Four women, three men enter Olympic Golf Ranking
With major tour schedules winding down towards the end of the calendar year, many players will carry their current positioning in the Olympic Golf Ranking (OGR) into 2024. But several players on the men’s and women’s side took advantage of events over the past month to move inside the OGR top 60 as they continue to push for a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Players are selected from the OGR with the top-15 men and top-15 women eligible to play in the Games -- with a limit of four from a single country. Once past No. 15 in the OGR (which is based on the men’s Official World Golf Ranking and women’s Rolex Rankings), a maximum of two players will be eligible from each country that doesn’t already have two or more in the top 15. Le Golf National will host 120 of the world’s top players – 60 men and 60 women – near Paris next August.
In the women’s OGR, Korea has positioned itself to have a third qualifier as Ji Yai Shin reached No. 15 in the rankings, joining countrywomen Jin Young Ko (No. 4) and Hyo-Joo Kim (No. 7). Shin’s top-five finishes at the LPGA’s TOTO Japan Classic and BMW Ladies Championship over the past month led to her climb into the top 15.
Elsewhere on the women’s side, Japan’s Miyu Yamashita (No. 20) replaced Ayaka Furue as Japan’s second current qualifier, while Thailand’s Chanette Wannasaen (No. 26) and Spain’s Azahara Muñoz (No. 32) replaced Ariya Jutanugarn and Ana Pelaez Triviño, respectively.
In the men’s OGR, the recent surge of Colombia’s Camilo Villegas (No. 44) has led to a first-time appearance in the rankings during this Olympic cycle. After residing outside the top-700 of the Official World Golf Ranking earlier this spring, back-to-back weeks with a runner-up finish and a win on the PGA Tour has led to a meteoric rise to No. 163 for the 41-year-old. Villegas is currently in position to join Sebastian Muñoz (No. 57) in representing Colombia.
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen (No. 32) joined Villegas as recent newcomers to the top 60 – replacing countryman Christiaan Bezuidenhout in the process – while Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen (No. 27) has overtaken Rasmus Højgaard for their country’s second position.
With only a handful of opportunities remaining in 2023, players will continue to jockey for positioning inside the OGR in order to secure a trip to Paris next summer.