                                   1 1 2
 Netherlands (NED)                                                   1 1 2
 New Zealand (NZL)                                                   3 2 2
 Norway (NOR)                                                   3 3 2
 Paraguay (PAR)                                                   2 1 2
 Philippines (PHI)                                                   1 3 2
 Poland (POL)                                                   1 1
 Portugal (POR)                                                   2 1
 Puerto Rico (PUR)                                                   2 1
 Russia (RUS)                                                   1 1
 South Africa (RSA)                                                   4 2 2
 South Korea (KOR)                                                   6 6 2
 Slovakia (SVK)                                                   1 1
 Slovenia (SLO)                                                   1 1
 Spain (ESP)                                                   4 4 2
 Sweden (SWE)                                                   4 4 2
 Switzerland (SUI)                                                   2 2 2
 Thailand (THA)                                                   4 4 2
 United States (USA)   8 74                                                 7 8 4
 Venezuela (VEN)                                                   1 1 2
 Zimbabwe (ZIM)                                                   1 1
Nations   4 2                                                 41 42 48
Athletes   22 77                                                 120 120
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20

See also

References

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