GOLF RETURNS TO OLYMPICS: HUGE REWARDS AWAIT
Golf officials announced at Augusta on Monday that Men’s and women’s gold medallists at this summer’s Rio Olympics will be rewarded, if they need it, with exemptions to all of the major golf tournaments in 2017.
The news came as practice got underway for the 80th Masters tournament, the first of this year’s men’s majors, and will come as a boost to the Rio tournament, which sees golf return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 .
“So I’m very pleased to announce that the gold medal winner of the men’s competition in the Olympic Games will receive an invitation to the following year’s Masters Tournament.” Masters chairman Billy Payne said.
The Olympic golf tournaments will be played over two weeks in Rio from August 11-14 for men and August 17-20 for women. Both tournaments will see fields of 60 golfers play 72 holes of stroke-play over four days – the same format that is used for all of the major golf tournaments.