Count Geoff Shackelford among the skeptical. Like the rest of us, Shackelford saw the scattershot, hunt-and-peck coverage of the Olympics and wondered how golf would fare in such an environment. The answer: "barring a complete re-imagining of its format, golf in the 2016 Olympic games will be a complete and utter failure."
The problems, as Shackelford outlines them:
• The 72-hole stroke play format is exactly like every other week during the regular golf season, so who really cares to see that?
• There's no team competition; it's every golfer for himself.
• There won't be any "compelling-story" triple-digit golfers from heaven knows where, because the field will be filled out with the Official World Golf rankings.
Now, that's a pretty harsh assessment, but it could well be a fair one. Given what you just saw from the Olympics, what's your take on how golf will fare?
Olympic Golf After The Winter Olympics [Geoff Shackelford]
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