If the Olympics qualifying cut-off was this week ...

Fri 30 Jan 2015

If the Olympics qualifying cut-off was this week ...

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Kuala Lumpur, January 30: A total of 10 Asian Tour members and three former Tour champions will be playing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if the qualifying cut off point was concluded this week.
From this year onwards, Asiantour.com will monitor the progress of Asian Tour stars in the qualifying campaign every month as the golfing world prepares to re-join the Olympic movement following a lapse of over 100 years.
The qualifying process is based on the Official World Golf Ranking and presently, three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand is currently the highest ranked Asian Tour member at 19th place on the qualifying list which is available on www.igfgolf.org
Venetian Macau Open - Round FourIndia’s Anirban Lahiri, who won twice last season on the Asian Tour to finish second on the Order of Merit, is ranked 30th on the qualifying list while Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who was third on the Merit list last season, sits in 38th place.
Other Asian Tour stars who will be in Rio if the top-60 cut off was made this week include Antonio Lascuna and Angelo Que of the Philippines, China’s Liang Wen-chong, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, India’s Rashid Khan, who won twice last season, Brazilian Adilson Da Silva and Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang.
Chan has fought his way into the Olympic reckoning based on his terrific performance last season where he won three times on the Asian Development Tour, which proves that regional golfers can also take the ADT route to Rio de Janeiro.
The ADT was launched in 2010 as a pathway to the Asian Tour and also offers Official World Golf Ranking points.
Former Asian Tour winners who are in the top-60 qualifying list include Korea’s Bae Sang-moon and Noh Seung-yul, the Asian Tour’s number one in 2010, and Honorary Member Vijay Singh of Fiji.
Siddikur Rahman of Banglades Siddikur Rahman of Banglades
The IGF format 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.
For more details on the qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Game, please go to www.igfgolf.org
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