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Olympics extend qualifying dates for 2021 Tokyo Games

Would-be Olympic golfers can accumulate world-ranking points through late June 2021 to determine 60-player men’s and women’s fields, organizers announced

Extended: By the International Golf Federation and the International Olympic Committee, qualifying dates for the Tokyo Games, organizers announced Wednesday. The 2020 Summer Olympics were delayed until 2021 because of concerns about athletes’ ability to train and travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Male golfers will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings points through June 21, 2021, and women will compile points through June 28, 2021. The rescheduled Tokyo Games will be held July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. Dates for the golf competition have not been released, but based on this year’s original schedule, they would be July 29-Aug. 1 for the men and Aug. 4-7 for the women, with both tournaments at Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo. The OGR is based on the Official World Golf Ranking for the men and the Women’s World Golf Rankings for the women. Both rankings have been suspended since March 20 because of coronavirus, which effectively shut down the golf season on March 12. Soon afterward, the IOC postponed the Summer Olympics until 2021. The field sizes for the men’s and women’s golf tournaments will remain unchanged, at 60 players each, for the 72-hole, stroke-play events. The top 15 players at the end of the qualifying period will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from any nation. Beyond the top 15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15. As host country, Japan will be guaranteed a spot, as will each of the five continental regions.

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