August 13, 2009

Tiger: Golf in Olympics ‘long overdue’

U.S. golf superstar Tiger Woods says if golf is added to the Olympics in 2016 he'd like to be one of the participants.

If I'm not retired by then, yeah, Woods said Thursday at Minnesota's Hazeltine National Golf Club, where he shot a 67 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Championship.

The International Olympic Committee's executive board, meeting in Berlin, recommended that golf and rugby be added to the Games in 2016. The IOC general session is scheduled to vote on the proposal in October.

Woods and other players at Hazeltine said they were glad to hear the news from Berlin.

We're long overdue to have it in the Olympics, Woods said. Our sport is a global sport, I think it's a great time and hopefully it will be passed ... and hopefully it will be truly in the Olympics.

Irish star Padraig Harrington said: I think in 100 years' time the Olympics could be the fifth major. Obviously it has to grow into that. It's not going to happen overnight. It's only once every four years. So in time it could become the premiere event in golf.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia both said they'd like to play in the Olympics.