Here is what a all-time golf teams would demeanour like from several countries

Let’s be honest for a second. The teams during this year’s Olympic golf foe are … lackluster. The U.S. organisation is fine. Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are all right, though it could be a lot better. Great Britain is OK with Justin Rose and Danny Willett. Sweden and Spain are decent. But it gets nauseous in a precipitate after that. Names you’ve never listened of personification a march you’ve never seen.

So we motionless to demeanour during what some all-time teams competence demeanour like if somehow time transport was probable and we were means to shoehorn all of these players onto a same patrol in a same epoch and play some Olympic golf. Arnold Palmer pronounced recently he wishes Olympic golf was around behind in his day.

As a child flourishing adult in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, we could dream about being an Olympian like Jesse Owens or Johnny Weissmuller. we could also dream about being a good golfer like Bobby Jones or Byron Nelson. But a thought of being an Olympic golfer never occurred to me. The idea of golf in a Olympics — something that final happened a quarter-century before we was innate — was totally alien. But that all altered in 2009 when a International Olympic Committee voted to again embody golf on a Olympics slate.

So let’s make Palmer’s dream come loyal and square together some ancestral teams. We are traffic with a limit of 4 players (the max authorised during a Olympics) and a smallest of dual for chronological purposes. And for a consequence of a argument, let’s fake like this is a organisation eventuality (which is what it should be) instead of an particular event. We will contend we play a lowest measure any day and supplement them all adult during a end.

Here we go.

United States

  • Tiger Woods
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Ben Hogan
  • Arnold Palmer

This was apparently a toughest organisation to put together, though these 4 would apparently be formidable. In picking them we have to leave off Sam Snead, Phil Mickelson, Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Tom Watson. All giants of a diversion who would make a organisation for any other country.

Spain

  • Seve Ballesteros
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Jose Maria Olazabal
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez

That’s an underrated, plain foursome right there. They have total for 105 European Tour wins in their careers.

Great Britain

  • Nick Faldo
  • Justin Rose
  • Lee Westwood
  • Tony Jacklin

I am traffic in a complicated diversion so no Harry Vardon who played underneath a Jersey flag.

Ireland

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Padraig Harrington

One of usually 3 countries represented (U.S. and South Africa) with during slightest dual golfers who have won 3 or some-more vital championships. McIlroy would play for Ireland given Northern Ireland does not contest in a Olympics.

South Africa

  • Gary Player
  • Ernie Els
  • Bobby Locke
  • Retief Goosen

That’s a tainted group. They wouldn’t kick a Americans, though they would expected be a favorite to take silver.

Scotland

  • Sam Torrance
  • Sandy Lyle
  • Colin Montgomerie

Unfortunately we can't move on any of a Morrises or Parks (old, young, youth or senior) though this is still a irritable threesome. Could coquette with bronze.

Australia

  • Greg Norman
  • Jason Day
  • Peter Thomson
  • Adam Scott

Just a murderer’s quarrel of tub chested beasts of a game, 3 of whom have been ranked No. 1 in a world. They would be a favorite for bronze.

Germany

  • Martin Kaymer
  • Bernhard Langer

An Open Championship bashful of a career Grand Slam between them.

The Americans would no doubt win no matter a format. If they did not, it would be a bigger dissapoint than Katie Ledecky losing a 400 or 1500-meter float in this year’s Olympics. Here’s how we see a medals jolt out.

  • Gold: U.S. — Just a sight of a squad. Four of a best ever.
  • Silver: South Africa — Some large dogs who adore a large impulse here.
  • Bronze: Spain — You know Sergio would go super low during slightest once and a rest are loyal sportsmen who adore themselves a tellurian competition.

Alas, this week we will expected get a Gavin Green-Matt Kuchar showdown for award row on Sunday.

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