How Olympic golf fields would look today

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With it being Masters week and the Olympic golf qualifying process remaining largely the same, according to Golf Channel, who would make the 60-golfer fields for Tokyo 2020 using today’s rankings?

Well, one of the six medalists from Rio, American bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, would not qualify outright if using the same maximum two-per-country rule (or up to four if inside the top 15 in world rankings).

Tiger Woods has posted impressive early comeback results from major back surgery but, at No. 103, is 95 places shy of making a U.S. team outright.

Woods would make a hypothetical Olympic field today if he was from any country except the U.S., Spain, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Ireland, South Korea and India.

That all said, none of the results that went into today’s rankings (nor this weekend’s Masters results) will play any part in Olympic golf qualification, which go by the rolling, two-year world rankings in June 2020.

A look at the fields today if using the same system as for Rio 2016:

Men
1. Dustin Johnson (USA-1)
2. Justin Thomas (USA-2)
3. Jon Rahm (ESP-1)
4. Jordan Spieth (USA-3)
5. Justin Rose (GBR-1)
6. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN-1)
7. Rory McIlroy (IRL-1) — Said in 2017 he will likely skip the Olympics
8. Rickie Fowler (USA-4)
9. Sergio Garcia (ESP-2)
10. Jason Day (AUS-1)
11. Tommy Fleetwood (GBR-2)
12. Paul Casey (GBR-3)
13. Henrik Stenson (SWE-1)
14. Alex Noren (SWE-2)
15. Marc Leishman (AUS-2)
16. Francesco Molinari (ITA-1)
17. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA-1)
18. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA-1)
19. Branden Grace (RSA-2)
20. Li Haotong (CHN-1)
21. Adan Hadwin (CAN-1)
22. Thomas Pietres (BEL-1)
23. Satoshi Kodaira (JPN-2)
24. Siwoo Kim (KOR-1)
25. Jhonattan Vegas (VEN-1)
26. Bernd Wiesberger (AUT-1)
27. Alexander Levy (FRA-1)
28. Emiliano Grillo (ARG-1)
29. Shubhankar Sharma (IND-1)
30. Joost Luiten (NED-1)
31. Paul Dunne (IRL-2)
32. Byeong Hun An (KOR-2)
33. Anirban Lahiri (IND-2)
34. Martin Kaymer (GER-1)
35. Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN-1)
36. Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR-1)
37. Victor Dubuisson (FRA-2)
38. Ryan Fox (NZL-1)
39. Graham Delaet (CAN-2)
40. Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL-2)
41. Jazz Janewattananond (THA-2)
42. Soren Kjeldsen (DEN-2)
43. Renato Paratore (ITA-2)
44. Danny Lee (NZL-2)
45. Gavin Green (MAS-1)
46. C.T. Pan (TPE-1)
47. Abraham Ancer (MEX-1)
48. Tapio Pulkkanen (FIN-1)
49. Mikko Korhonen (FIN-2)
50. Alex Cejka (GER-2)
51. Scott Vincent (ZIM-1)
52. Andres Romero (ARG-2)
53. Miguel Tabuena (PHI-1)
54. Xinjun Zhang (CHN-2)
55. Rafael Campos (PUR-1)
56. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (MEX-2)
57. Juvic Pagunsan (PHI-2)
58. Adison da Silva (BRA-1)
59. Juan Sebastian Munoz (COL-1)
60. Ricardo Gouveia (POR-1)
Notables missing: Phil Mickelson (USA-6), Bubba Watson (USA-7), Matt Kuchar (USA-8), Tiger Woods (USA-51), Adam Scott (AUS-4), Ian Poulter (GBR-5), Padraig Harrington (IRL-4), Vijay Singh (FIJ-1, ranked No. 518, cutoff is No. 386).

Women
1. Shanshan Feng (CHN-1)
2. Lexi Thompson (USA-1)
3. Inbee Park (KOR-1)
4. Sung Hyun Park (KOR-2)
5. So Yeon Ryu (KOR-3)
6. Ariya Jutanugarn (THA-1)
7. I.K. Kim (KOR-4)
8. Anna Nordqvist (SWE-1)
9. Cristie Kerr (USA-2)
10. Jessica Korda (USA-3)
11. Michelle Wie (USA-4)
12. Brooke Henderson (CAN-1)
13. Lydia Ko (NZL-1)
14. Minjee Lee (AUS-1)
15. Moriya Jutanugarn (THA-2)
16. Charley Hull (GBR-1)
17. Carlota Ciganda (ESP-1)
18. Ai Suzuki (JPN-1)
19. Pernilla Lindberg (SWE-2)
20. Georgia Hall (GBR-2)
21. Teresa Lu (TPE-1)
22. Suzann Pettersen (NOR-1)
23. Nasa Hataoka (JPN-2)
24. Caroline Masson (GER-1)
25. Katherine Kirk (AUS-2)
26. Karine Icher (FRA-1)
27. Azahara Munoz (ESP-2)
28. Wei-Ling Hsu (TPE-2)
29. Aditi Ashok (IND-1)
30. Nicole Larsen (DEN-1)
31. Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu (CHN-2)
32. Sandra Gal (GER-2)
33. Ashleigh Simon (RSA-1)
34. Alena Sharp (CAN-2)
35. Anne Van Dam (NED-1)
36. Gaby Lopez (MEX-1)
37. Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN-2)
38. Lee-Anne Pace (RSA-2)
39. Celine Boutier (FRA-2)
40. Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL-1)
41. Olafia Kristinsdottir (ISL-1)
42. Klara Spilkova (CZE-1)
43. Mariajo Uribe (COL-1)
44. Laetitia Beck (ISR-1)
45. Ursula Wikstrom (FIN-1)
46. Marianne Skarpnord (NOR-2)
47. Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL-2)
48. Giulia Molinaro (ITA-1)
49. Ana Menendez (MEX-2)
50. Noora Tamminen (FIN-2)
51. Christine Wolf (AUT-1)
52. Sarah Schober (AUT-2)
53. Tiffany Chan (HKG-1)
54. Stephanie Meadow (IRL-1)
55. Maha Haddioui (MAR-1)
56. Daniela Darquea (ECU-1)
57. Diana Luna (ITA-2)
58. Dottie Ardina (PHI-1)
59. Kelly Tan (MAS-1)
60. Yuka Saso (PHI-2)
Notables missing: Stacy Lewis (USA-6), Paula Creamer (USA-32), Karrie Webb (AUS-6), Yani Tseng (TPE-7).

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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