Inbee Park, the top-ranked women’s golfer, disagrees with how the Rio 2016 Olympic golf field will be made up, saying it will exclude some of the world’s best golfers.
The first Olympic golf tournament fields since 1904 will be determined by world rankings with a maximum of four men or women per nation (and no more than two if at least one of the golfers is outside the top 15 in the world rankings).
This ensures a greater number of nations represented in the Rio 2016 fields.
“If you are in the world’s top 50, you should be able to play in the Olympics,” the South Korean Park said at the British Open on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. “There’s some countries where [players] ranked Nos. 300, 400 will play, but obviously not Koreans.”
On the women’s side, the No. 4 South Korean in the current world rankings is at No. 9 overall. There are 38 South Koreans ranked in the top 100, and Park is correct that the Olympic golf field will have to dip into the 300s or 400s in the rankings to fill up to 60.