Tiger the only silver lining in Olympics postponement
Understandably, the decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics wasn’t an easy one but the inevitable response to the Coronavirus pandemic finally became reality this week.
From a golfing point of view, even if the Olympics did go ahead, it was always going to be a tough ask for players to attend.
Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)
Even if the major tours were able to resume somewhere around the middle of the year, the players would be faced with the prospect of competing in four majors in the back half of the year along with the Ryder Cup, not to mention the FedExCup Playoffs and Tour Championship.
The re-introduction of golf to the Olympic roster hasn’t been a smooth one with the Zika virus taking its toll at the 2016 Rio Olympics and several of the world’s biggest stars at the time staying away.
While the feeling towards the Olympics seemed to be on the mend, a handful of the world’s top-10 had already began distancing themselves from the event prior to the Coronavirus sweeping the world.
Dustin Johnson cited issues with his schedule when he removed himself from qualification while former World No.1 Brooks Koepka was on the fence about whether he would play.
World No.6 Adam Scott has always been ambivalent towards the whole process so it will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance or whether we will need Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith to step up the plate again for Australia.
“Having some level of certainty as to what’s going to happen or what’s not going to happen is probably the best thing to come out of this decision,” said the PGA Tour’s Ty Votaw.
“Even if conditions improve dramatically…not having the Games is probably the right decision. If it does improve, at least as far as 2020 is concerned, it gives us some other options as far as scheduling.”
Of course, there is one major upside to the postponement and that is Tiger Woods.
The 44-year-old has been battling injury again this year and has not played on the PGA Tour since hosting the Genesis Invitational in mid-Feburary.
If the Olympics had gone ahead in July, Woods would have needed a lot of luck with players above him deciding not to play otherwise he would have been sitting out proceedings.
As it stands he sits at 11th in the world and with another year up his sleeve he may just have time to grab another win or two and make his way to Japan off his own bat.
And that alone will definitely make up for the long wait.