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Olympics: Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm lead field of men’s golf contenders

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Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are among the notable names who have made the full 60-man Olympic field, which was announced Tuesday morning.

Xander Schauffele, who won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is also a part of the field. The other two American participants are Collin Morikawa and Wyndham Clark. Since the Olympic qualifying formula is based on the Official World Golf Rankings, Bryson DeChambeau — who plays on the non-OWGR-tracked LIV Golf tour — won’t be part of the team.

Names familiar to golf fans dot the entire field, from recent U.S. Open leader Ludvig Åberg to defending Tour Championship winner Viktor Hovland to 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama. The top of the field includes the top 15 ranked players, which is why the United States has four players — the upper limit for any country. The remaining 45 players were awarded at-large bids, with a two-player limit for each country. The women’s field will be announced after the June 24 qualification cutoff.

The Olympic golf format will be a familiar one: four days of stroke play at Le Golf National outside Paris, the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup and a thunderous European victory. The men’s tournament will run from Aug. 1 to 4, while the women’s tournament will run Aug. 10 to 13.

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