Golf 2016: The State of the Game

For the first time in over a century, golf returns to the Olympic Games. Discover the Main Line’s tie to the historic event.

I can’t remember a golf season I was this excited about. Who would’ve thought that golf AT (After Tiger) could translate to even more fun in the pro game—and even more competition, with the emergence of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and a whole litany of American and international players just knocking down the pins. Week in and week out, there’s far more drama now than when a single man dominated the action. Already this season, we’ve had many tour events go down to the wire in final-hole victories and playoff showdowns.

And it promises to only get better.

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For the first time since 1904, golf will now be showcased in the Summer Olympics. As the U.S. men and women shoot for medals, we’ve already given the gold to Gil Hanse, our local golf architect, who designed the new Olympic course in Rio under some pretty tough circumstances (page G6). And golf’s tried-and-true international competition returns this fall, when the Ryder Cup rotates back to U.S. soil at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Minnesota, Sept 30-Oct 2. 

Locally, the U.S. Open will come to Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., and Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., will host the PGA Championship. Right here in our own backyard, Stonewall (Elverson, Pa.), Rolling Green (Springfield, Pa.), the Philadelphia Cricket Club (Flourtown, Pa.), and Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) are all scheduled to hold golf championships.

Hopefully, this will be your breakthrough year. To help, we have all the latest game-changing technology, teaching tools and more inside.

See you in the fairway.

Jim Finnegan

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