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Players from Japan, Finland shuffling around women’s Olympic Golf Ranking

The qualification period for the women’s golf competition at the 2024 Olympics ends June 24 following the conclusion of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the world’s best female golfers are working hard to clinch their spot in the 60-player field at Le Golf National.

Competition has heated up in recent weeks, and while some athletes have played their way into the field in France, others have been knocked out of the top 60 in the Olympic Golf Ranking.

One of the most notable movements this past week involved Japan, as 2022 Women’s Scottish Open champion Ayaka Furue overtook six-time LPGA Tour winner Nasa Hataoka to claim the second Japanese spot in the ranking. Fellow countrywoman Yuka Saso essentially locked up her place in the field following her victory at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open presented by Ally at Lancaster Country Club. The Paris Games will mark Saso’s second Olympic appearance and first for Japan.

Another big shake-up included Finland, which now has two athletes ranked in the top 60 of the Olympic Golf Ranking. Ecuador’s Daniela Darquea was replaced by Finn Noora Komulainen in the field, while Finnish player Ursula Wikstrom took Malaysian Natasha Andrea Oon’s place at Le Golf National.

Oon, the 2023 Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year on the Epson Tour, announced on May 13 that she hasn’t been competing this season on the LPGA Tour due to a lingering foot injury that she’s continuing to work through. The 2024 LPGA rookie would have been vying for her first Olympic had she not been dealing with health challenges. The only player from Malaysia currently eligible to play in the Olympics is Ashley Lau of the Epson Tour.

In the top 15, the United States remains the only country with three or more representatives, as Nelly Korda, Lilia Vu and Rose Zhang are currently sitting at first, second and seventh, respectively, in the ranking. Australia, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea have two players inside the top 15, with Hannah Green and Minjee Lee currently slated to represent the Aussies, Jin Young Ko and Hyo Joo Kim set to compete for Korea and Ruoning Yin and Xiyu Lin playing for China in Paris.

The final chance for women to earn their spot in the field for Paris is next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club. Canadian Brooke Henderson, who’s currently qualified for the Games, won the event in 2016 – the last time it was held in Sammamish, Washington. Yin will look to successfully defend her 2023 title, a major victory that marked a first for the now 21-year-old.