Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Olympic Golf 2020: How players qualify to compete in Tokyo (and the latest rankings)

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Justin Rose of Great Britain celebrates with the gold medal, Henrik Stenson (L) of Sweden the silver, and Matt Kuchar of the United States with the bronze after the final round of men’s golf competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

By Ryan Herrington
Making a memorable return to the Olympics in 2016 after an 112-year absence, golf will be part of the Summer Games again this July in Tokyo. Both the men’s and women’s Olympic competitions will be 72-hole stroke-play tournaments held at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kasahata, Saitama, Japan, about 35 miles northwest of downtown Tokyo. As was the case four years ago in Rio, the field in both events will consist of 60 players representing their respective home countries.

But how will those Olympic fields be determined? Or more to the point for some people, will Tiger Woods be playing for the United States this summer? The answer is … maybe. It all depends on where Woods ranks in the Olympic Golf Rankings on the final date of qualifying in June—or more specifically where he ranks in relations to the other eligible American golfers.

To help understand the Olympic qualification process, we’ve outlined the rules below as well as listed what the field would look like as of the most recently publication of the Olympic Golf Rankings (Jan. 27). We’ll update this list periodically to keep you up to speed on who is in and who is out of the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the actual final deadline for eligibility. (Spoiler: Woods WOULD BE eligible to play if qualifying ended this week.)

So here goes: The same qualification rules apply for both the men’s and women’s Olympics fields. The top 15 players in the Olympic Golf Rankings (which essentially mirror the Official World Golf Ranking for men and the Rolex Rankings for women) will be eligible for the Olympics up to a maximum of four golfers per country. The four-player max is perhaps the biggest hurdle for Woods’ effort to qualify for the Olympics as he has to make sure he’s not only in the top 15 overall in the rankings, but also that he’s one of the top four ranked Americans to secure a spot.

After the top 15, the field will be filled until getting to 60 golfers by going down the Olympic Golf Ranking, with the top two ranked players qualifying from any country that does not have two or more players from the top 15. The host country, Japan, is also guaranteed at least two golfers in the field.

Here then is a country by country breakdown of the players that would be in the Olympics if the cut off were this week (men’s qualifying ends on June 22, the day after the U.S. Open; women’s qualifying ends June 29). The men’s competition will be held July 30-Aug. 2; the women’s Aug. 5-8.

MEN (World Ranking in parenthesis)

Emiliano Grillo (119)
Fabian Gomez (245)

Adam Scott (15)
Marc Leishman (20)
Next in line: Cameron Smith (34), Jason Day (44), Lucas Herbert (79)

Bernd Wiesberger (22)
Matthias Schwab (78)
Next in line: Sepp Straka (170)

Thomas Pieters (83)
Thomas Detry (117)
Next in line: Nicolas Colsaerts (183)

Adam Hadwin (52)
Corey Conners (61)
Next in line: Nick Taylor (236)

Joaquin Niemann (62)

Haotong Li (75)
Xinjun Zhang (138)

Chinese Taipei
C.T. Pan (77)

Sebastian Munoz (103)

Lucas Bjerregaard (91)
Thorbjorn Olesen (114)
Next in line: Joachim B. Hansen (166)

Mikko Korhonen (144)
Kalle Samooja (187)

Victor Perez (41)
Michael Lorenzo-Vera (64)
Next in line: Benjamin Hebert (93), Romain Langasque (109)

Martin Kaymer (113)
Sebastian Heisele (202)

Great Britain
Justin Rose (8)
Tommy Fleetwood (10)
Next in line: Paul Casey (19), Matthew Fitzpatrick (25), Lee Westwood (29), Danny Willett (31), Tyrrell Hatton (33)

Rashid Khan (176)

Rory McIlroy (2)
Shane Lowry (18)
Next in line: Graeme McDowell (104)

Francesco Molinari (23)
Andrea Pavan (81)
Next in line: Guido Migliozzi (123), Francesco Laporta (124)

Hideki Matsuyama (24)
Shugo Imahira (36)
Next in line: Ryo Ishikawa (80)

Gavin Kyle Green (197)

Abraham Ancer (30)
Carlos Ortiz (150)

Joost Luiten (90)
Darius Van Driel (193)

New Zealand
Danny Lee (97)
Ryan Fox (154)

