Men's Olympic Games Qualifying Finalised

The field is provisionally set for Tokyo, with Casey and Fleetwood set to represent Team GB

Men's Olympic Games Qualifying Finalised
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The field is provisionally set for Tokyo, with Casey and Fleetwood set to represent Team GB

Men's Olympic Games Qualifying Finalised

The extended three-year qualification process for the men’s golf competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been completed.

US Open champion and World No.1 Jon Rahm will headline the field for Spain after leading the qualification table - although his partner is not confirmed yet after reports that Rafa Cabrera Bello is following Sergio Garcia in withdrawing.

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Big names who have already withdrawn, aside from Sergio, include World No.2 Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer.

The big news is that all three medal winners last time out, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, have all not qualified.

Rory Sabbatini's move to Slovakian citizenship has also paid off, as he is in the field of 60 for Tokyo.

Americans finished Nos. 2-5 in the qualifying, with Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau representing the US.

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Just like in Rio in 2016, the United States is the only country in the men's tournament with more than two qualifiers for the 60-player field, which will compete at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29-August 1.

Team GB, which was made up of Gold Medal winner Justin Rose and reigning Masters champion Danny Willett last time out, will be represented by Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood.

This means that Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood all appear to have turned down the chance to play in the Games.

Home nation Japan will be represented by Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama and Rikuya Hoshino.

The men’s field is made up of 36 countries.

Men's Olympic Games Golf Field: (provisional)

Spain: Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

USA: Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau

Ireland: Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry

Norway: Viktor Hovland, Kristian K Johannessen

Japan: Hideki Matsuyama, Rikuya Hoshino

GB: Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood

Mexico: Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz

South Korea: Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim

Australia: Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman

Chile: Joaquin Niemann, Mito Pereira

Canada: Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes

France: Victor Perez, Antoine Rozner

South Africa: Garrick Higgo, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Colombia: Seabstian Munoz

Italy: Guido Migliozzi, Francesco Molinari

Argentina: Emiliano Grillo

Belgium: Thomas Detry, Thomas Pieters

Sweden: Alex Noren, Henrik Norlander

Finland: Kalle Samooja, Sami Valimaki

Austria: Matthias Schwaab, Sepp Straka

Denmark: Rasmus Hojgaard, JB Hansen

Thailand: Jazz Janewattananond, Gunn Charoenkul

Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas

Slovakia: Rory Sabbatini

New Zealand: Ryan Fox

Taiwan: CT Pan

Poland: Adrian Meronk

Germany: Max Kieffer, Hurly Long

Phillipines: Juvic Pagunsan

Czech Republic: Ondrej Lieser

Zimbabwe: Scott Vincent

Paraguay: Fabrizio Zanotti

Puerto Rico: Rafael Campos

Malaysia: Gavin Green

China: Carl Yuan, Ashun Wu

India: Anirban Lahiri

How to qualify for the Olympics

The top-15 world-ranked players are eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country.

Beyond the top-15, players are 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 among the top-15.

The host country is guaranteed a spot, as is each of the five continents of the Olympics.

Olympic Qualifying - what next?

The women’s rankings will be finalised after this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The 60-player women’s competition will also be held at Kasumigaseki CC and takes place the following week from August 4-7.

Once the women’s Olympic Golf Rankings are finalised, the International Golf Federation (IGF) will send confirmation of the men’s and women’s quota places to the National Olympic Committees.

The NOCs will then confirm use of allocated quota places to the IGF by July 1 and the IGF, in turn, will reallocate all unused quota places before the Tokyo 2020 Sport Entries Deadline on July 5.

The IGF will publish a final entries list of 60 names for both the men’s and women’s events on Tuesday, July 6, which will ratify all the competitors for the respective fields at the Olympic Games.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5