The Olympics means something different to each individual. On the golfing front there will be only one motivated walker for the Rio opening ceremony on Friday night, that being Rickie Fowler, the only member of the U.S. men’s golf team who will take part in Friday’s festivities.
More than a gross of media outlets call Fowler the “best golfer without a major” so his excitement for the summer games was predictable. The U.S. men’s golfing team for the Rio contests is at best, mediocre, when looking at the option the country had going into first time Olympic event.
Fowler is among a select group of players tabbed as the “best golfer without a major” since Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson recently crossed themselves off that good news-bad news list. But the winner of three PGA Tour events contended it was just an honor to be nominated.
The sport of “Golf” was officially added to the summer game schedule in October of 2009. While the IOC won’t admit it, golf was selected as a trial sport, because the PGA tour took a hiatus during the games and the group believed this would attract the game’s best players and in turn receive a boost in the Rio attendance.
The IOC didn’t have the vision to project that the golfers that were interviewed and polled back in 2009 aren’t the world’s top players in 2016. Of the world’s top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings at the time of golf’s re-acceptance, only two remain there in 2016.. With some irony the only golfers that were Top-20 players in 2009, that are in the Brazil tournament, are Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia and both players are high on the SuperBook of Las Vegas, Westgate’s, odds board to bring home the gold medal.
A list of the worlds top players that will not take part in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio are as follows:
Jason Day — Australia
Dustin Johnson — United States
Jordan Spieth — United States
Rory McIlroy — Northern Ireland
Adam Scott — Australia
Branden Grace — South Africa
Louis Oosthuizen — South Africa
Hideki Matsuyama — Japan
Charl Schwartzel — South Africa
Shane Lowry — Ireland
There are another bakers dozen or so top ranked golfer that are not slated to take part in this summer’s Brazilian games.
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