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Poulter: "Match Play should be Olympic event"
Golf will finally be returning to the pantheon of the Olympiad in 2016, but not in the form that England's Ian Poulter would like to see.

The proposal is currently for a 72-hole individual strokeplay tournament to be held in Brazil for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Poulter, however, feels that golf should take on the Match Play format and have players face each other in knockout tournament style.

“Most other sports are one-on-one,” said Poulter. “And that’s why I think viewers enjoy matchplay more. It’s more exciting and plays out better on TV. I think matchplay would suit the Olympics better.”

There would be a little self-interest too, of course. Poulter is one of the preeminent head-to-head exponents of the game, and is defending his Volvo World Matchplay title at Finca Cortesin this week. He also won the World Golf Championship of the same format in 2010.

“How about every week?” he said with a smirk. “The more we play, the better. I love the cutthroat, face-to-face nature of it and find the buzz a refreshing change from what we play week in and week out”.


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