Apr 5th, 2016
Major places up for grabs at The Olympics!
Cinderella story, outta nowhere...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Now who's interested? In a move that is bound to turn tour pro heads and have them queuing up for 5 ring tattoos, the PGA has announced that golf medal winners at the Olympics will receive exemptions to all majors in 2017.
It means the men's winner this summer will win entry to next year's Masters, US Open, Open and US PGA Championship.
Exemptions for the 2016 Evian Championship and next year's ANA Inspiration, Women's PGA Championship, US Women's Open and Women's Open will be given to the winning woman.
Golf is coming home to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years. Masters chairman Billy Payne told a news conference at Augusta National: "We believe our game's visibility will be dramatically elevated by the global platform that only the Olympics offer.
"From this greater visibility, we believe will evolve greater participation in our game, and it will be a certain beneficiary."
While some of the world's top players would already hold exemptions to the majors, Pete Bevacqua, the chief executive officer of the PGA of America, said: "From our perspective, whether it's someone that is in the top rankings of the world or someone who is that Cinderella story, in both ways it's a positive."
Cinderella story. outta nowhere...