Should golf really be an Olympic sport? | The Tylt

Should golf really be an Olympic sport?

Golf will be an Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

Yes, the hobby your grandfather picked up after retirement will be part of an event that is supposed to bring together the best athletes from around the world. There are plenty of people who, when they find out golf is going to be an Olympic sport, can't help but laugh. What's next ... trampoline jumping? If an activity becomes more fun with the amount of beer you drink, it shouldn't be an Olympic sport. It's a game. And there's no shame in that. It just means it shouldn't be part of one of the most important international events where we celebrate the human spirit as captured in sport.

To be fair to golf, though, it was part of the Olympics in 1904—a Canadian took home the gold fyi. Since then, the sport has gone mainstream and has nurtured its own international superstars like Tiger Woods. It's undeniable that there's a professional class of golfers and while it doesn't need power-lifting levels of strength, it's clear that golf requires a great deal of skill which is developed and honed over time. Wouldn't it be awesome to watch a meeting of the best international golfers playing not for money or individual fame but for country and pride? Yea - that's why golf is in the Olympics!

What do you think? 

#GolfIsASport that should be in the Olympics or keep it out because #GolfIsAGame 

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That's the kind of hero/athlete attitude we want at the Olympics.
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Tim is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. His point - there are already big tournaments in golf. The Olympics might not matter to the pros.
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Some of the best golfers in the world aren't even attending. That could spell disaster for golf staying in the Olympics.
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The sport has its fans and they deserve to see it played at the Olympic level.
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