Golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification
Qualification for Golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is determined not by any form of qualifying tournament, but by the rankings maintained by the International Golf Federation.
Qualification was based on world ranking (Official World Golf Ranking for men, Women's World Golf Rankings for women) as of 11 July 2016, with a total of 60 players qualifying in each of the men's and women's events. The top 15 players of each gender qualified, with a limit of four golfers per country that can qualify this way. The remaining spots went to the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two golfers qualified, with a limit of two per country. The IGF has guaranteed that at least one golfer from the host nation and each geographical region (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) qualified. The IGF posted weekly lists of qualifiers based on current rankings for men and women.
The following men have removed themselves from possible qualification:
- Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, and Adam Scott of Australia
- Camilo Villegas of Colombia
- Vijay Singh of Fiji
- Victor Dubuisson of France
- Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy of Ireland
- Francesco Molinari of Italy
- Hideki Matsuyama and Hideto Tanihara of Japan
- Tim Wilkinson of New Zealand
- Angelo Que of Philippines
- Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa
- Kim Kyung-tae of South Korea
- Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain
- Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth of the United States
- Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe
The Zika virus, which can cause serious birth defects and is currently epidemic in Brazil, can live longer in semen than in blood, and might thus infect a male golfer's partner for up to six months later or even more. Consequently, far more top male golfers than top female golfers have withdrawn from the games. However, it has been suggested that the main reason is that women's golf needs the exposure from the Games far more than men's golf.
(a) = amateur
The following women removed themselves from possible qualification:
The following women have been removed from possible qualification by their NOC:
- Christel Boeljon (ranked 35) and Anne van Dam (51) and first replacement Dewi Schreefel of the Netherlands
- Cathryn Bristow (ranked 58) of New Zealand
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