Wyndham Clark is understandably thrilled to represent the U.S. at the upcoming Olympics in Paris. It will be his first time competing in the Games, but the third time representing his country having played in the Palmer Camp in 2014 and last year’s Ryder Cup.

The 30-year-old has made it clear that he has high expectations of what to expect during next month’s Olympics, and made a statement that some in the golf world may find controversial, or straight-up false, when comparing the Olympics to the Ryder Cup.

“The Ryder Cup in golf is kind of the biggest thing, but now that golf’s in the Olympics, it’s probably even bigger than that, because you’re representing your country at such a bigger level,” Clark said ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship.

“Hopefully, all four of us can go and try to snag some podium spots and give medals to the U.S. to try to win that total medal count. But, yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This probably ranks as the coolest team I’ve ever made, for sure.”

To be fair, Clark is not wrong when he says the Olympic stage is “at a much higher level” than the Ryder Cup. Clark will be competing against players from countries all over the world, rather than a team of 12 Europeans.

However, the lights shine much brighter on the Ryder Cup stage. It's hard to argue with the notion that the biennial event is the highest team event in golf. History and rivalries built over the years are the two biggest factors in that. The Olympics have dozens and dozens of events to pay attention to over the course of the month, while the Ryder Cup offers three days of exciting match play golf.

Clark secured the fourth and final spot on the U.S. Olympic team alongside Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele, who won a gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

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