Officials with the International Golf Federation will unveil a new ranking next week at the Open Championship that will track the developing progress of the field for the 2016 Olympic Games, GolfChannel.com has learned.
According to a document obtained by GolfChannel.com, the rankings will dovetail with the Official World Golf Ranking for the men and Rolex Rankings for the women. Next week's events will be the first chance for players to earn points.
Based on the July 11, 2016, Olympic Golf Rankings, countries can have up to four players qualify for the ’16 Games if they rank inside the top 15. After that the 60-player fields will be filled out with the highest-ranked players with a maximum of two players per country.
Ty Votaw, the vice president of the International Golf Federation, declined to comment for this report and the IGF has a news conference scheduled for next week at Royal Liverpool.
For the ’16 Games, the host country (Brazil) is assured of at least one player in both the men’s and women’s field and at least one player from each of the five Olympic continents (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/Oceania) will also be given a spot into each field in Rio.
If no player from the host country is listed in the OGR – currently, Brazil’s highest-ranked player is Adilson da Silva at No. 275 – the IGF will, in collaboration with the host country, identify the athletes to represent the host country.
Based on recent models using the Official World Golf Ranking, officials will likely have to dip down to around No. 300 in the ranking to fill the men’s field for the Games and somewhere between Nos. 350 to 400 to complete the women’s draw.
The document also explains how unused spots in the field, either through the qualification process or unused host country places, will be reallocated and that the final field for the ’16 Games will be set on July 18, 2016.