How It Works:

With golf being the ultimate game of distances and angles, it is one of the world’s most popular sports, played on more than 30,000 courses by more than 60 million people. Athletes use a selection of clubs to move their ball from the tee into the hole in the least number of shots possible.

David Hearn

David Hearn

Olympic golf is contested in stroke play format in which the total number of shots that a player takes to reach the end of the course is counted. The men’s and women’s individual events will each feature 60-player fields competing over 72 holes (four rounds of the same course with varied hole placement in each round). The player who took the fewest number of strokes at the end of four rounds is the winner. Players’ scores are generally given in relation to par, which is the number of strokes that it should take to complete each hole and, consequently, the course. The lower a score is under par, the better.

There is only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal awarded per event, so if there is a tie for one or more of the podium places, a playoff or multiple play-offs will determine the medallists.

Mike Weir

Mike Weir

Canada’s Olympic History

Canadian Golf Hall of Famer George Lyon is the only Canadian to win an Olympic golf medal, winning gold at St. Louis 1904. Lyon was scheduled to defend his Olympic title at London 1908 but the tournament was cancelled after an internal dispute among British golfers led them to boycott, leaving Lyon as the only entrant. Golf will be played at the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904 at Rio 2016.