Monday, February 8, 2016

Who Will Qualify for the 2016 Women's Golf Olympic Team?

We are just six months away from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. After an absence of over 100 years, golf will return.

                How Do the Players Qualify? Let's Take a Look:

1- Qualifications will be based on the world rankings as of July 11, 2016, with a total of 60 players qualifying.

2- All players who are ranked in the top 15 of the Rolex Rankings as of July 11, 2016 will automatically qualify. The only exception to this is that one country may not have more than 4 players.

3- The remaining spots will go to the highest ranked players from countries that do not already have 2 golfers qualified.

4- The International Golf Federation has guaranteed one player from the host country of Brazil.

5- The International Golf federation has guaranteed that at least one golfer from each geographical region ( America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) will qualify.

Here is the Format:

Seventy-two holes of individual stroke play (four rounds scheduled over four consecutive days). The player with the lowest aggregate score wins. In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, a playoff will determine the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners.

For all rounds, the intention is to play in groups of three off the first tee. Pairings will be published no later than 2 days before the start of the first round. For rounds 3 and 4 pairings will be done by accumulative score of the previous round, with the leaders teeing off last.

If the event was held today, the following players would qualify: 
(Based on Rolex Rankings of 2/1/16)

1 Lydia Ko NZL
2 Inbee Park KOR
3 Stacy Lewis USA
4 Lexi Thompson USA
5 Sei Young Kim KOR
6 So Yeon Ryu KOR
7 Hyo-Joo Kim KOR
8 Shanshan Feng CHN
9 Cristie Kerr USA
10 Suzann Pettersen NOR
11 Anna Nordqvist SWE
12 Brooke M. Henderson CAN
13 Minjee Lee AUS
14 Teresa Lu TPE
15 Azahara Munoz ESP
16 Karrie Webb AUS
17 Mika Miyazato JPN
18 Shiho Oyama JPN
19 Pornanong Phatlum THA
20 Charley Hull GBR
21 Yani Tseng TPE
22 Sandra Gal GER
23 Xiyu Lin CHN
24 Carlota Ciganda ESP
25 Lee-Anne Pace RSA
26 Karine Icher FRA
27 Julieta Granada PAR
28 Ariya Jutanugarn THA
29 Catriona Matthew GBR
30 Mariajo Uribe COL
31 Nicole Larsen DEN
32 Gwladys Nocera FRA
33 Caroline Masson GER
34 Pernilla Lindberg SWE
35 Christel Boeljon NED
36 Emily Kristine Pedersen DEN
37 Alena Sharp CAN
38 Marianne Skarpnord NOR
39 Paula Reto RSA
40 Ursula Wikstrom FIN
41 Klara Spilkova CZE
42 Stephanie Meadow IRL
43 Kelly Tan MAS
44 Dewi Claire Schreefel NED
45 Christine Wolf AUT
46 Noora Tamminen FIN
47 Maria Verchenova RUS
48 Leona Maguire IRL
49 Giulia Sergas ITA
50 Fabienne In-Albon SUI
51 Laetitia Beck ISR
52 Giulia Molinaro ITA
53 Alejandra Llaneza MEX
54 Michelle Koh MAS
55 Gaby Lopez MEX
56 Chloe Leurquin BEL
57 Paz Echeverria CHI
58 Cathryn Bristow NZL
59 Aditi Ashok IND
60 Victoria Lovelady BRA

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  1. Based on this lineup, it looks to be an interesting event, for sure. Only 3 US players qualify. I'm not sure which group will be more upset. Fans or the players themselves. No Creamer, no Wie, no Korda. No Ai-chan. Things are changing...

    1. Three is not a guarantee for the U.S. Christie Kerr will drop from 11 to 13 with Ha Na Jang and Brooke Henderson moving up. The U.S. could conceivably only qualify Stacy and Lexi for Rio.

  2. Excellent point Glen. There sure has been a "
    Changing of the guard" in women's golf these past 18 months.

  3. agreed, this is definitely going to be an interesting lineup to watch. Not sure how I feel about it.

  4. Lydia Ko... just a phenomenal golfer all the way around. Look forward to see what happens next in the LPGA.