If this week was the Olympics qualifying cut-off…

Tue 03 May 2016

If this week was the Olympics qualifying cut-off…

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Sentosa, Singapore, May 3: A total of 12 Asian Tour members and five other Asian golfers will tee it up at the 2016 Olympic Games if the qualifying cut-off was this week.
Thai stars Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thongchai Jaidee and India’s Anirban Lahiri, placed 19th, 22nd and 25th respectively on the current men’s qualifying ranking, will lead the Asian Tour charge in Rio if the cut off was today.
Other Asian Tour stars likely to feature in the Olympics include Korea’s K.T. Kim (23rd), young Filipino Miguel Tabuena (37th), S.S.P. Chawrasia of India (42nd), Liang Wen-chong of China (45th), Angelo Que of the Philippines (50th) and Malaysia’s Danny Chia (51st), who moved up 18 spots to 246th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after claiming a runner-up finish on the Asian Development Tour last week.
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei (57th), Adilson da Silva of Brazil (59th) and Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, sitting in the 60th position which is the cut-off point to make the field in Rio, are also in the running to qualify for the prestigious Olympic Games, where golf is returning for the first time since 1904.
The other Asians who qualified are Hideki Matsuyama (11th) of Japan, Korea’s Byeonghun An (13th), Japan’s Yuta Ikeda (33rd), China’s Li Hao Tong (39th) and Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei (56th).
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
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