Golf

Facts

Discipline of Golf
Participants 218
NOCs 42
Competitions held 6 (Venues)
Distinct events 10
IF International Golf Federation

Description

Golf was on the program of the 1900 and 1904 Olympic Games. In 1900, men and women competed in separate individual events. In 1904, a men’s individual match-play event and a team stroke-play event were contested. Golf was on the Olympic schedule in both 1908 and 1920 but was not contested in either year. The International Golf Federation (formerly the World Amateur Golf Council – name changed in 2003) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), headed by the executive directors of the United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (Scotland). In the new millennium, golf began a push to again be included as an Olympic Sport. It was approved for addition to the Olympic Program at a meeting of the Executive Board in 2001, but the proposal was tabled, and a vote by the IOC session occurred in July 2005, at which time golf was not approved. However, in October 2009, at the 13th Olympic Congress in Copenhagen Denmark, golf (and rugby sevens) was re-instated to the Olympic Program. Individual events for men and women were held at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

All-time medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 3 3 5 11
Great Britain GBR 1 1 1 3
Canada CAN 1 0 0 1
Republic of Korea KOR 1 0 0 1
New Zealand NZL 0 1 0 1
Sweden SWE 0 1 0 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Chandler Egan USA 1 1 0 2
Charles Sands USA 1 0 0 1
George Lyon CAN 1 0 0 1
Margaret Abbott USA 1 0 0 1
Ned Cummins USA 1 0 0 1
Ken Edwards USA 1 0 0 1
Walter Egan USA 1 0 0 1
Bob Hunter USA 1 0 0 1
Nat Moore USA 1 0 0 1
Mason Phelps USA 1 0 0 1
Ned Sawyer USA 1 0 0 1
Clement Smoot USA 1 0 0 1
Warren Wood USA 1 0 0 1
Park In-Bi KOR 1 0 0 1
Justin Rose GBR 1 0 0 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Individual Boys 2
Individual Girls 2
Team Mixed Youth 2
Individual Men 9
Driving Contest Men 1
Putting Contest Men 1
Team Men 2
Individual, Handicap Men 1
Individual, Professional Men 1
Individual Women 2