This summer European Tour players will have the chance to compete in the Olympics for the first time as golf returns after a 108 year absence. The event will be played over 72 holes of stroke play on the newly designed course at the Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca.
We take a look at how the players will qualify for this summer’s event:
- The Men’s Competition will comprise of 60 athletes, 59 of which will qualify through the Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) and 1 from the host country of Brazil.
- The International Golf Federation (IGF) will base the OGR on the official world golf rankings.
- Each country is allowed a maximum of four athletes per event if they have four players within the top 15 of the OGR. If this is not the case then a maximum of two athletes are allowed.
- The Olympic qualification period began on the 14th July 2014 and will end on Monday the 11th July 2016, the day after the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
- Qualification Timeline:
|14th July 2014 - 16th July 2016||Qualification period to earn OGR points|
|11th July 2016||End of OGR qualification period|
|12th July 2016||OGR published and quota places established|
|14th July 2016||National Olympic Committee to confirm quota places|
|15th July 2016||IGF to reallocate all unused quota places|
|18th July 2016||Rio 2016 sport entries deadline|
|10th August 2016||End of reallocation for the Men's Competition|
For a detailed breakdown of the qualification criteria please click here
For up to date rankings and qualification criteria please click here
For the latest reserve list please click here