Golf is one step closer to being included in the 2016 Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee Executive Board just recommended to add golf and rugby sevens to the 2016 ballot of games. Next month will be the more important decision -- whether or not the group adds as many as two sports to the Olympic Games. The decision depends on a number of factors, including considerations from the Executive Board, formal presentations, submission of a questionnaire and other responses to questions raised by various IOC entities.
Throughout the process the International Golf Federation says it has stressed the unprecedented unified support of golf's international organizations,as well as support of golf's top-ranked female and male players. The group has recommended a format for the Olympics of 72-hole individual stroke play for both men and women and an Olympic field of 60 women and 60 men. The top 15 world-ranked players would be eligible for the Olympics regardless of the number of players from a given country. Under the IGF's proposal, at least 30 countries would be represented in both women's and men's competitions, from all continents.