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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.





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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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