11. A June 2011 peer-reviewed study categorized 159 sports as one of three types: combat, independent, or object. Golf is one of 74 independent sports, along with others such as gymnastics, track and field, swimming, speed skating, and surfing. Not all sports have to be object (like football and baseball), or combat (like boxing and karate).
12. Golf has many things in common with other sports, including: professional men's and women's tours with rankings, tournaments all over the world, millions of fans, television coverage, scoring, and winners. The TV guide lists golf events under sports programs.
Arguments against Golf Is a Sport:
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They point to golf's inclusion in the Olympics starting in 2016 as further evidence of its qualification as a sport.
Opponents say that golf better meets the definition of "game" than "sport," does not require rigorous physical activity, and can be played professionally by people who are overweight, injured, or non-athletic. They argue that golf is a game or leisure activity, and they cite golf's 112-year absence from the Olympics as proof that it is not a sport.
In my opinion, golf is a sport. My main reasons are that the contrary would result in an extremely narrow definition of sport that I don’t agree with and maybe more importantly, what experts say. Experts to me are the people who practice the activity. I have asked many people who play golf if they consider it a sport and found not a single person who plays golf who said that it is not a sport. Confronting them with the argument of a lack of physical challenge, they opined that playing an 18-hole round of golf can be physically quite