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A mixed-team golf event at 2028 LA Olympics? Count these LPGA players in

The 2024 Summer Olympics will be the third one with men's and women's golf competitions since the sport was reintroduced to the Games. Le Golf National in Paris will follow in the footsteps of Brazil and Japan as host sites and the format for this year is already set in stone.

But as the Associated Press recently reported, golf in the Olympics is likely to include a team competition when the Games make their way to Los Angeles in 2028. Riviera Country Club is going to be the host course that year. On the heels of the well-received Grant Thornton Invitational, a mixed-gender team event won by Jason Day and Lydia Ko in December, it seems the time is right for such a competition. The Olympics have added mixed events in recent years, such as swimming, track and field and triathlon, and more are on the way.

Adding the team concept to the golf schedule will take a little bit of figuring out, but the AP report says an additional team event would only be two more days of competition.

Here's what some of the standout golfers on the LPGA think about a mixed competition at the Olympics.

Nelly Korda of the United States speaks during a press conference after winning the Ford Championship presented by KCC at Seville Golf and Country Club on March 31, 2024 in Gilbert, Ariz. Korda supports a rumored mixed-team golf event in the 2028 Olympics.
Nelly Korda of the United States speaks during a press conference after winning the Ford Championship presented by KCC at Seville Golf and Country Club on March 31, 2024 in Gilbert, Ariz. Korda supports a rumored mixed-team golf event in the 2028 Olympics.

Nelly Korda, U.S.: "I think it would be really good for the game of golf. I don’t know how logistically they would handle it. I would say since the Olympics happens every four years you don’t want it to be just like a regular event in a sense. You want it to be something different.

"I think that would be really fun, if there would be a team aspect involved as well as the individual. I don’t want to take away from the individual part of it. I think it would be fun to add in a team event. Again, I don’t know how they would logistically do it because that would be a lot of golf, but I think it would be fun."

Anna Nordqvist, Sweden: "I always been a big fan of the mixed and I brought it up couple years ago saying that we should have some kind of team format. It would be fun to have the guys and the girls do it. You see other sports where they have the team aspect part of the Olympics and how much it means to them. I’m all for it, and hopefully we’ll see some changes going forward.

Golfweek: With your experience with Solheim, do you think a team Olympic event could rival that in terms of drama and the rivalries and everything?

"I think it’s hard. I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two, because Solheim Cup is Solheim Cup and the guys have the Ryder Cup. It would be a very cool, different way of playing. I think we saw the mixed team event at the end of last year, how successful that was when the LPGA and PGA Tour collaborated. I think that’s the way to move forward. I hope we’ll one day see it in golf."

Lydia Ko, New Zealand: "I’m not really sure if I’m going to be playing in like five-plus years, so this could potentially be my last Olympics. I’m just, I want to enjoy this last one potentially.

"I don’t fit into that many categories of being in team format. Don’t get into International Crown, don’t get into Solheim, so I love that I got to team up with Jason Day at the Grant Thornton last year. That was so much fun.

"I haven’t had many chances to be able to watch the men. To be inside the ropes and see them play and hit shots maybe differently or similar to how I would hit a similar shot, I thought that was really cool.

"I think it’s just great to be more cohesive, and that’s what we’re all striving for. We’re just trying to grow the game of golf and the sport itself. I think that is the very exciting thing, and maybe if I am still playing during that time, like I would love to be teamed up with a fellow Kiwi.

Hannah Green, Australia: "I got the opportunity to represent Australia in Tokyo in 2021, so that was a huge honor to do that. I played pretty decent. I came in top 10. It was nice to be able to have that experience, but Paris I feel like will be an amazing experience because hopefully there is no COVID, nothing that’s going to stop us from competing.

"But I just have to do what I have to do. If the other players play well, that’s what they’re also trying to achieve."

GW: There is talk of a mixed event next time. Is that something that gets you going?

"Yeah, that’s something I was hoping they would do for this year. It was really cool with Cam (Smith) and Marc Leisch (Leischman) and the team last Olympics. We got hang out with them a couple nights. It was just fun to interact with them, because our schedules don’t really collide too much. Even though we play a couple events in Australia, we don’t really get to see each other because they’re some of our biggest weeks.

"A mixed format would be amazing. I heard the Grant Thornton went really well last year, so hopefully we can do that for when we come back in L.A."

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: A mixed-team golf event at LA Olympics? Count these LPGA players in