At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, golf returned to the quadrennial games for the first time in 112 years. There was a host of first-class talent set to battle it out for the Gold, but due to a break out of the Zika virus and some scheduling issues, some of the biggest names in golf were forced to withdraw.
For some, the chance to represent their country was too big an opportunity to pass and we still witnessed an epic final between Team Great Britain's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, representing Sweden.
Rose beat the 'Iceman' to win a Gold Medal, something he believes is still the biggest highlight of his career and considering he won the US Open in 2013, it goes to show just how much it meant to the Englishman.
In 2020, the Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan, and this time there should be no issues that stop the world's elite from competing. Multiple players have already expressed how much they want to represent their country next year, including Rose, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Tiger Woods.
McIlroy was under scrutiny three years ago in the build up to the Rio Olympics, as being from Northern Ireland, he can represent either Ireland or Great Britain. Unfortunately, McIlroy was one of the players who pulled out of the Games, but he recently confirmed he will be a part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will be representing Ireland.
So with Tokyo 2020 just around the corner, let's take a look at how the qualification system works and going by the current world rankings, who will qualify.
Below is the qualification system from the International Golf Federation:
The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competitions. The IGF will utilise the official world golf rankings to create the Olympic Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond 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 among the top-15.
Players have until the 22 June 2020 to gain as many ranking points as possible, but let's take a look at the 60 players that would currently take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
|Byeong Hun An|
|Erik van Rooyen|
|Darius Van Driel|
|Gavin Kyle Green|