The PGA Tour and LPGA have already worked together on events that have had great success. A great example of this would be the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, where they worked in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to play back-to-back weeks with men. The men’s tour played first at Pinehurst No. 2 therefore LPGA players were able to follow the event and take notes of the demanding layout on which the German Martin Kaymer was crowned champion. A week after it was the American Michelle Wie who hoist her first career major in the historic course designed by Donald J. Ross.
Golf’s return to the Olympics of Rio 2016 will emulate the 2014 U.S. Open setup and will be held in a similar format. The men will be the first to set foot on the new course designed by Gil Hanse and will compete August 11 thru 14. While the ladies will be kickoff their attempt for an Olympic medal from the 17 thru the 20. Both sides will compete in a 72-hole individual stroke play format.
The field will be composed of 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s based on world golf rankings the top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible with a limit of four players per country. Beyond the top-15 the golfers will be eligible based on the world rankings with a maximum of two eligible players from each country.
With the new partnership between the two organizations the opportunity to create joint events has become even bigger. Both commissioners expressed the desire to explore the possibility of creating mixed events.
The window on how the tournaments could be setup has become broad and it could even be a whole new playing format. During his press conference the PGA Tour Commissioner invited the media to comment on which could be an ideal format if a joint event were to take place.
“You all, everybody here should think about this,” Finchem said. “If we did have an opportunity to do something together, what would be the coolest format we could use? Because if the opportunity came up, we would want to take full advantage of it. “