With 100 days to go, a look at the Olympic field

By Nick MentaApril 27, 2016, 1:20 pm

We're 100 days away from golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a little more than three months to go, we offer this look at the how the men's Olympic field would shape up if qualifying were to end today.

As a reminder, the 60-man field is not a collection of the 60 best players in the world. Instead, competing countries can send up to two representatives. As many as four players could represent a given country if they are all ranked inside the Official World Golf Ranking's top 15. The United States is currently the only country with more than two representatives, maxing out its full alottment.

The qualifying deadline is set for July 11. As of now, 34 countries will be respresented in men's golf, with players ranging from world No. 1 Jason Day to No. 369 Gavin Kyle Green.


Projected in: No. 1 Jason Day, No. 35 Marc Leishman

Sitting out: No. 7 Adam Scott

Day is a shoo-in and Leishman now finds himself in the field thanks to Scott, who has opted to withdraw himself from Olympic consideration.

United States

Projected in: No. 2 Jordan Spieth, No. 4 Bubba Watson, No. 5 Rickie Fowler, No. 8 Dustin Johnson

Odd man out: No. 12 Patrick Reed

Only the Americans are currently projected to get the maximum four representatives in the field. Reed is the closest to cracking the U.S. team, but 12 more Americans are currently inside the top 30 and could make a push with a big summer.


Projected in: No. 3 Rory McIlroy, No. 33 Shane Lowry

Odd man out: No. 72 Graeme McDowell

McIlroy made headlines last year when he opted to represent Ireland and not Great Britain as part of Northern Ireland. As for McDowell, he’s more concerned with the Ryder Cup than Rio.


Projected in: No. 6 Henrik Stenson, No. 48 David Lingmerth

Odd man out: No. 82 Kristoffer Broberg

Lingmerth is enjoying the fruits of his 2015 Memorial win, leaving Broberg, last year’s BMW Masters champ, with some work to do.

Great Britain

Projected in: No. 9 Danny Willett, No. 10 Justin Rose

Odd man out: No. 23 Paul Casey

If Casey can crack the OWGR’s top 15 by the deadline, he can earn GBR a third entry. The same goes for No. 30 Russell Knox, No. 32 Andy Sullivan, No. 36 Lee Westwood and No. 41 Matthew Fitzpatrick.

South Africa

Projected in: No. 11 Branden Grace, No. 59 Jaco Van Zyl

Sitting out: No. 13 Louis Oosthuizen, No. 20 Charl Schwartzel

Van Zyl suddenly finds himself in the Olympic mix after two of his fellow countrymen said they wouldn’t accept a bid.


Projected in: No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 79 Yuta Ikeda

Odd man out: No. 81 Shingo Katayama

American fans know Matusyama but are less familiar with Ikeda, a 14-time Japan Golf Tour winner who passed Katayama with a victory this past weekend at the Panasonic Open.


Projected in: No. 15 Sergio Garcia, No. 29 Rafa Cabrera Bello

Potential alternate Miguel Angel Jimenez has said he won’t play. Should Garcia or Cabrera Bello opt not to, No. 136 Alejandro Canizares is next in line.

South Korea

Projected in: No. 31 Ben An, No. 60 K.T. Kim

Odd man out: No. 75 Soomin Lee

Lee vaulted from 128th to 75th thanks to his first European Tour victory this past weekend at the Shenzhen International in China.


Projected in: No. 38 Soren Kjeldsen, No. 68 Thorbjorn Olesen

Odd man out: No. 134 Lucas Bjerregaard

Kjeldsen won the Irish Open last year and finished T-7 at the Masters earlier this month. Olesen has been a winner on the European Tour in three of the last four years.


Projected in: No. 39 Emiliano Grillo, No. 65 Fabian Gomez

Grillo won the Frys.com Open last fall and Gomez the FedEx St. Jude last season. Next in line for Argentina? Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera at No. 305.


Projected in: No. 40 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, No. 45 Thongchai Jaidee

Odd man out: Prayad Marksaeng

Aphibarnrat won twice on the European Tour last year. Jaidee has 16 career wins spread across the European and Asian tours and represented Thailand at the Presidents Cup last fall.

New Zealand

Projected in: No. 42 Danny Lee, No. 169 Ryan Fox

Odd man out: No. 271 Josh Geary

Lee has a victory, a runner-up, a third and six more top-10s in the last two PGA Tour seasons. Fox is a three-time winner on the Challenge and Australasia tours.


Projected in: No. 43 Bernd Wiesberger

The first country on the list with only one representative, Wiesberger won the French Open last summer and was in the weekend mix at the PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2014.


