A look at teams if 2016 Olympics were held now


In exactly three years, the best golfers from around the world will march into an Olympic Stadium for the first time in more than a century.

The competition will feature 60 men and 60 women in separate 72-hole stroke-play tournaments that will award gold, silver and bronze medals.

The top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and Rolex World Ranking automatically qualify, but each country is allowed no more than four players if they are among the top 15. After the top 15, countries can be represented by no more than two of their highest-ranked players if not already qualified.

Much is subject to change, of course – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be 40 and 46, respectively – but if the competition began tomorrow, here are some of the players in the mix to compete in the event in Rio de Janeiro:


• United States: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker

• Great Britain: Rory McIlroy (may compete for Ireland, or not at all), Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell (may compete for Ireland) and Luke Donald

• South Africa: Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace

• Australia: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Brett Rumford

• Sweden: Henrik Stenson, Peter Hanson, Jonas Blixt, Carl Pettersson

• Spain: Sergio Garcia, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rafael Cabrera-Bello


• United States: Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford

• South Korea: Inbee Park, Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, I.K. Kim

• Japan: Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Rikato Morita, Chie Arimura

• Sweden: Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedwall, Karin Sjodin

• Spain: Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda