The International Golf Federation and International Olympic Committee have announced an adjustment to the qualifying system for the Tokyo Olympic Games to accommodate the new dates of competition in 2021. Due to the one year delay, athletes will now accumulate Olympic Golf Ranking Points (OGR) during a period ending June 21, 2021, for men and June 28, 2021, for women. The field for men and women will consist of 60 players.

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The OGR is based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for men and the Women’s World Golf Rankings. On March 20, the Governing Boards of the OWGR and WWGR determined the rankings would be suspended due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. A statement about the continuation of each own ranking will be made in due sequence.  

The IGF’s statement of the revision shadowed the IOC’s decision to delay the Olympic 2020 Games and its following release of the revised principles for the Olympic 2020 qualification on 2 April 2020 that included the reduction of the maximum two-year period and alterations to the qualification deadlines. The IGF revised the dates within the present qualification system to reflect these new dates and succumbed the revised version to the IOC Qualification taskforce for approval.

“Having received from the IOC confirmation of the dates for when the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held and the qualification principles, the fairest and most equitable way to determine the succeeding athletes was to bring into line the previous qualification system with these new dates,” supposed Antony Scanlon, IGF Executive Director.

The OGR is calculated as follows: Each tournament earns a strength-of-field rating which determines how many ranking points will be awarded to top finishers.  Points are awarded to players based on their finish positions in each event, with performances in stronger-field events earning more points following a points distribution table approved by the IGF.

“We are pleased that the IOC swiftly approved these changes to provide clarity on this important area. The IGF will continue to work closely with the IOC and Tokyo Olympic to address the other areas that the postponement of the Games affects our sport and our athletes, to develop the necessary plans to resolve these. We continue fully committed to if safe and fair golf rivalries and memorable experience for our athletes when these Olympic 2020 Games are held in 2021.”

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Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 52-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women. Total Official World Golf Ranking points earned in the most recent 13-week period, ending with the Olympic Golf Ranking as of Monday 21 June 2021 for the men and Monday 28 June 2021 for the women.

The top-15 players at the end of the qualifying period will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Outside the top-15, players will be qualified based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players amongst the top-15. The host country will be certain an advert, as will each of the five mainland regions.

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