2028 Olympics: hypothesis of mixed competition

"There are very real possibilities that a mixed golf event could be introduced at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics"

by Andrea Gussoni
2028 Olympics: hypothesis of mixed competition
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"There are very real possibilities that a mixed golf event could be introduced at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics." Confirming the speculations, Antony Scanlon, the executive director of the International Golf Federation, stated, "The decision should be made by the IOC in early 2025."

Golf, results

The men's and women's individual golf competitions will take place at the Riviera Country Club, the venue for the Genesis Invitational (a PGA Tour event), which hosted the US Open in 1948 and the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1985.

The mixed team event is expected to be played over 36 holes. The proposal suggests that 16 teams could participate, playing one round in foursomes format and another in four-ball format. Golf is a sport with a set of rules and regulations designed to ensure fairness and integrity during play.

These rules govern various aspects of the game, including equipment, player conduct, and scoring. One fundamental rule is the requirement to play the ball as it lies, meaning players must hit their ball from wherever it comes to rest on the course, unless otherwise allowed by the rules.

Players are also responsible for knowing the rules and penalties associated with various situations, such as out-of-bounds, water hazards, and unplayable lies. Equipment regulations dictate the types of clubs and balls that players are allowed to use, ensuring a level playing field.

Additionally, there are rules regarding the order of play, etiquette on the course, and pace of play to maintain fairness and courtesy among players. The rules of golf are governed by several organizations, including the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the R&A, who periodically update and revise the rules to adapt to changes in the game and technology while preserving its traditions and integrity.

Understanding and adhering to these rules is essential for all golfers to enjoy the game safely and fairly. The Los Angeles Olympics refer to the Summer Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California, in 2028.

This will mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympic Games, having previously done so in 1932 and 1984. The city was awarded the hosting rights for the 2028 Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2017.