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Olympics 2024: Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy top men’s standings with 100 days to go

This is the third time in the past 100 years that the Summer Olympics will feature 72 holes of stroke play between the world’s best male and female athletes.

Xander Schauffele won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rory Sabatini won the silver medal, and Taipei’s CT Pan took third place and won the bronze medal. In Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Briton Justin Rose won gold, Henrik Stenson won silver and Matt Kuchar won bronze.

This year’s Olympic golf competition will be held at Le Golf National, just outside Paris, where Europeans defeated Americans in the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The men’s tournament opens on Thursday, August 1st, exactly 100 days from the date of this writing. Therefore, we would like to focus on the qualification process and provide you with the latest standings and other important information related to Olympic golf.

Olympic golf qualification

Only 60 men and women tee up the Olympic golf competition, creating an aura not unlike the signature events seen on the PGA Tour. Of these 60 players, 59 will qualify through the Olympic Golf Ranking based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

Each tournament has an Olympic Golf Ranking field strength rating based on the quality of players in the field, similar to OWGR. This determines the number of points awarded for the event, which are then allocated to players based on their finishing position. Better performance in more powerful events will lead to more points.

The host nation always also has one player in the field, so this year Mathieu Pabon will likely represent France based on that slot.

A country can send up to four players to the Olympics as long as they are in the top 15 of the Olympic golf rankings. Currently, this provision only applies to the United States.

Outside of the top 15, only two people from each country can participate.

The International Golf Federation will finalize the berths for the 2024 Olympic men’s golf competition on Monday, June 17, the day after the U.S. Open concludes at No. 2 Pinehurst.

Current Olympic Golf Ranking

Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) in parentheses:

1. Scotty Scheffler — USA (1)

2. Rory McIlroy — Ireland (2)

3. Xander Schauffele — USA (3)

4. Jon Rahm — Spain (4)

5. Windham Clark — USA (5)

6. Viktor Hovland — Norway (6)

7. Ludwig Oberg — Sweden (7)

8. Patrick Cantlay — USA (8)

9. Tommy Fleetwood — England (11)

10. Matt Fitzpatrick — England (12)

11. Hideki Matsuyama — Japan (15)

12. Jason Day — Australia (21)

13. Mathieu Pavon — France (22)

14. Tom Kim — South Korea (23)

15. Nick Taylor — Canada (27)

For the United States, Max Homa (9), Brian Herman (10), Collin Morikawa (13), Cameron Young (14), and Sahith Segala (15) passed Patrick Cantlay (8). , with a chance of winning 4th place and the final. Spotted among Americans. The competition between these players will continue to be fierce throughout the major championship season.

Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele during the second round of the 2024 Masters Tournament.
Photo by Ben Jared/PGA Tour via Getty Images

After the top 15, only 2 players from each country can participate.

16. Sepp Straka — Austria (28)

17. Minwoo Lee — Australia (32)

18. Nikolaj Højgaard — Denmark (34)

19. Shane Lawrie — Ireland (37)

20. Ahn Byung-hoon — South Korea (38)

21. Emiliano Grillo — Argentina (41)

22. Stefan Jaeger — Germany (43)

23. Adam Hadwin — Canada (49)

24. Ryan Fox — New Zealand (56)

25. Christian Bezuidenhout — South Africa (58)

26. Adrian Melonk — Poland (62)

27. Erik van Rooyen — South Africa (64)

28. Alex Noren — Sweden (67)

29. Thomas Detry — Belgium (68)

30. Thorbjorn Olesen — Denmark (72)

31. Keita Nakajima — Japan (75)

32. Joaquín Niemann — Chile (82)

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Joaquin Niemann and Rory McIlroy at the 2024 Masters.
Photo by: Warren Little/Getty Images

33. Sami Valimaki — Finland (86)

34. Victor Perez — France (93)

35. Alejandro Tosti — Argentina (98)

36. David Puig — Spain (108)

37. Kevin Yu — Taipei (112)

38. Jannik Paul — Germany (123)

39. Karl Yuan — China (131)

40. CT Pan — Taipei (132)

41. Joost Luyten — Netherlands (135)

42. Camilo Villegas — Colombia (150)

43. Daniel Hillier — New Zealand (170)

44. Matteo Manassero — Italy (173)

45. Mito Pereira — Chile (181)

46. ​​Shubhankar Sharma — India (190)

