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Adam Scott tops first ranking list for Olympic Games in Rio

Australian Adam Scott is No.1 on the first official Olympic Ranking list to be published ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio, Brazil.

Should the current list still apply in two years’ time it would mean that Tiger Woods would also qualify – to represent the United States – but Phil Mickelson would miss out.

Golf returns to the Olympic Games after a gap of 12 years in Rio de Janeiro, where 60-player fields will contest the medals in both the men’s and women’s events.

Over the course of the next two years, players will accumulate points during a 24-month window to try to qualify for the Olympics, with the final list set to be posted on July 11, 2016.

The top 15 golfers will qualify for Rio, although there will be a maximum of four players from any country within this group.

Below the 15, the next 45 will allow a maximum of two players per country, with hosts Brazil guaranteed one place in each of the 72-hole competitions.

So where does everyone stand right now? The United States would be the only country taking part to have four players in the men’s event, with Bubba Watson (6). Matt Kuchar (7), Tiger Woods (9) and Jim Furyk (10) flying the flag for their country.

And based on rank, the highest placed player who would not be eligible to play – based on their current position – is world No.11 Jordan Speith due to the fact there are four of his compatriots ahead of him.

The world’s lowest ranked golfer who would sneak into 60th spot in the men’s Olympic list is Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who is a woeful 290th in the official world standings.

To date there are currently 29 Americans in the top 60 of the Official World Ranking.

The United States would also have four in the women’s event. Stacy Lewis currently heads the list.

Men’s Top 20 (correct as of July 24):

1 Adam Scott (Aus)

2 Rory McIlroy (Ire)

3 Henrik Stenson (Swe)

4 Justin Rose (Gbr)

5 Sergio Garcia (Esp)

6 Bubba Watson (USA)

7 Matt Kuchar (USA)

8 Jason Day (Aus)

9 Tiger Woods (USA)

10 Jim Furyk (USA)

11 Martin Kaymer (Ger)

12 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)

13 Graeme McDowell (Ire)

14 Luke Donald (Gbr)

15 Victor Dubuisson (Fra)

16 Thomas Bjorn (Den)

17 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)

18 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp)

19 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

20 Graham DeLaet (Can)

Women’s Top 20 (correct as of July 24):

1 Stacy Lewis (USA)

2 Lydia Ko (Nzl)

3 Inbee Park (Kor)

4 Suzann Pettersen (Nor)

5 Lexi Thompson (USA)

6 Michelle Wie (USA)

7 Karrie Webb (Aus)

8 Shanshan Feng (Chi)

9 So Yeon Ryu (Kor)

10 Anna Nordqvist (Swe)

11 Cristie Kerr (USA)

12 Amy Yang (Kor)

13 Catriona Matthew (Gbr)

14 Azahara Munoz (Esp)

15 Pornanong Phatlum (Tha)

16 Charley Hull (Gbr)

17 Karine Icher (Fra)

18 Caroline Hedwall (Swe)

19 Beatriz Recari (Esp)

20 Sakura Yokomine (Jpn)