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US Golf Team Set for Paris 2024 Olympics, DeChambeau Misses Out

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
US Golf Team Set for Paris 2024 Olympics, DeChambeau Misses Out

The United States golf team for the 2024 Paris Olympics has been selected, with Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa securing spots to represent their country.

 

Despite winning the US Open tournament on Sunday, Bryson DeChambeau did not make the cut for the American squad this summer. He failed to accumulate enough points in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) during the qualifying period.

 

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament. 

 

Selection for the Olympic golf competition is determined by ranking positions in the OWGR. With a maximum of four players allowed per nation, the US spots went to their top four highest ranked golfers - Scheffler (No.1), Schauffele (No.3), Clark (No.5) and Morikawa (No.7).

 

 

 

 

 

As of Monday's deadline, DeChambeau sat 10th in the OWGR standings. However, the 30-year-old joined the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series earlier this year. Competing on the breakaway tour meant he no longer earned ranking points from those events.

 

While DeChambeau posted impressive showings in the majors this season, including a runner-up result at the PGA Championship and his breakthrough US Open victory, it was not enough to dislodge one of his American rivals in the OWGR by the qualifying cutoff date.

 

The Paris Olympics will take place from August 1-4, 2024 at the Le Golf National course. It marks the final opportunity for golfers to earn selection for their countries before the sport is removed from the Games program for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

 

So despite his best efforts, Bryson DeChambeau will be a spectator rather than participant as the US aims for gold on French soil in two years time. The 30-year-old has missed out due to the stipulations of Olympic qualifying and his decision to join LIV Golf.

 

Read more: Golf Teams Finalized for 2024 Paris Olympics: Scheffler and Schauffele to Lead stacked US team

 

How did the LIV Golf membership impact DeChambeau's Olympic qualification

 

It's a bummer for Bryson DeChambeau that he won't be representing Team USA at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. For a guy who just won the U.S. Open, you'd think making the team would be a no-brainer.

 

But here's the deal - Olympic qualifying is mostly based on the Official World Golf Rankings. And that's where playing on the LIV Golf tour hurt Bryson. Because the OWGR doesn't award points for LIV events since they don't meet its criteria.

 

So while Bryson played great in some majors this year, including his Open win, none of those results helped boost his world ranking. Meanwhile, the four Americans who did quality - Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa - all earned their spots through strong OWGR positions.

 

Bryson may be one of the best players out there right now. But by joining LIV, he cut himself off from an important path to the Olympics. Tough break for the big guy. Even with that amazing U.S. Open victory, it just wasn't enough OWGR points to make the squad. 


 

 

References: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5570609/2024/06/17/us-olympic-golf-team-paris-2024/ 

 


 

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Sarah has a strong background in sports journalism, with a degree in journalism from a top university in the US. She has covered men's professional golf for over 10 years, attending major tournaments around the world and building an extensive network within the men's golf community. Her writing is known for its in-depth analysis, insider access, and ability to bring the drama and excitement of professional golf to life for readers.

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