Tiger Woods told the executive committee of the Olympic program he would play in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games if golf was made an Olympic sport, Perez Hilton reports.
“I’ve said there is no singular decision or singular program that can globalize the game of golf like a nod from the IOC to join the Olympic Games,” said PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka. “We’re very encouraged by today and we’re proud of the support we’ve received.”
Those behind the suggested program change propose featuring a 72-hole stroke-play competition with 60 players for men and women.
“You look at the Olympics last year, and you see Michael Phelps is going for the gold medal and LeBron James is there watching him and all of the basketball players,” said Irish player Rory McIlroy. “It would be great to be part of a team like that.”
The International Olympic Committee plans to meet to further consider the bid on October 9. The host of the 2016 games will be announced October 2 at the 13th Olympic Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. The cities bidding for the chance to host are Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.