After meeting with IOC president, golf tour leaders know obstacles to Olympics

Updated: May 25, 2008, 12:11 PM ET
Associated Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Leaders of the European and U.S. PGA Tours have held discussions with IOC president Jacques Rogge about including golf at the 2016 Olympics.

European PGA Tour chief executive George O'Grady said he and U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem met Rogge on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss the sport's chances of joining the Olympics.

Nothing was agreed upon, O'Grady said.

"We now know all of the obstacles we have to overcome," O'Grady said Sunday at a news conference at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. "We now know all of the ground rules we have to satisfy."

Golf has not been an Olympic sport since 1904, when George Lyon of Canada won the gold medal. Talks on its inclusion have been held intermittently for the past 25 years.

O'Grady said many of the minor tours the European Tour represents want golf to become an Olympic sport because of the increased government funding they would receive.


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