Who’s in, who’s out: Olympic golf qualifying picture at halfway point

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It’s British Open week, and this time next year at the start of the major tournament, we will know the qualifiers for the first Olympic golf fields since 1904.

The Rio 2016 golf fields — 60 men and 60 women — will come from the world golf rankings on July 11, 2016. The world golf rankings are made up of results from the previous two years of tournaments.

Therefore, half of the Olympic golf qualifying tournaments have already been played going into the 2015 British Open.

Who would make the 2016 Olympic golf fields based on the current world rankings? Scroll down.

Some notables are the oldest man — three-time major champion Vijay Singh, of Fiji, who is 52 — and the lowest-ranked man, Chilean Mark Tullo, ranked No. 321 overall.

Who wouldn’t make it? Billy Horschel (No. 11 among Americans), Phil Mickelson (No. 12 among Americans) and Tiger Woods (No. 84 among Americans) are not even close. A nation can’t have more than four men or women in the Olympic golf field (and no more than two if at least one of them is outside the top 15 in the world rankings).

If Horschel or Mickelson were from any country other than the U.S. or Australia, they would make the Olympic field if based on today’s rankings.

If Woods could pick any country not already qualified to represent, he would rank in at No. 55 in the field of 60, still making the field, barely, despite his recent rankings free fall.

On the women’s side, Michelle Wie would be the top American not to qualify, at No. 17 overall and fifth among Americans. If Wie represented any country other than the U.S. or South Korea, she would make it.

Seven-time major champion Juli Inkster, who is 55 years old and ranked No. 110, would slot in at No. 37 in the field of 60 if she represented a not-already-qualified nation.

Cheyenne Woods, who is Tiger Woods’ niece, is ranked 40th among Americans and No. 279 overall. She appears to have little chance of making the Olympics, but if she was representing a not-already-qualified nation, she would fit in the women’s field of 60 at No. 48 (higher than her uncle in the men’s field).

Then there’s former No. 1 Lorena Ochoa of Mexico. Ochoa retired five years ago but is still just 33 years old. She has said she is not tempted to come back for golf’s return to the Olympics, but if she reconsidered, her path to Rio de Janeiro would not be that difficult. Ochoa would only have to be ranked No. 414 to make the Olympic golf field if it was chosen based off today’s rankings.

Men
1. Rory McIlroy (IRL — 1)
2. Jordan Speith (USA — 1)
3. Bubba Watson (USA — 2)
4. Dustin Johnson (USA — 3)
5. Rickie Fowler (USA — 4)
6. Henrik Stenson (SWE — 1)
7. Justin Rose (GBR — 1)
8. Jason Day (AUS — 1)
9. Sergio Garcia (ESP — 1)
10. Adam Scott (AUS — 2)
11. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN — 1)
12. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA — 1)
13. Martin Kaymer (GER — 1)
14. Bernd Wiesberger (AUT — 1)
15. Paul Casey (GBR — 2)
16. Branden Grace (RSA — 2)
17. Thongchai Jaidee (THA — 1)
18. Victor Dubuisson (FRA — 1)
19. Francesco Molinari (ITA — 1)
20. Shane Lowry (IRL — 2)
21. Joost Luiten (NED — 1)
22. Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP — 2)
23. Byeong Hun An (KOR — 1)
24. Anirban Lahiri (IND — 1)
25. Alexander Levy (FRA — 2)
26. David Lingmerth (SWE — 2)
27. Danny Lee (NZL — 1)
28. Soren Kjeldsen (DEN — 1)
29. Graham Delaet (CAN — 1)
30. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA — 2)
31. Hiroshi Iwata (JPN — 2)
32. Marcel Siem (GER — 2)
33. Thomas Bjorn (DEN — 2)
34. Emiliano Grillo (ARG — 1)
35. Mikko Ilonen (FIN — 1)
36. Sangmoon Bae (KOR — 2)
37. Brendon de Jonge (ZIM — 1)
38. David Hearn (CAN — 2)
39. Angel Cabrera (ARG — 2)
40. Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR — 1)
41. Li Haotong (CHN — 1)
42. Carlos Ortiz (MEX — 1)
43. Wu Ashun (CHN — 2)
44. Ricardo Gouveia (POR — 1)
45. Camilo Villegas (COL — 1)
46. S.S.P Chawrasia (IND — 2)
47. Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL — 1)
48. Edoardo Molinari (ITA — 2)
49. Vijay Singh (FIJ — 1)
50. Ryan Fox (NZL — 2)
51. Angelo Que (PHI — 1)
52. Felipe Aguilar (CHI — 1)
53. Thomas Pieters (BEL — 1)
54. Mardan Mamat (SIN — 1)
55. Antonio Lascuna (PHI — 2)
56. Chan Shih-chang (TPE — 1)
57. Jhonattan Vegas (VEN — 1)
58. Adilson da Silva (BRA — 1) *Brazil automatically gets one golfer in the field
59. Siddikur Rahman (BAN — 1)
60. Mark Tullo (CHI — 2) — *No. 321 overall.

