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

Thu 26 Feb 2015

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

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Kuala Lumpur, February 26: Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, who enjoyed a fantastic season on the Asian Development Tour in 2014 and secured a maiden victory last month, has moved into the Olympic Games qualifying frame following  his recent success.
The young Malaysian currently sits in the 60th and final position to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year if the qualifying cut off was made this week.
A total of 11 Asian Tour members, led by the in-form Anirban Lahiri of India and Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee, currently occupy positions in the top-60 field for the Olympic Games, which showcases the progress of Asian golfers.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, the Asian Tour number one in 2013, has moved into the Olympic frame, replacing Prom Meesawat on the list after moving up to 132nd in the latest Official World Golf Ranking this week. Prom has slipped back to 140th in the world.
Similarly, India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia, who lost to Lahiri in the Hero Indian Open play-off last week, would qualify for the Olympic Games if the cut-off was made this week where he currently sits in 45th position on the qualifying list.
Chawrasia moved up to 169th in the world rankings, and bumped off countryman Rashid Khan, ranked 208th in the world, from the Olympics ranking list.
Other Asian Tour members in the Olympics reckoning include Filipinos Antonio Lascuna and Angelo Que, ranked 47th and 57th on the list, China’s Liang Wen-chong (49th), Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman (55th) and Brazilian Adilzon Da Silva (59th).
Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin, who won three times on the Asian Development Tour last season, is also in line to qualify for the Olympics as he is currently ranked 58th on the Olympics Rankings list, which shows that the ADT can also provide a pathway to Rio de Janeiro.
S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
Former Asian Tour winners Sangmoon Bae and Seungyul Noh are also in the Olympic qualifying frame where there are presently ranked 31st and 35th respectively while Asian Tour Honorary Member Vijay Singh of Fiji is 52nd on the list. China’s Li Hao-tong is in 48th position on the Olympic rankings.
Koumei Oda, who represented Team Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup last year and topped the Japan Tour money list, is ranked 29th on the list after countryman Hideki Matsuyama who is 12th on the Olympic rankings.
In total, nine Asian nations – Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, China, Malaysia and Bangladesh – will be represented at the Olympics if the 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