Golf at the Summer Olympics

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Golf at the Summer Olympics
Golf pictogram.svg
Governing body IGF
Events 3 (men: 2; women: 1)
1896 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000
2004 2008 2012 2016

Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games official programme in 1900 and 1904. At the IOC session in Copenhagen in October 2009, the IOC decided to reinstate this event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1][2] The event will be open to professional golfers.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 3 3 4 10
2  Canada (CAN) 1 0 0 1
3  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 1 2
Total 4 4 5 13


  • Men's individual
  • Women's individual
  • Men's individual
  • Men's team


The International Golf Federation (IGF) has proposed[3] 72-hole stroke play tournaments (with a 3-hole playoff in the event of a tie) for both men's and women's events in 2016. Eligibility would be determined by IGF rankings. The top 15 players would be eligible (regardless of country) and then the next 45 players representing countries that do not already have two representatives.

Medal summary[edit]

Men's individual[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
 Charles Sands (USA)  Walter Rutherford (GBR)  David Robertson (GBR)
1904 St. Louis
 George Lyon (CAN)  Chandler Egan (USA)  Burt McKinnie (USA)
 Francis Newton (USA)
1908–2012 not included in the Olympic program

Women's individual[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
 Margaret Abbott (USA)  Pauline Whittier (USA)  Daria Pratt (USA)
1904–2012 not included in the Olympic program

Men's team[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1904 St. Louis
 United States (USA)
Robert Hunter
Chandler Egan
Kenneth Edwards
Clement Smoot
Walter Egan
Daniel Sawyer
Edward Cummins
Mason Phelps
Nathaniel Moore
Warren Wood
 United States (USA)
Albert Lambert
Stuart Stickney
Burt McKinnie
William Stickney
Ralph McKittrick
Frederick Semple
Francis Newton
Henry Potter
John Cady
John Maxwell
 United States (USA)
Douglass Cadwallader
Allen Lard
Jesse Carleton
Simeon Price
Harold Weber
John Rahm
Arthur Hussey
Orus Jones
Harold Fraser
George Oliver

Participating nations[edit]

22 golfers competed in 1900, including 10 women and 12 men. The 1904 tournament featured 77 golfers, all men. Albert Lambert was the only golfer who competed both times; a total of 93 different golfers competed throughout the brief history of Olympic golf.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wilson, Stephen (August 13, 2009). "Golf, rugby backed by IOC board for 2016 Games". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Golf & rugby voted into Olympics". BBC. 2009-10-09. 
  3. ^ "IGF Submits Detailed Questionnaire to International Olympic Committee, Constituting Golf’s Formal Olympic Bid". International Golf Federation. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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