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Olympic Golf 2021: Best to wait to place your bets, as stars start to test positive


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Many sceptics thought the rich professionals had no incentive to turn up in Rio as golf made a memorable return to the Olympics in 2016 after an 112-year absence.

 

Many including Rory McIlroy decided that the violence over in the country was not worth the hassle and opted to stay at home.

 

Well many now envy Justin Rose, who although he has had a stellar career, will perhaps always be remembered as the Gold medal winner.

 

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Justin Rose celebrates after securing Olympic gold in the men’s golf tournament Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

 

 And Justin will be part of the Summer Games again this July in Tokyo.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the International Olympic Committee to postpone the entire 2020 Olympics to 2021, and while there will be limits on fan attendance and other player logistics, the IOC is preparing to move forward with the competition.

 

And surprise surprise.... even with the Covid pandemic, Rory has opted to play, as maybe he now understands the power of being an Olympic champion carries for life.

 

When it is played, 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 in Rio, the field in both events will consist of 60 players representing their respective home countries.

 

But how were the Olympic fields be determined? The short answer is the same way they were supposed to be a year ago.

 

Olympic qualification process

 

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To help understand the Olympic qualification process, we’ve outlined the rules here.

 

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) are eligible for the Olympics up to a maximum of four golfers per country.

 

After the top 15, the field is 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. If a player is eligible for a team but decides not to participate, the next eligible golfer from that country can take the spot from the player who has pulled out.

 

Here then is a country by country breakdown of the men’s fields. The men’s qualifying period ended on June 21, the day after the U.S. Open.

 

MEN (World Ranking in parenthesis)

Australia
Cameron Smith (28)
Marc Leishman (43)

Austria
Matthias Schwab (118)
Sepp Straka (174)

Belgium
Thomas Detry (94)
Thomas Pieters (107)

Canada
Corey Conners (36)
Mackenzie Hughes (63)

Chile
Joaquin Niemann (31)
Mito Pereira (146)

China
Carl Yuan (291)
Ashun Wu (315)

Chinese Taipei
C.T. Pan (181)

Colombia
Sebastian Munoz (67)

Czech Republic
Ondrej Lieser (231)

Denmark
Rasmus Hojgaard (121)
Joachim B. Hansen (151)

Finland
Kalle Samooja (117)
Sami Valimaki (122)

France
Antoine Rozner (78)
Roman Langasque (186)

Germany
Maximilian Kieffer (193)
Hurly Long (263)

Great Britain
Paul Casey (20)
Tommy Fleetwood (33)

India
Anirban Lahiri (340)
Udayan Mane (356)

Ireland
Rory McIlroy (10)
Shane Lowry (42)

Italy
Guido Migliozzi (72)
Renatro Paratore (180)

Japan
Hideki Matsuyama (16)
Rikuya Hoshino (76)

Malaysia
Gavin Kyle Green (286)

Mexico
Abraham Ancer (23)
Carlos Ortiz (53)

New Zealand
Ryan Fox (178)

Norway
Viktor Hovland (14)
Kristian K. Johannessen (292)

Paraguay
Fabrizio Zanotti (280)

The Philippines
Juvic Pagunsan (216)

Poland
Adrian Meronk (189)

Puerto Rico
Rafael Campos (281)

Slovakia
Rory Sabbatini (167)

South Africa
Garrick Higgo (38)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (46)

South Korea
Sungjae Im (26)
Si Woo Kim (49)

Spain
Adri Arnaus (147)
Note: Jon Rahm 
withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for COVID in his final test before traveling to Tokyo.

Sweden
Alex Noren (95)
Henrik Norlander (136)

Thailand
Jazz Janewattananond (129)
Gunn Charoenkul (259)

United States
Justin Thomas (3)
Collin Morikawa (4)
Xander Schauffele (5)
Patrick Reed (9)
Note: Reed replaced Bryson DeChambeau, who 
withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for COVID before traveling to Tokyo.

Venezuela
Jhonattan Vegas (130)

Zimbabwe
Scott Vincent (239)

 

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