Viktor Hovland (94)
Kristoffer Ventura (182)

The Philippines
Miguel Tabuena (232)

Adrian Meronk (234)

Rory Sabbatini (88)

South Africa
Louis Oosthuizen (14)
Erik van Rooyen (46)
Next in line: Shaun Norris (57), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (60), Branden Grace (74), Justin Harding (82)

South Korea
Sungjae Im (35)
Byeong Hun An (49)
Next in line: Sung Kang (85)

Jon Rahm (3)
Sergio Garcia (42)
Next in line: Rafa Cabrere-Bello (45)

Henrik Stenson (27)
Alex Noren (84)
Next in line: Marcus Kinhult (87)

Jazz Janewattananond (38)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (120)
Next in line: Gunn Chareonkul (126)

United States
Brooks Koepka (1)
Justin Thomas (4)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Tiger Woods (6)
Next in line: Patrick Cantlay (7), Xander Schauffele (9), Webb Simpson (11), Patrick Reed (12), Tony Finau (13)

Jhonattan Vegas (156)

Scott Vincent (134)

Scott Halleran
Silver medalist Lydia Ko of New Zealand, gold medalist Inbee Park of Korea and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng of China pose after Women’s Golf competition at the 2016 Rio games.

WOMEN (Rolex Rankings in parenthesis)

Minjee Lee (9)
Hannah Green (22)
Next in line: Su-Hyun Oh (58), Katherine Kirk (113)

Christine Wolf (213)

Manon De Roey (285)

Brooke Henderson (7)
Alena Sharp (111)
Next in line: Anne-Catherine Tanguay (327)

Shanshan Feng (23)
Yu Liu (35)
Next in line: Jing Yan (76)

Chinese Taipei
Teresa Lu (85)
Wei-Ling Hsu (98)

Mariajo Uribe (168)

Czech Republic
Klara Spilkova (253)

Nanna Koerstz Madsen (66)
Nicole Broch Larsen (74)

Daniela Darquea (186)

Sanna Nuutinen (296)
Ursula Wikstrom (303)

Celine Boutier (53)
Perrine Dela Cour (262)
Next in line: Celine Herbin (334), Karine Icher (407)

Caroline Masson (37)
Esther Henseleit (128)
Next in line: Olivia Cowan (163), Sandra Gal (173)

Great Britain
Charley Hull (26)
Bronte Law (32)
Next in line: Georgia Hall (40), Jodi Shadoff (87)

Hong Kong
Tiffany Chan (206)

Aditi Ashok (147)
Diksha Dagar (358)

Stephanie Meadow (228)
Leona Maguire (259)

Laetitia Beck (379)

Giulia Molinaro (234)

Nasa Hataoka (4)
Hinako Shibuno (11)
Ai Suzuki (14)
Next in line: Mone Inami (57), Yui Kawamoto (59), Momoko Ueda (62)

Gaby Lopez (43)
Maria Fassi (298)

The Netherlands
Anne van Dam (97)

New Zealand
Lydia Ko (42)

Marianna Skarpnord (153)
Tonje Daffinrud (318)

Julieta Granada (324)

The Philippines
Yuka Saso (287)
Clariss Guce (295)

Puerto Rico
Maria Fernanda Torres (135)

Katja Pogacar (399)

South Africa
Ashleigh Buhai (106)
Lee-Anne Pace (310)

South Korea
Jin Young Ko (1)
Sung Hyun Park (2)
Sei Young Kim (6)
Jeongeun Lee6 (8)
Next in line: Hyo-Joo Kim (12), Inbee Park (16), So Yeon Ryu (18), Amy Yang (20), Mi Hur (21)

Carlota Ciganda (15)
Azahara Munoz (44)
Next in line: Nuira Iturrioz (223)

Madelene Sagstrom (55)
Anna Nordqvist (95)
Next in line: Caroline Hedwall (129)

Albane Valenzuela (403)

Ariya Jutanugarn (13)
Moriya Jutanugarn (38)
Next in line: Pornanong Phatlum (86)

United States
Nelly Korda (3)
Danielle Kang (5)
Lexi Thompson (10)
Next in line: Jessica Korda (17), Lizette Salas (19), Brittany Altomare (28), Marina Alex (33), Angel Yin (41)


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