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

Tue 07 Jul 2015

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

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Sentosa, Singapore, July 7: A total of 11 Asian Tour members plus six other Asian golfers will qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if the qualifying cut-off was made this week.
Based on the latest Official World Golf Ranking where 60 players will qualify for the Olympics next year, Thongchai Jaidee, ranked 33 in the world, is in prime position to qualify for the prestigious event.
Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour number one, is enjoying a rich vein of form this year after finishing second at the BMW PGA Championship and True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain.
He is currently ranked 16th on the Olympic rankings while Anirban Lahiri of India is in 21st position, thanks largely to two victories on the Asian Tour in February.
Other Asian Tour members who are currently in the top-60 frame include Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand (28th), India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia (45th), Angelo Que of the Philippines (48th), Asian Tour honorary member Vijay Singh of Fiji (50th), Singaporean Mardan Mamat (53rd),
Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan
Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna (54th), Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (55th), Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman (58th) and Brazilian Adilson da Silva (60th).
The other Asians who are on track to qualify for the Olympics include Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Koumei Oda, who represented Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup last year, Korea’s Sangmoon Bae and Byeonghun An and China’s Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun.
In total, nine Asian countries – Japan, Thailand, India, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Phillippines, Malaysia and China – would be represented in Rio if the qualifying cut off was made this week.
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