Rory McIlroy’s reversal of opinion demonstrates why the Olympic golf format should be preserved.
Rory McIlroy’s change of heart demonstrates why Olympic golf does not need to change.
Prior to this year’s Games in Tokyo, Rory McIlroy, like many others, had serious doubts about golf’s place and format in the Olympics. However, it appears that the adoption of golf’s most conventional format of stroke play only added to the excitement in Sunday’s final round, as 12 players, including McIlroy, were separated by just four strokes at the end of the event.
As a result, McIlroy was selected as one of seven competitors to compete in a bronze medal play-off, something he was looking forward to. While the four-time major champion did not finish on the podium, the format of play had him to work harder than he had ever worked for a third-place result.
“I’ve been saying all day I never tried so hard in my life to finish third,” McIlroy said after his Olympic debut. I wish I was walking away with a medal, but it’s been a fantastic week.”
Following the thrill, the Irishman stated that he couldn’t wait for the next Games in Paris in three years, a dramatic contrast to his Olympic views two weeks prior.
“To put it that way, it isn’t just another golf tournament,” he added. You’re a part of something far bigger, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in three years in Paris.”
The event’s thrilling twists and turns kept all 60 players in the field in the hunt and their Olympic ambitions alive over four days in Tokyo.
Because of the unique nature of stroke play, the tightly packed field knew that a successful run of holes at any moment during the event may propel them into contention and onto the Olympic podium.
Take, for example, Silver and Bronze medalists Rory Sabbatini and C.T. Pan. Both players were considerably behind the leaders after the first three days of the event, sitting seven strokes down with 18 holes to play.
However, a miracle performance from both – including Sabbatini’s Olympic record low score of 61 – converted their faraway Olympic goal into a five-hour reality.
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