2020 Olympic golf may include more than individual event, Tim Finchem says

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Outgoing PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said golf officials are looking to “mix in a different competition or two” for the 2020 Olympics.

In Rio, golf returned to the Games for the first time since 1904 with 72-hole, stroke-play tournaments for men and women.

In September, Finchem said he would like to see more golf medals awarded at the Olympics but did not elaborate.

Finchem provided another hint last week while attending the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia. The World Cup is a 72-hole team event featuring two players per nation.

“The feedback is very positive [on team-based formats],” Finchem said, according to the Age in Melbourne. “We’re looking at the formats for [Tokyo] 2020, and we like individual competition, but we’d also like to mix in a different competition or two and we’re looking at different possibilities.

“We might end up saying, ‘we’ll keep it the way it is’, we might recommend a couple of changes on certain days where we do a different type of competition. And it also affects scheduling, so we’re looking how that all works.”

The International Olympic Committee has yet to decide whether golf will remain in the Olympics beyond 2020.

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