Olympic Games Paris 2024 – Team GB go for Golf Gold

Olympic Games Paris 2024 Wednesday April 3, 2024 By: Duncan Hughes

With the season of Spring in full swing and Summer fast approaching, we can start looking forward to what will be an enthralling year of sport. The big event of the Summer for sports fans will be the Olympic Games Paris 2024 with Team GB expected to enter teams in most events.

It is a chance for fans of all sports to come together and watch the best athletes in the world go head-to-head to win what is arguably the most historic title on the planet in their respective sports. Here at Engage we will be doing a mini series of what to expect as the Olympics approach.

Will Team GB be swinging for gold in golf? Golf is a relatively new addition to the Olympics as far as our generation is concerned. It was introduced to the games in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics, it wasn’t recognised as part of the games. Golf wasn’t reinstated in the Olympics until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. So with only the 3rd official Olympic showing of the sport, who will take part?

Qualification will be based on the world rankings and the top 15 men and women golfers in the world will automatically be selected. From then, it will be the highest ranked players from countries that have not already had 2 people qualified. Each competition is limited to 60 competitors and a maximum of four people from each country can take part. Players will compete in an individual stroke play format in the hope of grasping a famous medal.

The event will be held at Le Golf National outside of Paris, a venue that hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018. There is expected to be big crowds eager to see the world’s best in action.

So who can we expect to see playing for Team GB? For the men, Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick are expected to take part, with no Rory McIlroy for Great Britain as he opted to represent Ireland in 2021.

As of the 3rd April, Tyrell Hatton sits outside of the top 15 in the world, so will not be included as it stands in the GB team. It was Justin Rose who brought the gold medal home for Great Britain in 2016, but is also unlikely to be selected for 2024.

Competition for Team GB includes defending champion from Tokyo 2020 Xander Schauffle who is expected to make a return in the hope of repeating his success from 2021 as he sits 5th in the World Rankings currently. Others hoping for a chance at Olympic glory include Spaniard Jon Rahm, Norwegian Viktor Hovland, and the three other Americans Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark and Patrick Cantlay. The men’s competition will be a scintillating contest and there will be plenty of big names on show in the battle for Olympic Champion.

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Jordan Spieth of the United States and Matt Kuchar of the United States on the 18th green during the final round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 23, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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In the women’s contest, Charley Hull will lead the way for Great Britain alongside Georgia Hall. Hull finds herself ranked 7th in the world while Georgia Hall sits in the 28th rank. Hull, who was 7th in 2016, will be one of the favourites to medal in Paris but she will have to be on the top of her game if she wants to come out with a gold.

Defending champion and world number one Nelly Korda is expected to take part and is the strong favourite for the competition while Lydia Ko of New Zealand, bronze in 2021 and silver in 2016, will be looking to get the better of the rest of the field. Lilia Vu will also be looking for Olympic victory and hoping to cause an upset for her American counterpart as she sits behind Korda in second on the World Rankings.

Just as the men’s competition, the women’s stroke play could be anyone’s game, could there be an upset and perhaps a chance of a medal for Team GB?

So, there you have it, the 2024 Olympics are just around the corner and many of these athletes will be gearing up to the biggest competition on the planet. Fancy watching some of the world’s best prepare for Paris 2024 in some of the most iconic golf competitions? Check out Engage’s range of hospitality options for the best seats in the house.

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