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SBD Global/July 16, 2014/Olympics
International Golf Federation Nervous About Readiness Of Rio 2016 Course
Published July 16, 2014
QUALIFYING SYSTEM SET: IGF officials confirmed the qualification system that will be used for golf in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In both the women’s and men’s events a field of 60 players will compete in a 72-hole stroke play format competition for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The 60 positions available in each event will be allocated through an Olympic Golf Ranking list published on the IGF website, based on the player’s respective official world golf ranking as follows: players within the top-15 on the respective women’s and men’s Official World Golf Ranking as of July 11, 2016 will be eligible, except that there will be no more than four players from any one country eligible within the top-15; the balance of the field will be selected in order from 16th place onward on the respective women’s and men’s OWGR as of as of July 11 2016, up to a maximum of two players per country for those countries not already having more than two players within the top-15 (European Tour). REUTERS' Tony Jimenez reported officials "will also make space for at least one male and one female player from Brazil and are also committed to having at least one golfer from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania." Dawson: "The current count, determined by today's rankings, I think is about 35 countries (would be represented) for the men and about 33 for the women. We've got a good spread of countries in there and there's a good chance for every nation to have a go" (REUTERS, 7/15).