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Tight battle for Brazil's women's Olympic spot

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She’s No. 482 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

She’s currently holding on to the 60th and final qualifying spot in the International Golf Federation’s Olympic Women’s Rankings.

But Miriam Nagl will be a really big deal if she makes it to the Olympics.

As host of the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is guaranteed one spot each for a male and female golfer. Nagl moved past Victoria Lovelady last week to hold that spot among Brazilian women. Whichever Brazilian player is ranked highest on July 11 in the Rolex rankings gets the Olympic berth. Lovelady is just nine spots behind Nagl at No. 491 in the world.

They’re both Ladies European Tour members.

There’s also a tight battle among the Italian women. Giulia Sergas holds the top qualifying spot for Italy in the Rolex rankings at No. 298. Diana Luna now holds the second spot. She moved up to No. 341 this week, ahead of Giulia Molinaro, who’s at No. 343.

There were no other changes to the top 60 in the Olympic Women’s Rankings this week, but Japan’s Haru Nomura made a nice move within Japan’s qualifying. With her victory Sunday at the Women’s Australian Open, Nomura moved from seventh among Japanese players to third. Mika Miyazato and Shiho Oyama hold Japan’s top two qualifying spots at No. 40 and 41, respectively, in the Rolex rankings. Nomura moved up 19 spots to No. 48.

The Olympic Women’s Rankings (see below) 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.

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