Sentosa, January 4: A total of 10 Asian Tour members and seven other Asian golfers will tee it up at the 2016 Olympic Games if the qualifying cut-off was this week.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, a three-time Asian Tour number one, and new Asian Tour winner Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines are amongst those who will represent Asia in Rio if the cut off was now.
Thongchai is ranked 18th on the men’s qualifying ranking while countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat is in 22nd place.
Current Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri of India is ranked 23rd, followed by S.S.P Chawrasia of India (47th), Tabuena (48th), Angelo Que of the Philippines (50th), Danny Chia of Malaysia (54th), Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei (57th), Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh (59th) and Adilson da Silva of Brazil (60th).
Other Asians currently in the top-60 of the ranking, which is the cut-off point to make the field in Rio, include Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (12th), Byeonghun An of Korea (17th), Japan’s Shingo Katayama (27th), K.T. Kim of Korea (28th), China’s Wu Ashun (43rd), Li Hao Tong (45th) and Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei (55th).
The International Golf Federation proposed to the IOC of a 72-hole individual stroke play competition for both men and women reflecting leading players’ opinion of the fairest and best way to identify an Olympic champion. In the event of a tie for either first, second or third place, a three-hole playoff will determine the medal winner(s).
The IOC has restricted the IGF to an Olympic field of 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competition. The IGF will utilise the official world golf rankings to create the Olympic golf rankings as a method of determining eligibility.
The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.
The qualifying cut off for the Olympics is July 11, 2016.
For more details on the qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Game, please go to www.igfgolf.org