Projected in: No. 52 Victor Dubuisson, No. 100 Alexander Levy

Odd man out: No. 147 Gregory Bourdy

Dubuisson had a breakout year in 2014, finishing runner-up at the WGC-Match Play and making the Ryder Cup. After a difficult 2015, he re-emerged in November, winning his second Turkish Airlines Open. Levy won twice on the European Tour in 2014.


Projected in: No. 53 Anirban Lahiri, No. 160 S.S.P. Chawrasia

Lahiri won twice on the European Tour last year, won the Long Drive Contest at the PGA Championship and represented India at the Presidents Cup. Chawrasia won his third Euro title this March at the Hero Indian Open, beating the defending champ Lahiri in a playoff.


Projected in: No. 55 Martin Kaymer, No. 145 Alex Cejka

Odd man out: No. 190 Marcel Siem

Two-time major winner and former world No. 1 Kaymer has swooned since his triumph at Pinehurst. At 44, Cejka finally won his first PGA Tour title last year at the Puerto Rico Open.


Projected in: No. 61 Joost Luiten

A four-time European Tour champ, Luiten is currently the Netherlands’ lone representative.


Projected in: No. 62 Thomas Pieters, No. 266 Nicolas Colsaerts

Pieters won twice on the European Tour late last summer and is fighting for a spot in this fall’s Ryder Cup. Colsearts, a former Ryder Cupper, hasn’t won since 2012.


Projected in: No. 86 Francesco Molinari

A two-time member of European Ryder Cup team, Molinari last won the 2012 Spanish Open. He finished tied for third last year at the Memorial, two shots out of a playoff.


Projected in: No. 95 Ricardo Gouveia

The former UCF Knight won twice on the Challenge Tour last year.


Projected in: No. 113 Miguel Tabuena, No. 254 Angelo Que

Tabuena won his national open last year on the Asian Tour and has won eight more times in his home country. Que is a three-time Asian Tour winner who recorded two runner-ups on the Japanese Tour last year and a T-4 at this year’s Indian Open.


Projected in: No. 119 Graham DeLaet, No. 142 David Hearn

Odd man out: No. 185 Adam Hadwin

Hearn made a run at his own national open last year while DeLaet has become noteworthy for a number of close calls and a bushy beard. Hadwin was the Web.com Tour’s money leader in 2014.


Projected in: No. 174 WC Liang, No. 196 Wu Ashun

Odd man out: No. 237 Haotong Li

Liang won on the Japanese Tour last year and finished in the top 10 at the PGA Championship in 2010 at Whistling Straits, shooting a then-course record 8-under 64 in the third round. Ashun won last year’s Volvo China Open. Li won four times in China in 2014 and was T-7 at last year’s WGC-HSBC Champions.


Projected in: No. 182 Fabrizio Zanotti

Zanotti won the BMW International in 2014 and had four top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including a runner-up to Matthew Fitzpatrick at the British Masters.


Projected in: No. 189 Mikko Ilonen, No. 265 Roope Kakko

Odd man out: No. 334 Mikko Korhonen

Ilonen rode a hot streak in the summer of 2014, sandwiching a tie for seventh at the PGA Championship with two European Tour wins. Kakko won the months-delayed Madeira Islands Open last August.


Projected in: No. 211 Brendon de Jonge

De Jonge has 27 career top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour including two runner-ups, the most recent coming in the form of a playoff loss at the 2014 McGladrey.


Projected in: No. 224 Camilo Villegas

Spider-Man is a four-time PGA Tour winner who last won the 2014 Wyndham.


Projected in: No. 264 Danny Chia, No. 369 Gavin Kyle Green

The 43-year-old Chia topped the board at last year’s Taiwan Masters. Green is the lowest-ranked player currently in the field.


Projected in: No. 283 Rodolfo Cazaubon, No. 332 Carlos Ortiz

Cazaubon led PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Order of Merit last year, advancing to the Web.com Tour. Ortiz was the 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year.


Projected in: No. 286 Jhonattan Vegas

Vegas’ lone Tour victory came at the former Bob Hope in 2011. He’s playing this season on Tour via past champion status.

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Projected in: No. 295 C.T. Pan, No. 308 Wen-Tang Lin

Pan picked up two PGA Tour Canada titles in 2015. Lin once defeated Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari in a playoff at the 2008 Hong Kong Open.


Projected in: No. 335 Adilson da Silva

The 44-year-old is a 12-time winner on the South African Sunshine Tour and made the cut at the 2013 Open Championship.


Projected in: No. 363 MardaN Mamat

Mamat in 1997 became the first player from Singapore to ever play the Open. The five-time Asian Tour champ last won the 2015 Bangladesh Open.

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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."