After a 112-year absence, golf returned to the Olympic Games this summer. Of the estimated 60 million golfers in the world, 60 of the best men and 60 of the best women in the world represented their country in Rio de Janeiro, with a much different format than what was employed the last time golf was a part of the Games.
In 1904, competitors were put through a vigorous test, playing 36 holes of match play for five days. In 2016, the players were put through a test that they have experienced many times - a 72-hole stroke play competition. The 2016 Olympians navigated a brand-new golf course, and encountered many critters along the way. There were crocodiles patrolling the water hazards, monkeys watching their every move, owls playing in the bunkers and capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, strolling around the course looking for food.
From a Rules perspective, golf’s return to the Olympics was a relatively smooth one outside of a few minor incidents, like the one gold medal-winner Justin Rose experienced during the final round.