47. Adrian Dumont de Chassard — Belgium (196)

48. Gavin Green — Malaysia (203)

49. Darius van Driel — Netherlands (215)

50. Carlos Ortiz — Mexico (216)

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Abraham Ansah, Sergio Garcia and Carlos Ortiz will compete against each other on LIV Golf’s Fireballs GC team.
Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf, Getty Images

51. Abraham Ansah — Mexico (219)

52. Ghagenjit Brar — India (230)

53. Kiradek Afibanrat — Thailand (254)

54. Guido Migliozzi — Italy (255)

55. Phachara Konwatmai — Thailand (268)

56. Fabrizio Zanotti — Paraguay (274)

57. Rafael Campos — Paraguay (289)

58. Zejo-dong — China (304)

59. Nico Echavarria — Colombia (211)

60. Kalle Samuja — Finland (355)

Similar to the United States, several other countries will also face strong competition.

Australia

Since Cameron Smith joined LIV Golf after the 2022 Tour Championship, his OWGR ranking has plummeted. He is 52nd in OWGR, 20 spots below Min Woo Lee. However, Smith has won a major championship before and certainly has the talent to win Valhalla and Pinehurst II. If he continues to win, or at least contend, he may have to start preparing for Paris.

Canada

There’s a lot of national pride on this year’s Canadian team, especially as Royal Montreal will host the Presidents Cup in September. But before that, Canada plans to send two athletes to the Olympics. Adam Hadwin (49) currently holds a slim lead over Corey Connors (50) in OWGR, with McZenny Hughes (66) and Adam Svensson also lurking not far behind.

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Brothers Nikolai Hejgaard and Rasmus Hejgaard embrace after the third round of the 2024 Dubai Desert Classic.
Photo by: Pedro Salado/Getty Images

Denmark

This week at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, the young and dynamic duo of Nicolai and Rasmus Hugaard will aim to conquer the only team event on the PGA Tour. But it won’t be long before we see this twin set in action in Paris. Rasmus, 83, is 11 places behind Thorbjorn Olesen, but a surge from Hejgaard or a victory in Louisiana could change Olesen’s Olympic prospects.

Germany

Yannick Paul has had a solid few years on the DP World Tour and is two spots ahead of Matty Schmidt (125th) in the OWGR. Thanks to his win at the Texas Children’s Houston Open, Stefan Jaeger has almost secured one of Germany’s two spots, but the other spot will likely go to either Paul or Schmidt. It’s a toss up.

Italy

With his victory at the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa in March, Matteo Manassero (173) almost secured a spot on the Italian national team. However, as in Germany, the other spot is being contested between Guido Migliozzi (255 wins) and Francesco Molinari (263 wins), the latter of whom won the 2018 British Open Championship. There is.

Spain

Jon Rahm will represent Spain in Paris, but other spots remain a mystery. David Puig (108) currently holds the second spot, but Pablo Larrazabal (119), Jorge Campillo (121) and Adrian Otaegui (140) are not far behind. Puig will play in his LIV Golf and the other three in his DP World Tour will have an increased chance of earning OWGR points. So no one will be surprised if one of these three Spaniards jumps over Puig midway through.

South Korea

Ahn Byung-hoon, who recently tied for 16th at the Masters, is seven spots ahead of Lim Sung-jae (45th) in the OWGR. Kim Si-woo (48) is also right there, so the Koreans will be forced to put up a tough fight until the end. If Mr. Lim and Mr. Kim perform well in the major tournaments or the last two national tournaments before the Olympic golf deadline, the Wells Fargo Championship and the Memorial, they will surpass Mr. Ahn in the standings and become the top Korean representatives in Paris.・There is a possibility that he will be on par with Mr. Kim.

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Cover more golf. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko In the same way.

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