With 60 male competitors playing in the 72-hole individual event over four days, the top-15 players in the world, as of July 2016, will qualify automatically with a maximum of four players from each nation.
As we know we currently don’t have four golfers in the world’s top 15, our remaining spots will be decided by the top four golfers in our nation. Our top players right now arguably would be Justin Rose, Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, and Lee Westwood. Although, Luke Donald is making a come back on the PGA tour and with Andy Sullivan having a good start to this season along with Danny Willett leading the 2015 Race to Dubai followed closely by Ross Fisher, it could all change by the time Rio comes around.
The majors could play a big part in deciding the world’s top-15, with a prospective eight majors before the Olympic games, players can really step up their game to get into the running to represent their country in Brazil.
With the Olympics coming just a month before the next Ryder Cup in Hazeltine in US, it could be a perfect spring board for GB players to spring themselves into, newly appointed captain, Darren Clarke’s plans.
Keep checking the blog to see the players that put themselves into contention in the future, after extraordinary performances on their respective tours.