Olympic Golf Brazil 2016 – Only 4 USA Players Allowed!
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Golf will be played at the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, for the first time since the 1904 Olympics.
60 female and 60 male players will be chosen based on a player’s official world golf ranking. All players within the top 15 of the orders will be eligible as of July 11, 2016. BUT. . . no more than 4 players can come from any one country. Countries that don’t have more than 2 players in the top 15 will send only 2 players.
The maximum-4-players-per-country rule means that a lot of top American players will be left sitting at home.
Qualifying for the Olympic Games ends July 11, 2016, and the list of contenders will be released after that. This will definitely be a hot topic next summer!
Read more from GOLF.com.
The International Golf Federation announced the qualification system to be used for golf in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and some top American players might find themselves sitting at home.
Golf will be played at the Olympics for the first since the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, and will feature men’s and women’s individual events. Both events will have 60 players competing in a 72-hole stroke play format competition for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
According to federation rules, the 60 players will be determined by an Olympic Golf Ranking list to be published on the IGF website and is based on a player’s official world golf ranking.
All players within the top-15 of the rankings as of July 11, 2016, will be eligible, with one big caveat: No more than four players can come from any one country. The rest of the field will be determined by the world golf rankings, with a maximum of two players per country for countries that don’t have more than two players in the top-15. If the Olympics were held today, then Bubba Watson (World Rank 4th), Matt Kuchar (5th), Tiger Woods (7th) and Jordan Spieth (10th) would make the U.S. team, while top-15 players Jim Furyk (11th), Phil Mickelson (13th) and Zach Johnson (14th) would be left out. No other country has more than two players in the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
As the host country, Brazil will be guaranteed one Brazilian female and male golfer, if not otherwise eligible.
Also of the five continents of the Olympic Movement (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) will have at least one golfer in each of the men’s and women’s events.
Qualifying for the Olympic Games ends July 11, 2016, and the final Olympic list will be released after that. The opening ceremonies for the Games are scheduled for Aug. 5, 2016.
Source : GOLF.com
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