Golf at the Olympic Games

In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports to add to the program in 2016, with golf being selected along with Rugby. There was both a men's and women's competition in 2016 in Rio. The last time golf was played at the Olympics was in 1904.

Rio 2016

The competition for the 2016 games is an individual-based competition. The 60 qualified golfers (men and women) played 72 holes of stroke-play. A three-hole playoff was to be used to for any ties for medals. The Top 15 golfers automatically qualified for an Olympic berth. Outside of the Top 15, players were selected based on world ranking but only if no more than two golfers from a single country are already in the field. 

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