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Everyone wants the Olympic golf format to be match play. I say not so fast. Bits, Bites & Barbs.

Everyone wants the Olympic golf format to be match play. I say not so fast. Bits, Bites & Barbs.

The extraordinary finish to yesterday’s WGC Match Play event, combined with the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics, again stokes the fire on Olympic golf’s format when the sport makes its return to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The plan is for a 72-hole stroke play event, which is used in most (professional) tournaments. Many believe match play would be more exciting, or that it would at least provide variation from what we see week in, week out. And yes, match play can make for great theatre. Certainly Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups prove that. And if the competition were a team event, then my vote would be for match play too. But with Olympic golf being an individual competition I believe stroke play is the prudent choice. And I don’t argue that based on the age-old theory that “four days of stroke play is the best way to decide a week’s best golfer.” (True s...

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