Tiger Woods won’t be playing golf in the Olympics any time soon, but he would like to see the format changed.
Speaking at a press conference before the Quicken Loans National, a tournament sponsored by Woods’ foundation, Woods took questions on his rehab, the U.S. Open rules fiasco and when we might see him again playing competitive golf. When asked about the Olympics, Woods said he would like to see more of the best players in the world play for the gold medal. The current format allows for 60 players competing in a stroke-play event with the top-15 players in the world ranking getting automatic invites. No country can have more than four players in the event.
“It’ll be a spectacular event just because it’s the Olympics,” Woods said. “It would be better if we had a more top-heavy field. I wish that, for me personally, they would have gone say the top 50 guys in the world and just done it that way.”
That format would more resemble the fields that make up the the World Golf Championships, the four events played annually comprised only of the top 50 players in the world rankings.
“I just wish they would have had a more quality of field, similar to what we face at the major championships,” Woods said.
The quality of the field has diminished in recent weeks, and it’s not because of the format. Due to fears of the Zika virus, several top players have said they will not travel to Rio to compete in the Olympics. Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday morning that he would be skipping the Games, joining Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh.