The publication of the final Olympic rankings have been released for both the mens’ and women’s competitions which will be played at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course between August 11 and 20.
Despite a number of high-profile withdrawals the number of National Federations under the umbrella of the International Golf Federation (IGF), has grown from just over 100 to an all-time high of 147.The Olympic golf competitions will have a potential global audience of around 3.6 billion, representing a fantastic shop-window for the sport.
Peter Dawson, President of the IGF, said: “After eight years of intense planning and preparation for golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games, the IGF is extremely excited finally to have reached this important milestone of identifying those players who are eligible to compete in Rio de Janeiro.
“We are particularly gratified to see how many countries are represented among the men and women and anticipate compelling competitions for both on the outstanding golf course that Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott have created. It has taken a tremendous amount of work by a number of people to get to this stage, and we at the IGF are extremely grateful for the role each and every one of them has played in making this possible.”
Every continent is represented in the Rankings, affording golf a unique opportunity to grow the game in unexposed territories. Across the two individual competitions, Africa has eight eligible players; Asia 29; Australasia & Oceania eight; Europe 52; North America 11 and South America 12.
The top ten mens’ players are:
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Byeong Hun An