Bryson DeChambeau out of US Olympic golf team; Wyndham Clark included

Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa will represent the United States in the Olympic men’s golf tournament during the Paris Games later this summer. Bryson DeChambeau, who won the US Open last weekend and finished sixth or better in the other two major tournaments this year, will not be part of the American team.

The Olympic men’s golf field was determined by the International Golf Federation World Ranking As of Monday. IGF rankings Official World Golf Rankingwhich are compiled through a points system based on performance. But OWGR has refused to award ranking points to LIV golf events because of the Saudi-funded breakaway league’s guaranteed inclusion of several high-profile players, its relative lack of annual turnover and its team tournament format.

In June 2022, shortly after the inaugural LIV golf tournament, the IGF announced it would not make any changes to its qualification system for LIV golfers.

“Events held during the Olympic qualification period that do not meet the criteria for earning world ranking points therefore do not contribute to the Olympic rankings,” the IGF said. A statement said At the time. “We have no plans to modify the qualification system for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

LIV golfers can only earn OWGR/IGF ranking points when they qualify for major championships, and most of the players on that circuit have fallen down the rankings since leaving the PGA TOUR. But DeChambeau’s strong play in golf’s Grand Slams has kept him up the rankings — he has won the U.S. Open and has four other top-10 finishes in majors since leaving the PGA TOUR for LIV — which keeps him atop the rankings: After his win Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2, he’s in 10th place.

Still, it wasn’t enough to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team roster. Countries are limited to four golfers in the 60-player Olympic field, and Scheffler (the world’s top-ranked player), Schauffele (No. 3 and the reigning Olympic gold medalist), Clarke (No. 5) and Morikawa (No. 7) all ranked ahead of DeChambeau (as did No. 8 Patrick Cantlay, who failed to make the U.S. team despite finishing third at the U.S. Open). Clarke, who won the U.S. Open last year, has not finished better than 33rd in the four majors since then, and has failed to make the cut in three of his last six events.

LIV golf won’t be completely left out of the Olympics, though. The world’s No. 9 players will be in Paris, along with Jon Rahm and No. 113 David Puig of Spain, No. 73 Adrian Meronk of Poland, No. 99 Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, No. 240, and No. 312 Abraham Ancer.

The Olympic women’s golf field will be revealed next week following the completion of the Women’s PGA Championship, one of the five majors in women’s golf.


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