There’s an interesting interview in today’s Daily Mail with legendary golf coach Butch Harmon. He says a lot of things but one, throwaway remark, caught my eye.
He says when the subject of the Olympics comes up, where golf will feature, the golfers view is “yeah, whatever.” Yeah, whatever? The sad thing is I am convinced Harmon is right. Do you think Rory McIlroy first picked up a golf club, turned round to his father and declared: “Dad, one day I’ll be an Olympic champion.” No way. Maybe Masters champ or Open champ but Olympics? åÊNot a chance. And this is why golf shouldn’t be anywhere near the Olympic Games.
Nor cricket for that matter. Nor any sport where an Olympic gold medal isn’t the pinnacle of a sporting dream, as it is with track and field, cycling, swimming, rowing, gymnastics and so on. You can just hear the patronising quotes this summer from the world’s top golfers who deign to eat at the same table as a shot putter and sign autographs in the Olympic village before catching their private jet back to Palm Beach.
Yeah whatever? That’s one hell of an insult to every wannabe Olympian breaking their bodies to not just be in Rio but win a medal. Golf should go and tee off!