The full rundown of the qualifying process and who will be teeing up in Japan in July

How does the Olympic golf qualifying 2020 process work and who’s going? We’ll get you there, but first…

But the Olympics weren’t held in 2020?

Correct, they were not – and you can read all about that here – but they are still being referred to as the 2020 Olympic Games – or Tokyo 2020 if that’s what you prefer.

What happened last time?

Despite a controversy-filled build up to the 2016 Olympic Games golf programme in Rio de Janiero, the sport returned to the world stage with a flourish after well over a century away.

Some fine golf captured the hearts and minds of the local fans as well as those watching from home. With six of the world’s top players taking home the medals for six different countries, golf’s global reaches were well on display and vindicated its inclusion in the world’s biggest sporting event.

Justin Rose’s three-year gold medal tour, after winning the men’s event, has been the source of a few laughs among his peers, but also the source of a fair deal of envy and regret. While the excuses piled up before the last Olympics for some notable absentees, there will likely be few this time around as the game’s best are regularly reminded of what they missed out on.

Rory McIlroy, the most high profile golfer to snub the Olympics last time out, has already commited to represent Ireland at Tokyo 2020. But who has qualified, and how did they do it? We break it all down for you right here.

Where and when?

The men will compete in a traditional Thursday-to-Sunday slot from July 29-August 1, while the women’s tournament will be a Wednesday start from August 4-7.

Frustratingly but unsurprisingly, both tournaments are 72-hole stroke play affairs and will take place over the East course at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Olympic golf qualifying 2020: How it works

As the Games have been pushed back by precisely one year, as has the qualifying period.

The men and women’s fields are made up of 60 players who will have qualified through the world ranking systems.

The top 15 in the world rankings on June 21, 2021 for men and June 28, 2021 for women qualified automatically – but only up to four players from each country can qualify this way. In the event that there are more than four from one nation inside the top 15, the lowest ranked would miss out.

To make up the rest of the field players qualified based on their ranking outside of the top 15 up to a maximum of two players per country. If there are already two or more qualified inside the top 15 then no further additions will be made.

Olympic qualifiers: Men’s field

The likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia have opted out of playing, while none of the 2016 medallists – Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar – have qualified.

So here is the men’s field for Tokyo 2020…

Argentina
Emiliano Grillo

Australia
Cameron Smith
Marc Leishman

Austria
Matthias Schwab
Sepp Straka

Belgium
Thomas Detry
Thomas Pieters

Canada
Corey Conners
Mackenzie Hughes

Chile
Joaquin Niemann
Mito Pereira

China
Carl Yuan
Ashun Wu

Colombia
Sebastian Munoz

Czech Republic
Ondrej Lieser

Denmark
Rasmus Hojgaard
Joachim B Hansen

Finland
Kalle Samooja
Sami Valimaki

France
Antoine Rozner
Romain Langasque

Germany
Maximilian Kieffer
Hurly Long

Great Britain
Paul Casey
Tommy Fleetwood

India
Anirban Lahiri
Udayan Mane

Ireland
Rory McIlroy
Shane Lowry

Italy
Guido Migliozzi
Renato Paratore

Japan
Hideki Matsuyama
Rikuya Hoshino

Malaysia
Gavin Green

Mexico
Abraham Ancer
Carlos Ortiz

Norway
Viktor Hovland
Kristian Johannessen

New Zealand
Ryan Fox

Paraguay
Fabrizio Zanotti

Philippines
Juvic Pagunsan

Poland
Adrian Meronk

Puerto Rico
Rafael Campos

Slovakia
Rory Sabbatini

South Africa
Garrick Higgo
Christiaan Bezuidenhout

South Korea
Sungjae Im
Si Woo Kim

Spain
Adri Arnaus
Jorge Campillo

Sweden
Alex Noren
Henrik Norlander

Taiwan
CT Pan

Thailand
Jazz Janewattananond
Gunn Charoenkul

United States
Justin Thomas
Collin Morikawa
Xander Schauffele
Patrick Reed

Venezuela
Jhonattan Vegas

Zimbabwe
Scott Vincent

Olympic qualifiers: Women’s field

Argentina
Magdalena Simmermacher

Australia
Minjee Lee
Hannah Green

Austria
Christine Wolf

Belgium
Manon De Roey

Canada
Brooke Henderson
Alena Sharp

China
Shanshan Feng
Xiyu Lin

Chinese Taipei
Wei-Ling Hsu
Min Lee

Colombia
Mariajo Uribe

Czech Republic
Klara Spilkova

Denmark
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
Emily Kristine Pedersen

Ecuador
Daniela Darquea

Finland
Matilda Castrren
Sanna Nuutinen

France
Celine Boutier
Perrine Delacour

Germany
Sophia Popov
Caroline Masson

Great Britain
Melissa Reid
Jodi Ewart Shadoff

Hong Kong
Tiffany Chan

India
Aditi Ashok

Ireland
Leona Maguire
Stephanie Meadow

Italy
Giulia Molinaro
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso

Japan
Nasa Hataoka
Mone Inami

Malaysia
Kelly Tan

Mexico
Gaby Lopez
Maria Fassi

Netherlands
Anne van Dam

New Zealand
Lydia Ko

Norway
Marianna Skarpnord
Tonje Daffinrud

Philippines
Yuka Saso
Bianca Pagdanganan

Puerto Rico
Maria Fernanda Torres

Slovakia
Pia Babnik

South Africa
Ashleigh Buhai
Lee-Anne Pace

South Korea
Jin Young Ko
Inbee Park
Sei Young Kim
Hyo Joo Kim

Spain
Carlota Ciganda
Azahara Munoz

Sweden
Anna Nordqvist
Madelene Sagstrom

Switzerland
Albane Valenzuela

Thailand
Patty Tavatanakit
Ariya Jutanugarn

United States
Nelly Korda
Danielle Kang
Lexi Thompson
Jessica Korda

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