If this week was the cut off for the Olympics ...

Tue 01 Sep 2015

If this week was the cut off for the Olympics ...

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Sentosa, September 1: A total of 10 Asian Tour members plus six other Asian golfers will be teeing it up at the 2016 Olympic Games if the qualifying cut-off was this week.
With golf making a welcome return into the Games following a lapse of over 100 years, the race for places in Rio de Janeiro is being monitored closely.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, who has been enjoying a superb season which includes a recent tied fifth finish at the PGA Championship, will be amongst those on the plane to Rio if the cut off was now.
Lahiri, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, is ranked 18th on the men’s qualifying ranking with Thai great Thongchai Jaidee in 20th position.
Another Thai, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who has already won twice this season, is ranked 28th, followed by India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia (48th), Fijian Vijay Singh (50th), Angelo Que of the Philippines (52nd), Singapore’s Mardan Mamat (55th), Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines (57th), Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (58th) and Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva (59th).
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), Hiroshi Iwata (30th), Korea’s Byeonhun An (24th), Sangmoon Bae (31st), China’s Wu Ashun (45th) and Li Haotong (47th).
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 16, 2016.
For more details on the qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Game, please go to www.igfgolf.org