U.S. team down to two in latest Olympic rankings

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For the first time since Olympic qualifying began in golf, there are just two American women in the top 15.

That means if the Olympics were staged today, Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis would be the only American women playing.

According to Olympic rules, a country is allowed a maximum of four qualifiers, provided all four are among the top 15 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. Only Thompson at No. 3 and Lewis at No. 4 were among the top 15 in Monday’s release of the newest rankings.

How much have American women slipped since Olympic qualifying began 21 months ago? There were eight Americans in the top 15 on July 14, 2014. Lewis, Thompson, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas and Jessica Korda were all among the top 15 in the Rolex rankings that first week.

In the latest Rolex rankings, Kerr slipped out of the top 15, dropping to No. 16. Lincicome held the fourth Olympic qualifying spot for the Americans at the end of last season but has since also slipped out. She’s No. 18 this week.

There is still plenty of time for Americans to rally with qualifying closing on July 11. There are 11 LPGA events before the Olympic teams are finalized.

The Olympic Women’s Rankings are based on the Rolex rankings. The top 60 in the Olympic Women’s Rankings earn spots in the games. If a player isn’t among the top two from her country in the Rolex rankings, she won’t appear on the Olympic Women’s Rankings, unless she’s among the top 15 in the Rolex rankings and also among the top four from her country

Click here for the full list of the 60 women currently in line to qualify for Rio.