Jun 23rd, 2021
Men's final Olympic golf rankings published
List underline the diversity of the field with 36 countries represented
Photography: Kyle Dias
With his US Open victory on Sunday, Jon Rahm of Spain became world number one and jumped Justin Thomas of the United States into the top position of the Olympic Rankings. Americans fill the next four places with Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau, respectively. The United States is the only country with more than two qualifiers for the sixty-player field, which will compete at Kasumigaseki Country Club from 29 July 29 to 1 August.
The men’s rankings underline the diversity of the field with 36 countries represented.
The men’s qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games commenced on July 1, 2018, and originally was to have concluded on June 22, 2020, while the women’s was to have run from July 8, 2018, through to June 29, 2020.
However, following the postponement of the Olympics to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGF and International Olympic Committee announced in April 2020 an adjustment to the qualifying system where athletes would accumulate Olympic Ranking points through June 2021.
The top-fifteen world-ranked players are eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-fifteen, players are 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-fifteen. The host country is guaranteed a spot, as is each of the five continents of the Olympics.
The women’s rankings will be finalised after this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The 60-player women’s competition will be held at Kasumigaseki CC 4-7 August.
Once the women’s Olympic Golf Rankings are finalised, the International Golf Federation (IGF) will send confirmation of the men’s and women’s quota places to the National Olympic Committees. The NOCs will then confirm the use of allocated quota places to the IGF by July 1 and the IGF, in turn, will reallocate all unused quota places before the Tokyo 2020 Sport Entries Deadline on July 5.
The IGF will publish a final entries list of 60 names for both the men’s and women’s events on Tuesday, July 6, which will ratify all the competitors for the respective fields at the Olympic Games.
Click here to view the final Olympic men’s rankings.