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1,000 days until golf returns to Olympics

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BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 6: Shanshan Feng kisses her trophy during the closing ceremony of the Reignwood LPGA Classic at Pine Valley Golf Club on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)  - 

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin in 1,000 days (as of Saturday), and although it’s two-plus years away, we thought it’d be worthwhile to take a peek at what the field would look like if the tournament began today.

Sixty men and 60 women will compete in 72 holes of individual stroke play. The Official World Golf Ranking for men and the Rolex Rankings for women will help create the Olympic Golf Rankings, which will be used to determine eligibility.

The current proposal from the International Golf Federation is that the top 15 ranked players in the world will be eligible, with a limit of four players from a given country allowed to participate. Beyond the top 15, players will be eligible based on the rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.

However, qualifications still have not been finalized and the cut-off date has not yet been determined. Dates for the golf competition have not been set but the Opening Ceremony for the Games is Aug. 5, 2016.

Still, here’s a look at what the respective fields would look like now, based on current world rankings in parentheses.


Argentina: Angel Cabrera (56), Andres Romero (196)

Australia: Adam Scott (2), Jason Day (20)

Austria: Bernd Wiesberger (54)

Bangladesh: Siddikur Rahman (247)

Belgium: Nicolas Colsaerts (58)

Brazil: Adilson da Silva (253), Alexandre Rocha (402)

Canada: Graham DeLaet (32), David Hearn (137)

Chile: Felipe Aguilar (156), Mark Tullo (376)

China: Wen-Chong Liang (132), Ashun Wu (223)

Colombia: Camilo Villegas (262)

Denmark: Thomas Bjorn (46), Thorbjorn Olesen (55)

Fiji: Vijay Singh (140)

Finland: Mikko Ilonen (81), Roope Kakko (214)

France: Victor Dubuisson (108), Gregory Bourdy (113)

Germany: Martin Kaymer (34), Marcel Siem (78)

India: Shiv Kapur (142), Anirban Lahiri (154)

Italy: Matteo Manassero (35), Francesco Molinari (37)

Japan: Hideki Matsuyama (29), Koumei Oda (90)

Netherlands: Joost Luiten (61), Daan Huizing (204)

New Zealand: Michael Hendry (211), Danny Lee (328)

Norway: Espen Kofstad (310)

Philippines: Juvan Pagunsan (252), Angelo Que (306)

Portugal: Ricardo Santos (206), Jose-Filipe Lima (213)

South Africa: Charl Schwartzel (21), Ernie Els (24)

South Korea: Sung-Joon Park (96), Hyung-Sung Kim (105)

Spain: Sergio Garcia (18), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (33)

Sweden: Henrik Stenson (3), Jonas Blixt (39)

Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee (49), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (65)

United States: Tiger Woods (1), Phil Mickelson (4), Steve Stricker (7), Matt Kuchar (8)

Zimbabwe: Brendon de Jonge (70)

Note: If Rory McIlroy (6) and Graeme McDowell (11) play for Great Britain they would team with Justin Rose (5), leaving Shane Lowry (72) and Padraig Harrington (111) to play for Ireland. If McIlroy and McDowell play for Ireland they would be the only two to qualify, leaving Luke Donald (16) to join Rose on the Great Britain team. 


Argentina: Victoria Tanco (543)

Australia: Karrie Webb (8), Katherine Hull-Kirk (98)

Canada: Rebecca Lee-Bentham (208), Alena Sharp (252)

Chile: Paz Echeverria (472)

China: Shanshan Feng (7), Xi Yu Lin (204)

Chinese Taipei: Yani Tseng (26), Teresa Lu (65)

Colombia: Mariajo Uribe (110), Paola Moreno (194)

Czech Republic: Klara Spilkova (263)

Denmark: Line Vedel Hansen (173), Malene Jorgensen (251)

Finland: Minea Blomqvist (244), Ursula Wikstrom (353)

France: Karine Icher (23), Gwladys Nocera (79)

Germany: Sandra Gal (50), Caroline Masson (52)

Great Britain: Catriona Matthew (10), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (47)

Ireland: Alison Walshe (100), Rebecca Codd (474)

Italy: Giulia Sergas (70), Diana Luna (146)

Japan: Ai Miyazato (15), Mika Miyazato (21)

Malaysia: Jean Chua (559)

Mexico: Alejandra Llaneza (405)

Morocco: Maha Haddioui (555)

Netherlands: Dewi Claire Schreefel (118), Christel Boeljon (126)

New Zealand: Lydia Ko (5), Kim Dana (111)

Norway: Suzann Pettersen (2), Marianne Skarpnord (276)

Paraguay: Julieta Granada (96)

Philippines: Jennifer Rosales (132)

Russia: Maria Balikoeva (413)

South Africa: Lee-Anne Pace (49), Ashleigh Simon (164)

South Korea: Inbee Park (1), So Yeon Ryu (4), Na Yeon Choi (6), I.K. Kim (9)

Spain: Beatriz Recari (19), Azahara Munoz (31)

Sweden: Caroline Hedwall (22), Anna Nordqvist (24)

Switzerland: Anais Maggetti (442), Daniela Holmqvist (452)

Thailand: Ariya Jutanugarn (29), Pornanong Phatlum (59)

United States: Stacy Lewis (3), Paula Creamer (11), Cristie Kerr (12), Lexi Thompson (14)

Venezuela: Veronica Felibert (289)