The 2024 Olympics are a year away. Here are the golfers who would be playing in Paris if the games were today


The connection between golf and the Olympics is growing as the sport prepares to be part of a third straight Summer Games next year in Paris. One year from today, the first round of the 72-hole men’s competition gets underway at the Albatros course at Le Golf National (Aug. 1-4), site of the 2018 Ryder Cup. The women’s tournament starts three days after the men’s event ends, Aug. 7-10, before the closing ceremony Aug. 11.

Player interest in participating in the Olympics increased after the sport’s return to the competition took place in 2016 in Rio. Similarly, after the conclusion of the COVID-delayed Olympics in Tokyo in 2021, several high-profile players suggested the experience exceeded their expectations. Among them was Rory McIlroy

“I made some [earlier] comments before that were probably uneducated and impulsive,” McIlroy said. “But coming here experiencing it, seeing, feeling everything that goes on, not just Olympic golf but just the Olympics in general, that sort of Olympic spirit’s definitely bitten me and I’m excited how this week’s turned out and excited for the future.”

McIlroy was part of a seven-way playoff for the bronze medal, won by Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan. “It makes me even more determined to go to Paris and try to pick one up,” McIlroy said. “It’s disappointing going away from here without any hardware, I’ve been saying all day I never tried so hard in my life to finish third.”

The trickiest part now is for the top men and women to figure out a way to fit preparation into their already packed tour schedules. The men’s Olympic competition will come less than two weeks after the conclusion of the Open Championship at Royal Troon. The women’s tournament will likely fall shortly after the Amundi Evian Championship, also in France, in July (officials dates have yet to be released), and the AIG Women’s Open at St. Andrews scheduled for late August.

Qualifying for the 2024 Olympics began in July 2022, with golfers accumulating points in an official Olympics Ranking that essentially mirrors the men’s and women’s World Rankings. That provides another wrinkle on the men’s side: With golfers competing in the LIV Golf League not accumulating OWGR points, they also aren’t earning Olympic Ranking points either, making it more challenging for them to qualify for their country’s teams. (The qualifying period runs through June 17, 2024 for the men and June 24, 2024 for the women.)

So who will be competing in Paris? To get a glimpse at the possible teams for 2024, we applied the qualification criteria to the most recent Olympic rankings (July 23) and produced the full 60-player fields for the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Here a little refresher for how Olympic qualification works. These same rules apply to the men’s and women’s tournaments.
• The total field is 60 players, with at least one spot held for a golfer from the host country (France) if one does not otherwise qualify.
• No country can have more than four golfers competing.
• All golfers ranked in the top 15 qualify, up to the four-golfer maximum for each country.
• After the top 15 in the ranking, golfers ranked 16th and lower will qualify with no more than two players from any one country eligible to compete.

On the men’s side, only the United States has more than two golfers among the top 15 of the rankings (the Americans have nine as of July 24). So the first four—Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Max Homa—would make the team, with the remaining players, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Cameron Young, needing to improve their status if they want to be playing in Paris. Again the tricky part here for Koepka is that LIV golfers don’t receive OWGR points.

On the women’s side, the U.S. is in a similar spot with three players among the top 15 of the women’s rankings: Nelly Korda, Lilia Vu and Allisen Corpuz.

In the men’s tournament, 31 golfers who competed in Tokyo also would be eligible for Paris, including Schauffele, the gold-medal winner, and Pan. For the women, Korda would be defending her gold and Lydia Ko would be eligible to try to claim a third medal after winning silver in 2016 and bronze in 2021. Thirty-one women also would be playing in a second straight Olympics.

The last player into the men’s field at the moment would be Colombia’s Nico Echavarria, who ranks 330th in the World Ranking. The odd person who would be out is Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who is ranked 344th.

The last player in the women’s field would be Italy’s Alessandra Fanali, ranked 359th. The first alternate among the women would be Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines (373rd).

Mind you, there are still 12 months to go with plenty of time for player movement.

