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Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele Headline USA Men’s Golf Roster for 2024 Olympics

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Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa will represent the United States at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Athletic’s Alex Andrejev noted how the U.S. Open locked in the American representatives for Paris, assuming they all accepted Olympic invites. Countries are limited to four players, and the quartet of Scheffler, Schauffele, Clark and Morikawa all met the automatic qualification criteria by virtue of sitting in the top 15 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Cantlay finished in a tie for third in the U.S. Open, but that wasn’t enough to catapult him ahead of Morikawa in the OGWR. He moved from ninth into eighth, one spot below Morikawa. U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau climbed 28 spots to 10th, which still wasn’t good enough in Olympic qualifying terms.

Scheffler arguably heads into the Summer Games as the favorite given his level of performance during the 2024 PGA Tour season. He has five wins and 12 top-10 finishes through 14 events.

Schauffele enters as the defending champion after capturing a gold medal in the last Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The 30-year-old won the PGA Championship in May and secured a top-10 place 11 times in 15 starts.

The men’s Olympic tournament tees off Aug. 1 at Le Golf National. The event follows the traditional tournament format with players competing in stroke play over 72 holes across four days.

This will be only the fifth time golf is part of the Summer Olympics program. The sport was out of the picture for more than a century before returning in 2016. At least one American has claimed a place on the podium in each of the four previous installments.

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