Olympic Gold Medal or Major Championship – Top LPGA Players Answer Which Is More Prestigious

Published 08/03/2021, 8:47 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Practice – Kasumigaseki Country Club, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Nelly Korda of the United States and Jessica Korda of the United States play with Olympic rings. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


The golf community is split between a major debate as the Tokyo Olympics is currently taking center stage. Golf competitions are happening for just the second time at the Olympic games since 1904, and everyone is split between one question: Which is more worthy – winning a Major championship in golf or the Olympic gold medal? Here’s what a few LPGA golfers had to say: 

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The golf competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020 has garnered all the interest of fans. The men’s tournament concluded in a grand fashion and the women’s event is yet to begin. As the female golfers are getting ready to tee off at Kasumigaseki Country Club, here’s what winning an Olympic gold medal would mean to some of them. 

Golf made its comeback to the Olympics four years ago, and it was Inbee Park who triumphed in Rio. The South Korean won the tournament with a five-stroke lead and is touted to find success this time around as well.

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LPGA golfers pick between winning a Major and Olympic Gold

How can one possibly pick between two of the greatest milestones one can accomplish in sporting history. But in a world divided by opinion, there is always room for different thoughts. Retired LPGA pro and seven-time major winner Juli Inkster said that she would have loved to have competed at the Olympics. 

“I think the whole world is watching the Olympics,” Inkster mentioned. “I don’t think the whole world watches the LPGA. I wish they would.”

World No. 1 Nelly Korda can’t pick one out and embraces both prestigious events. Winning a major has its own perks, and likewise, an Olympic gold. 

“I think we’re at the point that even winning a major is growing the game,” Korda mentioned. “Playing just a regular tournament is growing the game, but there’s nothing like the Olympics.”

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Practice – Kasumigaseki Country Club, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Nelly Korda of the United States and Jessica Korda of the United States. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Korda’s compatriot Danielle Kang is thrilled to make her Olympic debut. Kang has an emotional attachment to the Olympic games, and would pick a gold medal over winning a Major. 

“I just keep crying every time there’s an opportunity for me to go to the Olympics. I don’t really cry when there’s a major championship up ahead,” Kang said. 

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Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda will be representing Team USA in the women’s golf competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Xander Schauffele won gold in the men’s event, and will one of these four golfers add to the success? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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