Lewis atop initial Olympic Golf Rankings for women


Stacy Lewis holds the top spot in the Rolex Rankings, and as a result her name was atop the standings when the women's Olympic Golf Rankings were released Monday for the first time.

Lewis, who has three LPGA wins this season, debuts at No. 1 ahead of New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who won Sunday at the Marathon LPGA Classic.

The Olympic rankings will dovetail off the Rolex Rankings, with a qualifying period beginning last week and running through July 11, 2016, when the 60 spots on the women's side will be finalized. The top 15 women in the standings will automatically earn spots at the 2016 Olympics - with the caveat that each country have no more than four representatives among the top 15. The U.S. is the only nation that would currently reach that maximum, with spots going to Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr.

After the top 15 players, the rankings will be used to fill out the remaining 44 spots - with each country having no more than two representatives - and the host country of Brazil receiving the 60th and final spot if not otherwise qualified.

Here's a look at which women would be teeing it up in Rio based on the initial standings, with the Olympics now 746 days away:

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)

16. Charley Hull (Great Britain)

17. Karine Icher (France)

18. Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)

19. Beatriz Recari (Spain)

20. Sakura Yokomine (Japan)

21. Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand)

22. Teresa Lu (Chinese Taipei)

23. Rikako Morita (Japan)

24. Sandra Gal (Germany)

25. Julieta Granada (Paraguay)

26. Yani Tseng (Chinese Taipei)

27. Lee-Ann Pace (South Africa)

28. Caroline Masson (Germany)

29. Gwladys Nocera (France)

30. Minjee Lee (Australia)

31. Stephanie Meadow (Ireland)

32. Line Vedel Hansen (Denmark)

33. Giulia Sergas (Italy)

34. Alison Shepard (Ireland)

35. Christel Boeljon (Netherlands)

36. Mariajo Uribe (Colombia)

37. Dewi Claire Schreefel (Netherlands)

38. Malene Jorgensen (Denmark)

39. Ashleigh Simon (South Africa)

40. Diana Luna (Italy)

41. Xiyu Lin (China)

42. Jennifer Rosales (Philippines)

43. Brooke Henderson (Canada)

44. Klara Spilkova (Czech Republic)

45. Alena Sharp (Canada)

46. Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico)

47. Paola Moreno (Colombia)

48. Paz Echevarria (Chile)

49. Maria Balikoeva (Russia)

50. Marianne Skarpnord (Norway)

51. Minea Blomqvist (Finland)

52. Noora Tamminen (Finland)

53. Kelly Tan (Malaysia)

54. Veronica Felibert (Venezuela)

55. Chloe Leurquin (Belgium)

56. Cathryn Bristow (New Zealand)

57. Margarita Ramos (Mexico)

58. Gauri Monga (India)

59. Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland)

60. Mia Piccio (Philippines)