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Women's Olympics Golf Field Finalized After Late Drama

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
Women's Olympics Golf Field Finalized After Late Drama

Women's golf's Olympic field for 2024 in Paris is officially finalized after a few last-minute adjustments resulted in unexpected qualifying positions. Most notably, the United States fell barely short of fielding the full four players, while Korea added a third golfer to its team after a game-changing victory.

 

Going into the final qualifying event, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Amy Yang of Korea sat outside the automatic qualifying positions for her country. However, Yang pulled off a surprise victory at Sahalee Country Club to claim her first LPGA Tour title.

 

This win vaulted Yang to third in the Korean rankings, making her the third player from Korea to qualify after Jin Young Ko and Hyo-Joo Kim. Korea is now the only country besides the United States to send three golfers to the Olympics.

 

For the Americans, Nelly Korda will look to defend her gold medal from 2021. The world No. 2 will be joined by fellow Americans Lilia Vu, who came close to winning the KPMG Women's PGA, and Rose Zhang.

 

However, the US nearly had a fourth qualifier in Ally Ewing. Going into the final round just outside the top 15 in the world rankings, Ewing shot a opening 71. But she struggled on the back nine, finishing with a 37 that included two bogeys and a double bogey.

 

Had Ewing managed just two strokes better on the inward half, she likely would have finished runner-up and climbed into the top 15. That would have given the US golf team its maximum allotment of four players.

 

Instead, Ewing ended up 16th in the world rankings - just outside of qualifying position. She now hopes to push for a US team sport at the upcoming Solheim Cup.

 

The tournament in France will see return appearances from medal winners like Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who is chasing a third Olympics podium. Not returning is 2021 silver medalist Mone Inami, as the Japanese star came up one shot shy of defending champion Korda last year in Tokyo.

 

The full field of 60 women's golfers across some 30 countries is now set for Paris 2024. Competition will take place from August 7-10 at Le Golf National, located just outside the city.

 

Read more: Olympic Golf in Paris 2024: Format, Dates Announced for Men's and Women's Tournaments

 

60 players have qualified for the women's golf competition at the 2024 Paris Olympics 

 

1. Nelly Korda, United States

 

2. Lilia Vu, United States

 

3. Jin Young Ko, Korea

 

4. Ruoning Yin, China

 

5. Amy Yan, Korea

 

6. Celine Boutier, France

 

7. Hannah Green, Australia

 

8. Charley Hull, Great Britain

 

9. Rose Zhang, United States

 

10. Yuka Saso, Japan

 

11. Minjee Lee, Australia

 

12. Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand

 

13. Hyo-Joo Kim, Korea

 

14. Brooke Henderson, Canada

 

15. Xiyu Lin, China

 

16. Lydia Ko, New Zealand

 

17. Miyu Yamashita

 

18. Maja Stark, Sweden

 

19. Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand

 

20. Linn Grant, Sweden

 

21. Carlota Ciganda, Spain

 

22. Leona Maguire, Ireland

 

23. Georgia Hall, Great Britain

 

24. Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa

 

25. Aditi Ashok, India

 

26. Gaby Lopez, Mexico

 

27. Esther Henseleit, Germany

 

28. Alexandra Forsterling, Germany

 

29. Albane Valenzuela, Switzerland

 

30. Perrine Delacour, France

 

31. Emily Kristine Pedersen, Denmark

 

32. Peiyun Chien, Chinese Taipei

 

33. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Denmark

 

34. Anne Van Dam, Netherlands

 

35. Azahara Munoz, Spain

 

36. Bianca Pagdanganan, Philippines

 

37. Morgane Metraux, Switzerland

 

38. Stephanie Meadow, Ireland

 

39. Manon De Roey, Belgium

 

40. Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei

 

41. Diksha Dagar, India

 

42. Emma Spitz, Austria

 

43. Shannon Tan, Singapore

 

44. Maria Fassi, Mexico 

 

45. Celine Borge, Norway

 

46. Klara Davidson Spilkova, Czech Republic

 

47. Paula Reto, South Africa

 

48. Mariajo Uribe, Colombia

 

49. Alessandra Fanali, Italy

 

50. Ashley Lau, Malaysia

 

51. Ursula Wikstrom, Finland

 

52. Ana Bela, Slovenia

 

53. Sara Kouskova, Czech Republic

 

54. Alena Sharp, Canada

 

55. Momoka Kobori, New Zealand

 

56. Dottie Ardina, Philippines 

 

57. Noora Komulainen, Finland

 

58. Dewi Weber, Netherlands

 

59. Madelene Stavnar, Norway

 

60. Ines Lakalech, Morocco

 

Who are the top contenders for the women's Olympic golf event

 

Nelly Korda (USA): As the defending gold medalist and current world No. 1, Korda is undoubtedly a top contender to repeat as Olympic champion. She has proven herself on the biggest stages.

 

Lilia Vu (USA): The world No. 2 has risen steadily this year and gives the US a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the rankings. She will be motivated to stand atop the podium.

 

Jin Young Ko (Korea): As the highest ranked Korean and former world No. 1, Ko has all the skills needed to triumph. She will lead Korea's challenge.

 

Yuka Saso (Japan): The reigning US Women's Open champ has experience winning major titles under pressure as the top Japanese golfer.

 

Ayaka Furue (Japan): Her win at the 2022 Women's Scottish Open propelled her rise, and Furue could push Saso for Japanese medaling.

 

Rose Zhang (USA): Still just 17, Zhang has the talent and poise to sneak a gold for the US team if she plays to her potential.

 

Brooke Henderson (Canada): A two-time major winner and Rolex World #1, Henderson has the all-around game for Olympic glory.

 

Lydia Ko (New Zealand): A two-time medalist already, Ko will draw on her experience in big events to chase another podium finish.


 

References: https://golf.com/news/womens-olympics-golf-field-set-after-shake-up/

 


 

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Olivia has a journalism degree and has covered women's professional golf for nearly a decade. She is known for her thoughtful profiles of LPGA stars, as well as her ability to bring the drama and storylines of the women's game to the forefront. Respected by players and fans alike, this author provides unparalleled access and analysis of the world's best female golfers.

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