One-year countdown: How Olympic field would look

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics begins one year from today. 

Next year in Rio de Janeiro, golf will return to the Summer Games for the first time in 112 years. The event will be a 72-hole stroke-play tournament for both men (Aug. 11-14) and women (Aug. 17-20). 

The International Olympic Committee has restricted the field to 60 players, with a July 11, 2016, deadline to qualify. The top 15 players in the Official World Ranking will be eligible for the event, with a limit of four players from a given country qualifying based on their ranking. Beyond the top 15, players will be eligible based on 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. 

So, if the Olympics began today, here is how the 60-player field would look for the men and women:


Rory McIlroy (Ireland)

Jordan Spieth (USA)

Bubba Watson (USA)

Jason Day (Australia)

Rickie Fowler (USA)

Jim Furyk (USA)

Justin Rose (Great Britain)

Henrik Stenson (Sweden)

Sergio Garcia (Spain)

Adam Scott (Australia)

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)

Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)

Martin Kaymer (Germany)

Danny Willett (Great Britain)

Bernd Wiesberger (Austria)

Branden Grace (South Africa)

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand)

Victor Dubuisson (France)

Francesco Molinari (Italy)

Shane Lowry (Ireland)

Anirban Lahiri (India)

Joost Luiten (Netherlands)

Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)

Byeong-Hun An (Korea)

David Lingmerth (Sweden)

Alexander Levy (France)

Danny Lee (New Zealand)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand)

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark)

Graham DeLaet (Canada)

Emiliano Grillo (Argentina)

Hiroshi Iwata (Japan)

Marcel Siem (Germany)

Mikko Ilonen (Finland)

David Hearn (Canada)

Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)

Sangmoon Bae (Korea)

Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe)

Ryan Fox (New Zealand)

Angel Cabrera (Argentina)

Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay)

Hao Tong Li (China)

Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal)

Wu Ashun (China)

Camilo Villegas (Colombia)

Carlos Ortiz (Mexico)

SSP Chawrasia (India)

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium)

Edoardo Molinari (Italy)

Vijay Singh (Fiji)

Angel Que (Philippines)

Thomas Pieters (Belgium)

Felipe Aguilar (Chile)

Mardan Mamat (Singapore)

Roope Kakko (Finland)

Antonio Lascuna (Philippines)

Lucas Lee (Brazil)

Shih-chang Chan (Chinese Taipei)

Adilson da Silva (Brazil)

Mark Tullo (Chile) 

Next in line (in order):

United States: Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes

Ireland: Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington 

Australia: Marc Leishman, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Cameron Smith 

Great Britain: Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson, Marc Warren

Spain: Pablo Larrazabal, Rafael Cabrera Bello

South Africa: Charl Schwartzel, George Coetzee, Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Jaco van Zyl 


Inbee Park (Korea)

Lydia Ko (New Zealand)

Stacy Lewis (USA)

So Yeon Ryu (Korea)

Hyo-Joo Kim (Korea)

Suzann Pettersen (Norway)

Lexi Thompson (USA)

Shanshan Feng (China)

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

Amy Yang (Korea)

Brittany Lincicome (USA)

Cristie Kerr (USA)

Minjee Lee (Australia)

Karrie Webb (Australia)

Azahara Munoz (Spain)

Teresa Lu (Chinese Taipei)

Brooke Henderson (Canada)

Julieta Granada (Paraguay)

Sandra Gal (Germany)

Pornanong Phatlum (Thailand)

Shiho Oyama (Japan)

Mika Miyazato (Japan)

Charley Hull (Great Britain)

Catriona Matthew (Great Britain)

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand)

Lee-Anne Pace (South Africa)

Karine Icher (France)

Gwladys Nocera (France)

Mariajo Uribe (Colombia)

Caroline Masson (Germany)

Christel Boeljon (Netherland)

Yani Tseng (Chinese Taipei)

Pernilla Lindberg (Sweden)

Xiyu Lin (China)

Line Vedel Hansen (Denmark)

Marianne Skarpnord (Norway)

Stephanie Meadow (Ireland)

Nicole Larsen (Denmark)

Paula Reto (South Africa)

Kelly Tan (Malaysia)

Alena Sharp (Canada)

Dewi Claire Schreefel (Netherlands)

Klara Spilkova (Czech Republic)

Ursula Wikstrom (Finland)

Maria Balikoeva (Russia)

Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland)

Christine Wolf (Austria)

Giulia Sergas (Italy)

Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico)

Diana Luna (Italy)

Noora Tamminen (Finland)

Michelle Koh (Malaysia)

Paz Echeverria (Chile)

Leona Maguire (Ireland)

Jennifer Rosales (Philippines)

Lisa McCloskey (Colombia)

Chloe Leurquin (Belgium)

Laetitia Beck (Israel)

Victoria Lovelady (Brazil)

Next in line: 

United States: Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer

Korea: In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Na Choi, Jin-Young Ko, Mi Lee 

Spain: Beatriz Recari, Belen Mozo

Japan: Momoko Ueda, Sakura Yokomine, Misuzu Narita, Erika Kikuchi, Erina Hara

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm