Piller would give U.S. women a third Olympic bid

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Thanks to her tie for third at the Kingsmill Championship this past week, Gerina Piller moved up to 15th in the Rolex Rankings, making her (at least temporarily) the third American entrant for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Golf's return to the Olympics will feature a 60-woman field, with a maximum of two players representing each country. That said, the top 15 players are all guaranteed a spot in the field up to a maximum of four representatives per country.

Assuming she can keep her spot in the top 15, Piller will join No. 3 Lexi Thompson and No. 5 Stacy Lewis come August. Other American women looking to secure a fourth and final spot for the United States include No. 19 Cristie Kerr, No. 22 Brittany Lincicome and No. 25 Jessica Korda.

While the U.S. race is tight, it's nothing compared to that of South Korea, which lacks enough bids to cover all its players in the top 15. No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 4 Sei Young Kim, No. 7 In Gee Chun and No. 8 Amy Yang are all currently qualified, which would leave No. 9 Ha Na Jang, No. 11 So Yeon Ryu and No. 14 Hyo Joo Kim out of the field.

The cut-off for Olympic qualifying for the both the men and the women is July 11.