Things to know about the golf competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
THE ABSOLUTE BASICS
- Golfers plaand four rounds of 18 holes every day for four days, and the player who totals the fewest combined strokes is declared the winner.
- In the event of a tie in any of the first three positions, a three-hole playoff will determine the medal winners.
- 60 men other 60 women are participating, according to the world ranking.
HOW MANY MEDALS?
There is a medal event for men and another for women.
WHAT HAPPENED IN RÍO?
Golf returned to the Olympic program in Rio after a 112-year absence. In the male event, Justin rose from Great Britain won gold, Henrik Stenson from Sweden took silver and Matt Kuchar from the United States won bronze.
Park inbee from South Korea won the first women’s gold in 116 years, with Lydia Ko from New Zealand taking silver and Feng Shanshan from China taking bronze.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?
Three golfers will represent the Philippines at the Tokyo tournament: Yuka saso, one of the best prospects for a gold medal for the country, Bianca Pagdanganan, Y Juvic Pagunsan.
Like other outdoor events, the heat can be the toughest challenge at golf events. According to official data, the highest temperature in the area where golf will be played exceeded 30 ° C (86 ° F) each day in August 2020.
Golf saw several rule changes adopted in 2019 and will be part of the Olympic events in Tokyo. One of which allows players to putt on the green with the flagpole still in the hole, a move intended to speed up play.
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?
Men: July 29 to August 1
Women: August 4 to August 7
WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?
Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City, Saitama. It is one of the most prestigious clubs in Japan, founded in 1929 and located 60 km from the Olympic Village.
HOW DO WE GET HERE?
Evidence suggests that the earliest forms of golf were played in the Netherlands in the 17th century, while some say that a game played in China during the Ming dynasty It was introduced to Europe by merchants during the Middle Ages. The modern form of golf developed largely in Scotland.
WELL FANCY THAT
The host club of the Olympic tournament only eliminated its men only policy in 2017 after being criticized at home and abroad for not supporting gender equality. Before that, women were not allowed to play on Sundays or become full members.
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