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On 2/20/2020 at 4:57 AM, IowaGreg said:

Would you rather...? #19:

Be able to play golf as well as you do now BOTH righty and lefty, for the rest of your life… or… Reduce your handicap by 25% relative to +4 (i.e. an 18 is 22 strokes away, so 5.5 strokes) for the rest of your life?

On 2/20/2020 at 5:18 AM, iacas said:

I think @mvmac would choose the first option too, since he's already a +3.

Correct, I would never want to reduce my handicap 😂

Now if we're talking about improving my potential or ability by 25% or whatever, that's a different story. That'll help me more in the long run in tournaments and money games than playing lefty.

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This came up in conversation with my wife yesterday. Once again, you'll have to imagine you are an elite level player.

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

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36 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Win a major. A major with help get you into the Golf HoF. An Olympic gold is nice, but not as prestigious. Example: Tour de France win or Gold Medal. Tour de France hands down.

I'd pick the Masters because I would get to play every year until I got kicked out! 

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

You know, I was going to say a major and it wouldn't even be close, but a gold medal is only possible once every four years, and only twice in the past 100 or so… so I'm going with the Olympic Gold. If you're eligible to win an Olympic medal, you're clearly very highly ranked as a player in order to just qualify, so it's not like you shouldn't have other chances to win other events.

Plus, I mean, you get to say you're an Olympian. You get the whole experience. You get to stand on a podium and hear your national anthem and march into the stadium and so on.

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Gold medal.  I would show up early, march in the opening parade and then stay after the Gold Medal tournament to attend the closing.  Hanging with all those world class athletes would be cool to the extreme. Representing one's country would be the ultimate honor.

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2 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

I'd take winning the Open Championship, it would get me into the other majors and I could play the Open rota until age 60.

57 minutes ago, iacas said:

You know, I was going to say a major and it wouldn't even be close, but a gold medal is only possible once every four years, and only twice in the past 100 or so… so I'm going with the Olympic Gold. If you're eligible to win an Olympic medal, you're clearly very highly ranked as a player in order to just qualify, so it's not like you shouldn't have other chances to win other events.

Plus, I mean, you get to say you're an Olympian. You get the whole experience. You get to stand on a podium and hear your national anthem and march into the stadium and so on.

I get wanting the Olympic experience, but you only have to be highly rated to get into the Olympics as a citizen of the US, UK, Australia, Spain, etc - there will be some not highly rated players from less "developed". And knowing my luck I'd qualify get in this year and have it be cancelled for COVID-19, or have it mean less as 1/2 the field decides not to participate.

Here are the current rankings - https://www.igfgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/olympicsMenReallocationReserveList-02_03_20.pdf

the 60th ranked player is Udayan Mane, who is #249 in OWGR

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1 minute ago, Wally Fairway said:

I get wanting the Olympic experience, but you only have to be highly rated to get into the Olympics as a citizen of the US, UK, Australia, Spain, etc - there will be some not highly rated players from less "developed".

I live in the U.S. Thus, I'd have to be one of the top roughly ten players in the world.

Heck, from the list you provided, US players are six of the first 11, and only the first four qualify, so…

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3 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

 

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Not even close.  Win a major.

But then, I’m a bit of an Olympic purist and don’t even think that golf belongs there.

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3 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

This came up in conversation with my wife yesterday. Once again, you'll have to imagine you are an elite level player.

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

I'd pick the major win. It would be more career helpful down the line. My first choice would be The Masters. 

Plus, like last Olympics, being a top world pro, I'd probably have a reason for not wanting to play in the Olympics. 

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3 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Hands down an Olympic Gold.  You get 16 opportunities for a major as opposed to an Olympic Gold.  Plus, the Olympics are far more widely viewed and respected as opposed to a major only being among golf fans.

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20 minutes ago, pganapathy said:

Hands down an Olympic Gold.  You get 16 opportunities for a major as opposed to an Olympic Gold.  Plus, the Olympics are far more widely viewed and respected as opposed to a major only being among golf fans.

News flash.  Only golf fans watch Olympic golf.

It ain’t gymnastics.  :-D

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18 minutes ago, David in FL said:

News flash.  Only golf fans watch Olympic golf.

It ain’t gymnastics.  :-D

Maybe, but at least some non-golf fans will know who won the gold medal whereas non-golf fans have no clue about the majors

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Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

There's far more nostalgia and tradition with the Majors... not so much in the Olympics, relative to golf.  I'll pick a major... the MASTERS!  That would be the only way I'd ever get to play Augusta National for a week... in my lifetime.  And, as a rookie, I'd get to stay in the Crow's Nest.   Besides, the green jacket would be fun to wear while sitting on my lawn in my adirondack chair whilst sipping a glass of champagne.  Making a statement in the 'hood and telling the kids (and deer) to get off my lawn at the same time.   

And the Masters pays more, and I already have my gold medal from winning the high jump in elementary school.

Edited by Double Mocha Man

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5 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...?  #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Olympic Gold or a Majors win...hmmm the prestige of both is pretty equal.  For me it would be a Major and the Masters at that as I would love to play Augusta one time.  Have had co-workers that had family associated with the course and to hear how awesome it is keeps this a bucket list item. Besides at 60 yrs old, I would be an "old fart" who beat the young guns!  That is what legends are made of! 

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1 hour ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Besides, the green jacket would be fun to wear while sitting on my lawn in my adirondack chair whilst sipping a glass of champagne. 

I figured you'd be more the Waffle House kind of guy like Bubba! :-P

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6 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Definitely Olympic gold for me. I’d probably represent my native country instead of the US as well.

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2 minutes ago, billchao said:

Definitely Olympic gold for me. I’d probably represent my native country instead of the US as well.

@billchao I don't want to be the one to have to tell you this, but New Jersey isn't actually a foreign country.  … It just seems that way. 

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1 hour ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Would you rather...? #20:

Win an Olympic Golf Medal in Golf this year or Win one of the majors this year (you can pick which one)? 

Besides, the green jacket would be fun to wear while sitting on my lawn in my adirondack chair whilst sipping a glass of champagne.  Making a statement in the 'hood and telling the kids (and deer) to get off my lawn at the same time. 

I'll agree that The Masters has to be the choice for me as well. You only get the jacket off the grounds for the first year though, not long enough for me to get old enough for the get off my lawn statement to be used. That is unless I go to Augusta to tell the other golfers to get of "my" lawn, but I don't think members would take to kindly to that. 

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