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Schwartzel outside Rio bubble despite Valspar win

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Charl Schwartzel's playoff win at the Valspar Championship gave him his first PGA Tour victory in nearly five years, but it didn't move him off the bubble for a spot in the upcoming Olympics.

Schwartzel rose to No. 21 in the latest world rankings after defeating Bill Haas on the first extra hole, but he still trails two other players from South Africa: world No. 12 Branden Grace and No. 16 Louis Oosthuizen, who finished T-7 in Tampa. In order to earn a spot in Rio, Schwartzel would need to move past one of his countrymen - or have all three ranked inside the top 15, which would afford South Africa an additional spot.

Olympic qualification ends following the Open Championship in July. Countries can have up to two representatives, with a max of four if all are ranked inside the top 15.

Here is a look at the 60 men who are currently in line to qualify when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904:

1. Jordan Spieth (USA)

2. Jason Day (AUS)

3. Rory McIlroy (IRL)

4. Bubba Watson (USA)

5. Rickie Fowler (USA)

6. Adam Scott (AUS)

7. Henrik Stenson (SWE)

8. Justin Rose (GBR)

9. Dustin Johnson (USA)

10. Danny Willett (GBR)

11. Branden Grace (RSA)

12. Sergio Garcia (ESP)

13. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

14. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

15. Shane Lowry (IRL)

16. Byeong-Hun An (KOR)

17. Danny Lee (NZL)

18. Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

19. Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)

20. Thongchai Jaidee (THA)

21. David Lingmerth (SWE)

22. Victor Dubuisson (FRA)

23. Martin Kaymer (GER)

24. Soren Kjeldsen (DEN)

25. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

26. Anirban Lahiri (IND)

27. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

28. Thomas Pieters (BEL)

29. Fabian Gomez (ARG)

30. Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

31. K.T. Kim (KOR)

32. Shingo Katayama (JPN)

33. Joost Luiten (NED)

34. Francesco Molinari (ITA)

35. Ricardo Gouveia (POR)

36. Alexander Levy (FRA)

37. Miguel Tabuena (PHI)

38. Graham DeLaet (CAN)

39. Alex Cejka (GER)

40. Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

41. David Hearn (CAN)

42. Ryan Fox (NZL)

43. W.C. Liang (CHN)

44. Mikko Ilonen (FIN)

45. Brendon de Jonge (ZIM)

46. Ashun Wu (CHN)

47. Camilo Villegas (COL)

48. Vijay Singh (FIJ)

49. Roope Kakko (FIN)

50. S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND)

51. Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)

52. Angelo Que (PHI)

53. Danny Chia (MAS)

54. Carlos Ortiz (MEX)

55. Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

56. C.T. Pan (TPE)

57. Lin Wen-Tang (TPE)

58. Mardan Mamat (SIN)

59. Siddikur Rahman (BAN)

60. Adilson da Silva (BRA)