Mickelson hails return to Games

SINGAPORE - World No 2 Phil Mickelson believes golf's return to the Olympic Games is the greatest thing that could happen to the sport.

SINGAPORE - World No 2 Phil Mickelson believes golf's return to the Olympic Games is the greatest thing that could happen to the sport.

Despite the odd note of dissent, golf featuring in the 2016 Games has been celebrated by leading figures in the sport, who anticipate a surge in participation around the world as a result.

"Everybody I have talked to is excited about golf becoming a part of the Olympics," said Mickelson as he prepared for this week's Barclays Singapore Open.

"It will allow the growth of the game on a global basis and with the Olympic foundations we will have a lot of money put towards the growth of the game for educating and teaching juniors."

The International Golf Federation has promised that the world's best will take part in Olympic golf, which will see 60 players in both men's and women's competitions facing off over 72 holes.

Mickelson said a shortened season in the United States was also good for the game, allowing players like himself and Tiger Woods to travel more globally to help promote the sport. - Sapa-AFP

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