Alternates are the next highest ranked golfers from their respective countries who would be ranked high enough overall to qualify.
*—competed in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo

Emiliano Grillo
Alejandro Tosti

Thomas Pieters*
Thomas Detry*

Corey Conners*
Nick Taylor
Alternates: Adam Hadwin, Adam Svensson, Mackenzie Hughes

Joaquin Niemann*
Mito Pereira*

Carl Yuan*
Zecheng Dou

Chinese Taipei
C.T. Pan*
Kevin Yu

Sebastian Munoz*
Nico Echavarria

Rasmus Hojgaard*
Thorbjorn Olesen
Alternate: Nicolai Hojgaard

Sami Valimaki*
Kalle Samooja*

Victor Perez
Romain Langasque*
Alternate: Antoine Rozner, Julien Guerrier

Yannik Paul
Stephan Jaeger
Alternate: Maximillian Kieffer

Great Britain
Matt Fitzpatrick
Tyrrell Hatton
Alternates: Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Robert MacIntyre

Anirban Lahiri*
Shubhankar Sharma

Rory McIlroy*
Shane Lowry*
Alternate: Seamus Power

Francesco Molinari
Guido Migliozzi*

Hideki Matsuyama*
Takumi Kanaya
Alternates: Kazuki Higa, Rikuya Hoshino

New Zealand
Ryan Fox*
Daniel Hiller

Viktor Hovland*
Kristian Johannessen*

Fabrizio Zanotti*

South Africa
Thriston Lawrence
Christiaan Bezuidenhout*
Alternate: Dean Burmester

South Korea
Tom Kim
Sungjae Im*
Alternates: Si Woo Kim, K.H. Lee, Byeong Hun An

Jon Rahm
Pablo Larrazabal
Alternate: Adrian Otaegui

Sadom Kawekanjana
Phachara Khongwatmai
Alternate: Jazz Janewattananond

Scottie Scheffler
Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele*
Max Homa
Alternates: Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka

Jhonattan Vegas*

Alternates are the next highest ranked golfers from their respective countries who would be ranked high enough overall to qualify.
*—competed in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo

Magdalena Simmermacher*

Minjee Lee*
Hannah Green*
Alternate: Grace Kim

Christine Wolf*
Sarah Schober
Alternate: Emma Spitz

Brooke Henderson*
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
Alternate: Maddie Szeryk

Ruoning Yin
Xiyu Lin*

Chinese Taipai
Wei-Ling Hsu
Chia Yen Wu
Alternate: Peiyun Chien

Czech Republic
Klara Davidson Spilkova*
Kristyna Napoleaova
Alternate: Sara Kouskova

Nanna Koerstz Madsen*
Emily Kristine Pedersen*

Matilda Castren*
Ursula Wikstrom
Alternate: Noora Komulainen

Celine Boutier*
Perrine Delacour*
Alternate: Pauline Roussin

Chiara Noja
Caroline Masson*
Alternate: Esther Henseleit

Great Britain
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Alternates: Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Gemma Dryburgh

Aditi Ashok*
Diksha Dagar*

Leona Maguire*
Stephanie Meadow

Virginia Elena Carta
Alessandra Fanali

Ayaka Furue
Nasa Hataoka*
Alternates: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Saso, Chisato Iwai, Akie Iwai

Natasha Oon
Kelly Tan*

Gaby Lopez*
Maria Fassi*

The Netherlands
Anne van Dam*
Dewi Weber

New Zealand
Lydia Ko*
Momoka Kobori

The Philippines
Dottie Ardina

South Africa
Ashleigh Buhai
Paula Reto

South Korea
Jin Young Ko*
Hyo-Hoo Kim*
Alternates: In Gee Chun, Ji Yai Shin, Min Ji Park, Hye Jin Choi

Carlota Ciganda*
Ana Pelaez

Linn Grant
Anna Nordqvist
Alternates: Madelene Sagstrom, Maja Stark

Albane Valenzuela*
Morgane Metraux

Atthaya Thitkil
Ariya Jutanugarn*
Alternates: Pajaree Anannarukarn, Patty Tavatanakit, Vongtaveelap Natthakritta, Moriya Jutanugarn

United States
Nelly Korda*
Lilia Vu
Allisen Corpuz
Alternates: Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang, Jennifer Kupcho, Megan Khang

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