Tiger, Harrington help golf's campaign

LONDON -- Tiger Woods is
one of 18 of the world's leading golfers to back the
International Golf Federation's bid to have the sport
included in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Woods has written personally and sent a 32-page brochure
outlining the bid to the International Olympic Committee.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, winner of two majors last
year; Fiji's Vijay Singh; Europe 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie; and Spain's Sergio Garcia also have written to
their respective Olympic committee representatives to try and restore golf to the
Olympic lineup for the first time in more than 100 years.

"As we have consistently stated from the outset of the bid
process, it is imperative that the best players in the world
support golf's Olympic effort," Peter Dawson, chief executive of
The R&A and joint secretary of the IGF, said.

Dawson said in a statement that this campaign would give golf "the best
chance of being selected by the IOC to participate in the 2016
Olympic Games."

The IGF's Olympic committee, which represents golf's main
organizations and tours, hopes to claim one of two spots made available for new
sports at the 2016 Games.

Dawson said last year that stroke play would be
the proposed format for golf at the Games, with men and women
taking part. The last time Olympic medals were up for grabs in
golf was at the 1904 Games in St. Louis.

Golf faces competition from baseball, karate, roller sports,
rugby, softball and squash, with the IOC's final vote
taking place in October when the host city also will be chosen.
Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are the contenders.