The format for the 2020 Olympics will blow your mind

The Scoop

We now know the golf format for the next Olympics, Reed vs. Spieth gets spicy, and Gareth Bale's done it again. Alex Perry explains all in The Slam

As I’m sure you already know golf will return to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – that was decided a long time ago.

Well, the organisers have announced this week that they have decided on a format.

There had been talk of a match play format, or a team event, or maybe even mixing the men and the women. But they’ve come up with something even better.

Are you ready?

This will blow your mind – that’s why I put that clickbaity headline.

Drum roll please…

Seventy-two holes of stroke play!

Honestly? Who is the brains behind this? Do they not do market research? Do they not consult with the masses? Do they not care that they have this ability to exhilarate, to inspire, to influence?

They had this amazing opportunity to try something new and they fluffed their lines.

Anyway, you can watch players doing the same thing they do every week at Kasumigaseki Country Club in just over two years’ time.

Reed digs deep

It all got a bit salty at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when Patrick Reed found himself in a bit of trouble around some wooded area by a TV compound.

When denied a free drop by an official he declared: “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth.”

Meow.

I love PReed, I’m one of his biggest fans – golf needs gobby types like him as much as it needs legends like Tiger Woods.

And just to make it more interesting, Reed and Spieth were drawn in the same group as each other for the WGC Match Play.

The pair will go head-to-head on Friday afternoon UK time – so after the recording of this video – but if I could give Spieth one piece of advice, it would be: “Don’t ask for any free drops.”

Two things that did happen before we came into film, though, were ridiculous shots – for very different reasons – from Sergio Garcia and Justin Thomas. Check these out…

Bale’s back yard is better than yours

And finally, you may remember just before Christmas when we were gushing over Gareth Bale’s back garden, with its replica of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

The speculation then was that the Real Madrid star would add two more of golf’s famous par-3 holes – the Postage Stamp from Royal Troon and Augusta’s Golden Bell.

Well, the company that has designed Bale’s dream three-hole track have revealed it is now finished. In fact, it was done a couple of years ago but the garden needed to time to “mature”.

And Gareth, if you’re watching, our clubs are already in the car mate…

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