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Bryson DeChambeau misses U.S. Olympic golf team; Wyndham Clark included

Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa will represent the United States in the men’s Olympic golf tournament at the Paris Games later this summer. Bryson DeChambeau, who won the U.S. Open last weekend and finished sixth or better in the other two majors this year, will not make the U.S. team.

The Olympic men’s golf course was determined Monday by the International Golf Federation’s world rankings. The IGF Rankings reflect the official world golf rankings, which are compiled via a performance-based points system. But the OWGR refused to award ranking points to LIV Golf events, citing the Saudi-funded breakaway league’s guarantees of inclusion for several top players, its relative lack of turnover annual and its team tournament format.

In June 2022, shortly after the first LIV golf tournament, the IGF announced that it would not change its qualification system to accommodate LIV golfers.

“Events organized during the Olympic qualification period which do not meet the criteria for obtaining points in the world rankings therefore do not contribute to the Olympic rankings,” the IGF said in a press release at the time. “We are not considering changing the qualification system for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

LIV golfers can only accumulate OWGR/IGF ranking points if they qualify for major championships, and most players on that tour have fallen in the rankings since leaving the PGA Tour. But DeChambeau’s strong play at golf’s grand slams — he’s won the U.S. Open and four other top-10s at majors since leaving the PGA Tour for LIV — has kept him atop the rankings : after his victory Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2, he is 10th.

Still, it wasn’t enough to crack the U.S. Olympic team roster. Countries are limited to four golfers in the 60-player Olympic field, and Scheffler (the highest-ranked player in the world), Schauffele (No. 3 and reigning Olympic gold medalist), Clark (No. 5) and Morikawa (No. 7). ) all placed ahead of DeChambeau (as did No. 8 Patrick Cantlay, who also failed to make the U.S. team despite tying for third place at the U.S. Open). Clark, who won the US Open last year, has finished no better than tied for 33rd in the four majors since, and has failed to qualify in three of his last six events .

LIV Golf will not be completely excluded from the Olympics, however. World No. 9 Jon Rahm and No. 113 David Puig of Spain will be in Paris alongside No. 73 Adrian Meronk of Poland, No. 99 Joaquín Niemann of Chile, No. 240 Carlos Ortiz and No. 312 Abraham Ancer from Mexico. .

The Olympic women’s golf course will be unveiled next week after the conclusion of the Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major tournaments in women’s golf.

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