Jul 19, 2014; Wirral, Merseyside, GBR; Adam Scott tees off at the 4th during his third round at The 143rd Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Rio 2016 golf qualifying rankings released

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics are 746 days away and the initial Rio 2016 golf qualifying rankings have been released. 

Over the course of the next two years, players will be moving up and down the rankings based on their finishes in future tournaments. In the inaugural rankings, Adam Scott holds the No. 1 spot in the men’s rankings with Stacy Lewis topping the women’s standings.

The Olympic field in Rio will be made up of 60 players on the men’s and women’s side.

The top 15 players in each rankings list will automatically qualify for the Olympics, with no more than four players per country in the top 15 earning spots. After the top 15, each country can have an additional two players qualify for the field.

Looking at the top 15 in the men’s rankings, only the United States would meet the four-player quota with Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.

The United States also has four top 15 qualifiers in the women’s side with Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr.

The top 15 rankings in the men’s and women’s sides can be seen below.

Men’s Olympic Qualifying Rankings

1. Adam Scott (Australia)
2. Rory McIlroy (Ireland)
3. Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
4. Justin Rose (Great Britain)
5. Sergio Garcia (Spain)
6. Bubba Watson (USA)
7. Matt Kuchar (USA)
8. Jason Day (Australia)
9. Tiger Woods (USA)
10. Jim Furyk (USA)
11. Martin Kaymer (Germany)
12. Graeme McDowell (Ireland)
13. Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
14. Victor Dubuisson (France)
15. Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)

Women’s Olympic Qualifying Rankings

1. Stacy Lewis (USA)
2. Lydia Ko (New Zealand)
3. Inbee Park (South Korea)
4. Suzann Pettersen (Norway)
5. Lexi Thompson (USA)
6. Michelle Wie (USA)
7. Karrie Webb (Australia)
8. Shanshan Feng (China)
9. So Yeon Ryu (South Korea)
10. Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)
11. Cristie Kerr (USA)
12. Amy Yang (South Korea)
13. Catriona Matthew (Great Britain)
14. Azahara Munoz (Spain)
15. Pornanong Phatlum (Thailand)

Tags: 2016 Olympics Golf Rio Olympics

comments powered by Disqus