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Golf at the Paris Olympics 2024

Golf was first featured at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games but was removed from the list of optional sports by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in 1921. The game famously returned to the Olympics for Rio 2016, appearing again in Tokyo 2020. Golf is a part of the Paris 2024 programme, making this the first time in history that it has appeared in three consecutive Olympic Games.

Venue

The competitions will be held at Le Golf National (The Golf National), which is located in Saint-Quentinen-Yvelines, Guyancourt, less than an hour’s drive from the Olympic Village and central Paris.

The course was developed in the 1980s by the French Golf Federation under the design of Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge. Its creation was an attempt to develop a space for ‘National Golf’.

Since its opening in October 1990, golfers and spectators alike have enjoyed the flat-land of Le Golf National, which is designed to be like a natural stadium. In fact, it boasts a capacity of 80,000 spectators.

There are three main courses at Le Golf National, all whimsically named after types of birds and thought to be some of the finest in Europe:

  • Albatross (par 72, 7331 yards)
  • Aigle (par 71, 6224 yards)
  • L’Oiselet (par 32, 2138 yards)

Competition

Olympians will participate in one of two golfing events (one for men and one for women) between the 1st and 10th of August 2024.

Both competitions will consist of Stroke Play. This means that a player’s score will be reckoned by counting the total number of shots taken before they reach the end of the course. The player with the fewest number of shots will take home the golf.

Qualifying

In the week beginning 17th June 2024, 60 men and 60 women will qualify to play in Paris 2024’s Golf Tournament. Two qualifying players are guaranteed to hold French Nationality according to The Olympic Committee’s guidelines.

Qualification is decided by The Olympic Golf Ranking (OGR) which relies on Total Official World Golf Ranking points accumulated over the preceding 52-week period.

Players

Old and new players alike will compete in the Golf Olympics, but there are a few names that golf fanatics are watching out for:

  • Nelly Korda (USA) – Winning the gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and holding the number 2 spot in the World Rankings, Nelly is almost guaranteed a successful tournament.
  • Jon Rahm (Spain) – Dropping out of Tokyo 2020 due to Covid-19 meant that Jon was not able to live up to the expectations of his World Number 1 status. We expect him to return with a vengeance.
  • Xander Shauffele (USA) – Winning the men’s gold medal at Tokyo 2020, many fans are also eagerly anticipating Xander’s return to the green.
  • Rory McIlroy (UK) – Finishing fourth at Tokyo 2020, the Northern Irishman was already looking ahead, telling the press that he planned to take home a medal from Paris 2024.
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