Two years out the rankings are as follows:
I know; I was speaking with the assumption, albeit a premature one, that there will be four Americans in the top 10. I think they decide using the rankings as of June 20, 2014 though, so a lot can happen I suppose.
They've got to have at least some sort of an objective criteria based on a qualifying list. You start cherry-picking big names in order to "sell" it and it truly will be a joke.
When they discover they're expected to live in an athletes village, speak with other competitors, and queue in line to eat from a canteen, I can see quite a few saying 'no thanks'.
Quite apart from the fact that golf shouldn't be in the Olympics, the most sensible thing to do in finest traditions of Open Olympic sport is to simply ask the appropriate national Olympic Federation to organise their own team in association with the sport governing body
The Olympics should be the pinnacle of achievement for the sport concerned, the absolute zenith and most sought after prize available. In golf it isn't. That simple. Golf therefore degrades the Olympics
And before you say what about Tennis, Football, and Basketball, neither should they either .... unless, they're being played by amateurs for whom winning an Olympic gold medal means something (as it is in boxing). Golfers and tennis players are amongst some of the richest sports people on the planet, they're miles removed from the original idea of the modern Olympics (which despite being creditted to the French, was actually a British invention heralding from the Shropshire village of Much Wenlock which Baron de Coubertin just happened to visit)
There are other sports that have world championships of course, but an Olympic medal is on parallel with these in things like Rowing, Cycling, Badminton, Sailing
Too many non-Olympics sports have made it into the Olympics, others have mercifully been lost (like game shooting!) but I'd start by culling those which don't really have the Olympic Gold as its principal accolade
Actually bring back game shooting, that would be a hoot. Although the fried doves from 1988 has come perilously close (no longer allowed to ue doves in the opening ceremony after that fiasco)
Fair point @FarawayFairways. I do miss the Olympics being all amateur. I am lukewarm at best about golf in the Olympics as well. I would ad that there are many sports that don't have professional version that do not belong in the Olympics either. Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, curling (forgive me @Ernest Jones ). I don't see these falling into the Olympic ideal of greatest athlete either. There are many more, including shooting sports, that don't require you to be a great athlete.
But back on topic, I believe even wealthy athletes will still be very proud to represent their country in golf, including Tiger, Phil or whoever makes the team. The original Olympians in the first few modern games were wealthy men for the most part.