What form will golf take in the 2016 Olympic Games?
There are still some big decisions to be made regarding what format golf should take at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro...
The US Open might have carried an Olympic theme this year, but come 2016 golf will be an Olympic sport when it is introduced at the Rio games.
The presence of golf at the Olympics will undoubtably bring a huge level of excitement to existing fans, not least because of how captivated we all were by sports we had never particularly heard of at London 2012.
Don't get me wrong, watching Britain win a gold medal in an event involving dancing horses in London was entertaining, but if Rio 2016 can create the kind of atmosphere seen at Major championships then we will see sporting drama at its finest.
However, several debates will be aired about how Olympic golf should work.
Should golf follow the boxing model or the tennis model when it comes to the amateur/professional debate?
Currently the proposal is for a 72-hole strokeplay tournament, but that could be open to change.
Likewise, should golf follow the boxing model or the tennis model when
it comes to the amateur/professional debate? Should the golfing bodies
use the games to showcase the best professionals on the circuit in the
way that tennis does? Or should the tournament be an amateur event which
allows new faces and names to gain a platform on a truly global stage?
The conundrum is certainly an intriguing one.
For now however, golf fans should be excited by the prospect of another
place in which the game can be shown to a new audience and of a welcomed
injection into what could be viewed as an established yearly calendar.