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Olympic Golf Qualifying Period Extended

The International Golf Federation (IGF), as well as, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have adjusted the qualifying system for the Tokyo Olympics Games which have been moved to 2021. 

Players will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through June 21, 2021 for the men and June 28, 2021, for the women. 

“Having received from the IOC confirmation of the dates for when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held and the qualification principles, the fairest and most equitable way to determine the qualifying athletes was to align the previous qualification system with these new dates,” said Antony Scanlon, IGF Executive Director. 

The field for the men and women will be made up of 60 players. 

The Olympics will now take place starting on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Here is how players will qualify for the Olympics.

Qualifying 

Every tournament gets a strength-of-field rating which determines how many points will be awarded to top finishers. 

Points are awarded to players based on their finish positions in each event, with performances in stronger-field events earning more points.

Ranking points for each player build over a multi-year rolling period with the points awarded in the most recent 13-week period weighted at 100% of their original value.

After the initial 13-week period, points are devalued by 1.1 percent for each of the next 91 weeks (during which the ranking was not suspended) before they drop entirely off the player’s record.

Each player is then ranked according to his/her average number of points, which is determined by dividing the total number of ranking points she/he has earned by the number of tournaments in which she/he has played during that period.

There is a minimumof 35 events for the Women’s OGR while for the Men’s OGR, there is a minimum of 40 events and a maximum of 52 events.

In the event of ties at any of the 60 starting positions, the ties will be broken by the following criteria, in order:

  • Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 52-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women.
  • Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 13-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women.

The top-15 players at the end of the qualifying period will be eligible to play in the Olympics. There is a limit of just four players per country. 

Outside the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players in the top-15. 

The host country will be guaranteed a spot, as will each of the five continental regions.

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