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Bet on GolfFor the first time since 1904, golf will be a part of the Summer Olympics in 2016. The competition to get into the event in Rio de Janeiro is strong but only a handful of golfers will actually be able to get into the event.

Overall, sixty men and sixty women will compete in the golf event at the Olympics. There are several standards as to who can get into the field:

  1. The top fifteen players in the world will qualify. This is according to International Golf Federation rankings.

  2. Up to four golfers in a single country can qualify within the top fifteen.

  3. The other 45 spots for men and women will go to the top-ranked golfers from countries that do not have two or more golfers qualified.

  4. At least one golfer from the host country of Brazil will compete.

  5. At least one golfer from each geographic region will also qualify.

These standards have made it all the more important for golfers to compete to their best potential in order to go far and make it in. The competition for both sides will be especially strong.

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The United States looks like a good contender for the mens’ side. Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk are all expected to be strong contenders. There are plenty of other strong golfers from other parts of the world that will be going after spots including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Justin Rose.

For the womens’ side, South Korea is expected to be a big country to watch with Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu and Hyo-Joo Kim all being big competitors in the top ten. Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are also popular names to watch for as the competition starts to heat up.

The golfing events will take place at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio de Janeiro. The mens’ event is slated to take place from August 11-14 while the womens’ event will go along from August 17-20.

 

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