The fields for the first Olympic golf tournaments since 1904 will come into view on July 11, 2016.
That’s the rankings cutoff date International Golf Federation vice president Ty Votaw announced at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., on Tuesday.
A “comprehensive announcement will be made in a few weeks’ time. Where [July 11] falls in relation to the world golf schedule is still to be determined,” Votaw said, according to Golf Digest.
The men’s and women’s fields for the 2016 Olympic golf tournaments are set to include 60 players each. Everybody in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) top 15 will be eligible up to four per country.
After that, the field will be filled by the next highest-ranked players with a maximum of two players per nation. The men’s 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will be during the first week of the 2016 Olympics and the women’s tournament in the second week, according to reports.
The Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony is Aug. 5, 2016.
If the men’s field was selected based on the OWGR on Wednesday, it would include Tiger Woods (1), Phil Mickelson (5), Zach Johnson (8) and Dustin Johnson (10). The top-ranked players who wouldn’t be eligible would be Americans Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson.
One big issue yet to be resolved is which country Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will represent if he makes it to Rio — Ireland or Great Britain.
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.
Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.
Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.
The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.