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2016 Olympic Women's Golf Preview

Golf will be returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904!




How Did the Players Qualify For the Olympics? 

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

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

3- The remaining spots went 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.


The format will be four rounds of stroke play. The first round will be played on Wednesday August 17, and conclude with the final round on Saturday August 20th.

The course is a par 71 (35/36), and is scheduled to play at 6,245 yards.

In the event of a tie for any of the top 3 positions, a 3 hole playoff will determine the medal winners.

There will be participants from 34 different countries (41 countries if you count the men), with South Korea leading the way with 4 players (women only). The United States with 3 players, is the only other country with more than two.

Here are the tee times for pairing (tee times) for round 1:

Golf Channel will broadcast live all four rounds from 6:30AM - 3:00PM ET.

Here is the list of participants:

1- Lydia Ko  - NZL
2- Brooke M. Henderson - CAN
3- Inbee Park - KOR
4- Lexi Thompson - USA
5- Sei Young Kim - KOR
6- Amy Yang - KOR
7- Ariya Jutanugarn - THA
8- In Gee Chun - KOR
9- Stacy Lewis - USA
10- Anna Nordqvist - SWE
11- Shanshan Feng - CHN
12- Minjee Lee - AUS
13- Gerina Piller - USA
14- Suzann Pettersen - NOR
15- Haru Nomura - JPN
16- Charley Hull - GBR
17- Teresa Lu - TPE                 
18- Candie Kung - TPE
19- Pornanong Phatlum - THA
20- Carlota Ciganda - ESP
21- Su Oh - AUS
22- Shiho Oyama - JPN
23- Azahara Munoz - ESP
24- Xi Yu Lin - CHN
25- Sandra Gal - GER
26- Karine Icher - FRA
27- Catriona Matthew - GBR
28- Caroline Masson - GER
29- Nicole Broch Larsen - DEN
30- Pernilla Lindberg - SWE
31- Alena Sharp - CAN
32- Gaby Lopez - MEX
33- Mariajo Uribe - COL
34- Nanna Koerstz Madsen - DEN
35- Paula Reto - RSA
36- Gwladys Nocera - FRA
37- Julieta Granada - PAR
38- Kelly Tan - MAS
39- Marianne Skarpnord - NOR
40- Ashleigh Simon - RSA
41- Laetitia Beck - ISR
42- Giulia Molinaro - ITA
43- Ursula Wikstrom - FIN
44- Noora Tamminen - FIN
45- Klara Spilkova - CZE
46- Christine Wolf - AUT
47- Giulia Sergas - ITA
48- Maria Verchenova - RUS
49- Leona Maguire - IRL
50- Albane - Valenzuela - SUI
51- Alejandra Llaneza - MEX
52- Chloe Leurquin - BEL
53- Fabienne In-Albon - SUI
54- Tiffany Chan - HKG
55- Michelle Koh - MAS
56- Aditi Ashok - IND
57- Miriam Nagi - BRA
58- Victoria Lovelady - BRA
59- Stephanie Meadow - IRL
60- Maha Haddioui - MAR

Here are my Pak Picker picks for this week's tournament.
1- Lydia Ko
2- Ariya Jutanugarn
3- Stacy Lewis
4- Sei Young Kim
5- Lexi Thompson
6- Brooke Henderson
7- Minjee Lee
8- Anna Nordqvist
9- Suzann Pettersen
10- Amy Yang
11- Shanshan Feng
12- In Gee Chun
My alternates are: Gerina Piller, Haru Nomura, and Charley Hull

Here are the leaders after round 3:
1
-11
 
T2 -9
 
T2 -9
 
4 -8
 
T5 -5
 
T5 -5
 
T5 -5
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T8 -4
 
T15 -3
 
T15 -3
 
T15 -3
 
T15 -3
 
T15 -3


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Comments

  1. Hey Tony
    Picking Lydia is never a bad idea but I'm wondering if the 2nd half of the2016 season will be seen as the beginning of a slide for her. That swing that Ledbetter has given her has a lot of moving parts. In my opinion it is not superior to her former swing, Yes I know she won Arkansas and Toledo but take away Toledo (basically given her through attrition, that playoff was awful) and maybe she won't win for a while. Then again, she may win 3 more times this year. Her mind is strong and she's a great player who knows how to close but I really don't like this swing.
    Mr Gee

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