Six in 10 players on the PGA Tour said they would rather win the Players Championship than an Olympic gold medal, according to the Sports Illustrated anonymous Tour pro survey.
Some players, including Rickie Fowler, already have said they’d rather win a major title than gold in Rio, but that most Tour pros would also choose a Players title over a gold medal sheds more light on how the world’s best players rate the prestige of the golf event at the Summer Games in August.
On a more positive note for golf in Olympics, most players also said that they would choose a gold medal over a run-of-the-mill Tour title. When asked whether they’d rather win gold in Rio or the Texas Open, 76% players chose the medal.
Golf is making its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. The men’s event runs from Aug. 11-14. The women’s competition is from Aug. 17-20.