Women
1. Inbee Park (KOR — 1)
2. Lydia Ko (NZL — 1)
3. Stacy Lewis (USA — 1)
4. Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR — 2)
5. Suzann Pettersen (NOR — 1)
6. So Yeon Ryu (KOR — 3)
7. Shanshan Fang (CHN — 1)
8. Anna Nordqvist (SWE — 1)
9. Amy Yang (KOR — 4)
10. Brittany Lincicome (USA — 2)
11. Lexi Thompson (USA — 4)
12. Cristie Kerr (USA — 3)
13. Minjee Lee (AUS — 1)
14. Karrie Webb (AUS — 2)
15. Azahara Munoz (ESP — 1)
16. Teresa Lu (TPE — 1)
17. Brooke Henderson (CAN — 1)
18. Pornanong Phatlum (THA — 1)
19. Julieta Granada (PAR — 1)
20. Shiho Oyama (JPN — 1)
21. Sandra Gal (GER — 1)
22. Catriona Matthew (GBR — 1)
23. Carlota Ciganda (ESP — 2)
24. Momoko Ueda (JPN — 2)
25. Charley Hull (GBR — 2)
26. Ariya Jutanugarn (THA — 2)
27. Karine Ircher (FRA — 1)
28. Lee-Anne Pace (RSA — 1)
29. Mariajo Uribe (COL — 1)
30. Caroline Masson (GER — 2)
31. Gwladys Nocera (FRA — 2)
32. Pernilla Lindberg (SWE — 2)
33. Christel Boeljon (NED — 1)
34. Yani Tseng (TPE — 2)
35. Xiyu Lin (CHN — 2)
36. Line Vedel Hansen (DEN — 1)
37. Stephanie Meadow (IRL — 1)
38. Marianne Skarpnord (NOR — 2)
39. Paula Reto (RSA — 2)
40. Kelly Tan (MAS — 1)
41. Nicole Larsen (DEN — 2)
42. Dewi Claire Schreefel (NED — 2)
43. Alena Sharp (CAN — 2)
44. Ursula Wikstrom (FIN — 1)
45. Fabienne In-Albon (SUI — 1)
46. Klara Splikova (CZE — 1)
47. Giulia Sergas (ITA — 1)
48. Diana Luna (ITA — 2)
49. Alejandra Llaneza (MEX — 1)
50. Christine Wolf (AUT — 1)
51. Maria Balikoeva (RUS — 1)
52. Noora Tamminen (FIN — 2)
53. Paz Echeverria (CHI — 1)
54. Michelle Koh (MAS — 2)
55. Leona Maguire (IRL — 2)
56. Jennifer Rosales (PHI — 1)
57. Lisa McCloskey (COL — 1)
58. Chloe Leurquin (BEL — 1)
59. Laetitia Beck (ISR — 1) *No. 414 overall
60. Victoria Lovelady (BRA — 1) *No. 649 overall; Brazil is guaranteed one automatic spot.

Cyclist in induced coma after Tour of Poland crash

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Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma Wednesday after suffering injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour of Poland, organizers said.

A massive crash at the finish of the first stage resulted in Dylan Groenewegen‘s disqualification from the race.

Leading a bunch sprint, Groenewegen veered toward the right barrier, pinching countryman Jakobsen, who barreled into the barrier meters from the finish line.

Jakobsen went head over heels, his bike went airborne and the barriers exploded onto the road, causing more cyclists to crash.

Jakobsen was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition and was put into an induced coma, the Tour de Pologne press office said.

Groenewegen crossed the finish line first but was disqualified, giving Jakobsen the stage win, according to the stage race website.

Groenewegen, a 27-year-old Jumbo-Visma rider, owns four Tour de France stage wins among the last three years.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) “strongly condemned” Groenewegen’s “dangerous” and “unacceptable” behavior. It referred Groenewegen’s actions to a disciplinary commission for possible sanctions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Figure skating Grand Prix Series will be held as ‘domestic’ competitions

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Figure skating’s Grand Prix Series will go ahead as scheduled this fall, with modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Skating Union decided Monday.

Each of the series’ six tops around the globe will be “a domestic run event,” limited to skaters of the event’s host country, who regularly train in the host country and from a respective geographical area. The number of disciplines and skaters at each event are to be worked out.

The Grand Prix Series, held annually since 1995, is a six-event fall season, qualifying the top six skaters and teams per discipline to December’s Grand Prix Final. The annual stops are in the U.S., Canada, China, France, Russia and Japan, leading up to the Final, which is held at a different site each year.

The Final is the second-biggest annual competition after the world championships, which are typically in late March. The Final is still scheduled for Beijing, though whether or when it can be held will be discussed.

The series begins in late October with Skate America, which debuted in 1979 and has been held every year since 1988 as the biggest annual international competition in the U.S. Skate America’s site is Las Vegas, just as it was in 2019.

Skaters typically compete twice on the Grand Prix Series (three times if they qualify for the Final). ISU vice president Alexander Lakernik said skaters will be limited to one start in the six-event series before the Final, according to a Russian media quote confirmed by Phil Hersh.

The ISU has not confirmed or denied Lakernik’s assertion.

Most, if not all, top-level U.S. skaters train in the U.S. or Canada. That makes the first two Grand Prix stops — Skate America and Skate Canada — likely destinations. Grand Prix assignments have not been published.

“I appreciate the ISU is open to adapting competitive formats and is working to give athletes opportunities to compete,” Evan Bates, a U.S. ice dance champion with Madison Chock who trains in Montreal, wrote in a text message to Hersh. “This announcement gives reassurance that the ISU is doing their best to ensure a season will still take place. Of course, it’s hard to predict what will happen, and we’re not sure about what country we would compete in. It would probably depend on what the quarantine rules are at that time.”

The January 2021 U.S. Championships are scheduled for San Jose, Calif. The March 2021 World Championships are set for Stockholm.

In July, the ISU canceled the Junior Grand Prix Series for skaters mostly ages 13 to 18, including two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu, who cannot enter the senior Grand Prix until 2021.

Other early season senior international competitions scheduled for September were also canceled or postponed.

U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement that it will have more details on the Grand Prix Series in the coming weeks after collaborating with an ISU-appointed group.

“This is a great example of the figure skating community coming together to ensure that the world’s premier figure skating series will continue during these challenging times,” the statement read. “Figure skaters want to compete and figure skating fans from all around the world want to see their favorite athletes skate, and this format will ensure just that.”

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