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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 previous time golf was played at the Olympics was over 100 years before, in 1904. See more about the first Olympic Golf tournaments.

Tokyo 2020

The competition for the 2020 Tokyo games was unchanged from Rio 2016. The tournament consists of a 72-hole individual stroke play tournament. A three-hole playoff was to be used to for any ties for medals.

There are 60 men and 60 women players in the field. The world's 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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