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Up by two notches

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 17, 2014

VIJAY Singh has moved two spots up in the latest Olympics golf rankings. This is after Singh finished tied for 36th position at the US PGA Championship in Kentucky last weekend.

Singh has moved from 49th to 47th.

The 51-year-old said it would be nice to play at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where the sport of golf returns after more than a century.

He has previously represented the nation at the World Cup in 2001,2002 and 2012.

Singh who boasts more than 50 international titles said he was not quite sure about the qualifying requirements.

"It is not something that I'm excited about playing in now but should be when it comes closer," he said.

"My goal was to make a living through the sport. It is not easy to go out there and play golf and earn a living. A lot of golfers are out there who haven't made it.

"You need financial support to go out to pursue it and need practising and very good discipline to play and persevere.

"You could deal with downfall as well. You just don't elevate your game to a higher level. There are ups and downs and fortunately I came through that."

Golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics would be played at a new course to be built in the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone.

It will be the first time golf has been played at the Olympics since the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Qualification will be based on world ranking as of July 11, 2016 with a total of 60 players qualifying.

The top 15 players will qualify with a limit of four golfers per country who can qualify this way.

The remaining spots will go to the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two golfers qualified.

The International Golf Federation has guaranteed that at least one golfer from the host nation and each geographical region (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) will qualify.

Latest Olympic Rankings: 1 Rory McIlroy (IRL), 2 Adam Scott (AUS), 3

Henrik Stenson (SWE), 4 Sergio Garcia (ESP), 5 Justin Rose (GBR), 6 Jim Furyk (USA), 7 Matt Kuchar (USA), 8 Bubba Watson (USA), 9 Phil Mickelson (USA), 10 Jason Day (AUS), 11 Martin Kaymer (GER), 12 Graeme McDowell (IRL), 13 Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), 14 Charl Schwartzel (RSA),

15 Victor Dubuisson (FRA), 16 Thomas Bjorn (DEN), 17 Luke Donald

(GBR), 18 Miguel Jimenez (ESP), 19 Thongchai Jaidee (THA), 20 Graham

DeLaet (CAN), 21 Francesco Molinari (ITA), 22 Mikko Ilonen (FIN), 23 Joost Luiten (NED), 24 Jonas Blixt (SWE), 25 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA),

26 Angel Cabrera (ARG), 27 Koumei Oda (JPN), 28 Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), 29 Matteo Manassero (ITA), 30 KJ Choi (KOR), 31 Brendon de Jonge (ZIM), 32 Anirban Lahiri (IND), 33Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), 34 Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), 35 Hyung-Sung Kim (KOR), 36 Alexander Levy (FRA), 37 David Hearn (CAN), 38 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), 39 Marcel Siem (GER), 40 Felipe Aguilar (CHI), 41 Emiliano Grillo (ARG), 42 Mohd Rahman (BAN), 43 Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), 44 Shiv Kapur (IND), 45 Carlos Ortiz (MEX), 46 Robert-Jan Derksen (NED), 47 Vijay Singh (FIJ),

48 Chan Shih-Chang (TPE), 49 WC Liang (CHN), 50 Wu Ashun (CHN), 51 Tim Wilkinson (NZL), 52 Thomas Pieters (BEL), 53 Camilo Villegas (COL), 54 Danny Lee (NZL), 55 Antonio Lascuna (PHI), 56 Adilson da Silva (BRA),

57 Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), 58 Roope Kakko (FIN), 59 Juvic Pagunsan (PHI), 60 Nicholas Fung (MAS).





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