If The Olympics Started Today...
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/11/13

Over the weekend, Golf Channel pointed out that, as of Saturday, the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil begins on August 5, 2016 — exactly 1,000 days away. They decided to post two lists of the 60 men and 60 women who would qualify for the 72-hole golf competition, based on their world rankings.

The International Golf Federation's current Olympic tournament proposal is that the world's top 15 ranked players will be eligible, with a limit of four players from each nation. After that, players will be eligible based on their rankings with a limit of two players from each nation that does not already have two or more players from the top 15.

For men, that system gives unusually heavy weight to the United States and Great Britain over 30 other countries. All eight men listed below who have won a major championship have played in at least one Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.

On the women's side, South Korea and the United States receive two extra players. The women's competition would have a total of 33 nations represented. Only six of the sixty women listed below have both won a major championship and played in a Solheim Cup, but of course that is, in part, because women's golf does not have a Presidents Cup counterpart.

Major champions are listed in bold
Players who have participated in a Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, or Presidents Cup are marked with an asterisk (*)

Men's Competition

Argentina

Ángel Cabrera* (56)
Andrés Romero (196)

Australia

Adam Scott* (2)
Jason Day* (20)

Austria

Bernd Weisberger (54)

Bangladesh

Siddikur Rahman (247)

Belgium

Nicolas Colsaerts* (58)

Brazil

Adilson da Silva (253)
Alexandre Rocha (402)

Canada

Graham DeLaet* (32)
David Hearn (137)

Chile

Felipe Aguilar (156)
Mark Tullo (376)

China

Wen-Chong Liang (132)
Ashun Wu (223)

Colombia

Camilo Villegas* (262)

Denmark

Thomas Bjørn* (46)
Thorbjørn Olesen (55)

Fiji

Vijay Singh* (140)

Finland

Mikko Ilonen (81)
Roope Kakko (214)

France

Victor Dubuisson (108)
Grégory Bourdy (113)

Germany

Martin Kaymer* (34)
Marcel Siem (78)

India

Shiv Kapur (142)
Anirban Lahiri (154)

Italy

Matteo Manassero (35)
Francesco Molinari* (37)

Japan

Hideki Matsuyama* (29)
Koumei Oda (90)

Netherlands

Joost Luiten (61)
Daan Huizing (204)

New Zealand

Michael Hendry (211)
Danny Lee (328)

Norway

Espen Kofstad (310)

Philippines

Juvan Pagunsan (252)
Angelo Que (306)

Portugal

Ricardo Santos (206)
José-Filipe Lima (213)

South Africa

Charl Schwartzel* (21)
Ernie Els* (24)

South Korea

Sung-Joon Park (96)
Hyung-Sung Kim (105)

Spain

Sergio Garcia* (18)
Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (33)

Sweden

Henrik Stenson* (3)
Jonas Blixt (39)

Thailand

Thongchai Jaidee (49)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (65)

United States

Tiger Woods* (1)
Phil Mickelson* (4)
Steve Stricker* (7)
Matt Kuchar* (8)

Zimbabwe

Brendon de Jonge* (70)

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

Women's Competition

Argentina

Victoria Tanco (543)

Australia

Karrie Webb (8)
Katherine Hull-Kirk (98)

Canada

Rebecca Lee-Bentham (208)
Alena Sharp (252)

Chile

Paz Echeverria (472)

China

Shanshan Feng (7)
Xi Yu Lin (204)

Chinese Taipei

Yani Tseng (26)
Teresa Lu (65)

Colombia

Mariajo Uribe (110)
Paola Moreno (194)

Czech Republic

Klara Spilkova (263)

Denmark

Line Vedel Hansen (173)
Malene Jorgensen (251)

Finland

Minea Blomqvist (244)
Ursula Wikstrom (353)

France

Karine Icher* (23)
Gwladys Nocera* (79)

Germany

Sandra Gal* (50)
Caroline Masson* (52)

Ireland

Alison Walshe (100)
Rebecca Codd (474)

Italy

Giulia Sergas* (70)
Diana Luna* (146)

Japan

Ai Miyazato (15)
Mika Miyazato (21)

Malaysia

Jean Chua (559)

Mexico

Alejandra Llaneza (405)

Morocco

Maha Haddioui (555)

Netherlands

Dewi Claire Schreefel (118)
Christel Boeljon* (126)

New Zealand

Lydia Ko (5)
Kim Dana (111)

Norway

Suzann Pettersen* (2)
Marianne Skarpnord (276)

Paraguay

Julieta Granada (96)

Philippines

Jennifer Rosales (132)

Russia

Maria Balikoeva (413)

South Africa

Lee-Anne Pace (49)
Ashleigh Simon (164)

South Korea

Inbee Park (1)
So Yeon Ryu (4)
Na Yeon Choi (6)
I.K. Kim (9)

Spain

Beatriz Recari* (19)
Azahara Muñoz* (31)

Sweden

Caroline Hedwall* (22)
Anna Nordqvist* (24)

Switzerland

Anais Maggetti (442)
Daniela Holmqvist (452)

Thailand

Ariya Jutanugarn (29)
Pornanong Phatlum (59)

United Kingdom

Catriona Matthew* (10)
Jodi Ewart Shadoff* (47)

United States

Stacy Lewis* (3)
Paula Creamer* (11)
Cristie Kerr* (12)
Lexi Thompson* (14)

Venezuela

Veronica Felibert (289)

A curious and yet-to-be-solved problem exists at the moment regarding Rory McIlroy (6) and Graeme McDowell (11), both of whom hail from Northern Ireland. If they play for the United Kingdom of Great Britain, they would have one teammate: Justin Rose (5). Meanwhile, Ireland would be represented by Shane Lowry (72) and Padraig Harrington (111).

If McIlroy and McDowell represent Ireland in the Olympics, they would be Ireland's only two players. Great Britain would then be represented by Justin Rose (5) and Luke Donald (16).

Of course, if the 2016 Olympic Summer Games started today, the golf course would not be ready, no thanks to a bunch of lawyers and politicians delaying construction. That finally got underway in late April of this year.

 

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
I am surprised not to see my name. I mean is Alexandre Rocha (#402) might make the Olympics, surely I, with my top 5 finishes in the MPSGA* tournaments, should rank higher than #402!!! ;)


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11/11/13
 
falcon50driver says:
Agree, Obviously rigged.
11/11/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
Brian you arent on there because the US already had 4 players inside the top 15 in the world.

But you may need to wait next to the phone if they all come down with the flu I'm pretty sure you are on the top of the list for replacements.
11/12/13
 
mjaber says:
I wonder if there is a contingency in place if a player decides not to play. I doubt it would happen, but I wouldn't have thought a golfer who qualified for the Open Championship would have skipped that, either.
11/12/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
I am thinking about re-connecting with my Norwegian roots in case Espen needs a playing partner.
11/12/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
AHEM! Brian, I think you'll first have to get past MY Norwegian ancestry, which even includes Harald Hårfagre, the first king of Norway. If I can just get my paws on a set of Mizuno MP-64s, break 80 a few times, marry a gorgeous brunette violinist from Norway, and get mythical partial citizenship...

...I might have a shot.
11/12/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Sorry Tor, I have to think based on volume of playing, not quality of playing mond you, I am going to top you in the World Rankings. However, if Espen drops out, you will be on my short list of Olympic partners.
11/12/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'll try to remember that as I soberly consider the fact that I still haven't gotten to play any rounds of golf this year, mostly due to an uncooperative chariot.

Ha en fin dag!
11/12/13
 
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