Golf: A success or failure at the Olympic Games?

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    • Golf reintroduced to Olympics for first time in 112 years
    • Many skeptical about sport's first inclusion since 1904
    • Several leading players already withdrawn

    (CNN)A cloud of controversy has seemed to follow golf ever since it was announced the sport would be reintroduced to the Olympics at Rio 2016.

    How would the course construction affect local land owners and wildlife? How will it fit into an already hectic calender? How seriously will the sport's top players take it?
      A number of leading golfers, including major winner Adam Scott, have already decided to pull out of the Games.
      But there are still several leading figures in the sport who believe its reintroduction after 112 years is merited.
      "Golf made an incredible pledge at the time, back in 2009," Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director, said of the sport's bid.
      "They presented all the added value golf could bring to the Olympic Games and when it came to reviewing the program and deciding the sports for the Rio Games, we came to the conclusion that golf would be a formidable opportunity."
      Canadian Ben Lyons was the last to receive a gold medal for the sport at the 1904 Missouri Games, and it remains to be seen whether golf will leave a lasting Olympic legacy or disappear into obscurity for another century.