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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Tiger Woods is game for Olympics in 2016 — if he qualifies


Tiger Woods and his swing coach, Sean Foley, do some work on the driving range after a practice round before the Bridgestone Invitational. (Phil Long / AP)
Tiger Woods wants to go to Rio in 2016.

Woods pointed out relatively modestly that he’d have to qualify first, but that wouldn’t be a problem if, say, he were to regain the No. 1 ranking in the world at the Bridgestone Invitational that begins today.

“If I get in, it would be great,” Woods said. Golf will make its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro’s Games. “I don't know how it's going to be scheduling wise. We have seven big events right now in this stretch, and we're adding an eighth. It's going to be a very, very busy summer for us as golfers.

“But it's also the Olympics, and it is a very big event and something that we haven't historically been involved in. It's always a first to be involved in something to that magnitude, and if I make it, that would be great.”

Just how golfers will be selected for the team and how many are matters to be determined. Going by world rankings at the moment, though, Woods, No. 2 overall, would be a cinch. But Rio is still awfully distant and a lot can change in four years. Just ask Woods.

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