112 years is what it took for the international Olympic committee to bring golf back to a stage it always deserved (the games that matter). At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Indian golf squad is bound to get representation from its finest players which over time have proven their worth and made us all so proud.
Qualification will be based on world ranking as of 11 July 2016, with a total of 60 players qualifying in each of the men’s and women’s events. The top 15 players of each gender will qualify, with a limit of four golfers per country that can qualify this way. The remaining spots go to the highest ranked players from countries that do not already have two qualified golfers.
With Anirban Lahiri , Shiv Kapur and S.S.P Chawrasia leading the Indian brigade along with youngsters such as Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, the Indian pros would certainly give a tough fight to the American and European Golfers. Here is the list of probable golfers that will represent India at the olympics.
With 18 pro wins under his belt, The 29 year old Arjuna awardee holder, Anirban Lahiri is the golfer to look forward to. Currently ranked 61 in World golf rankings; Lahiri is the highest ranked Indian golfer in the current golf rankings. With 2 wins in Asian tour and 7 in the European under his belt, we are expecting a medal from Mr. Anirban Lahiri.
S.S.P. (SHIV SHANKAR PRASAD) CHAWRASIA.
Popularly known as ”Chipputtsia” and “chow” , Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia turned pro in 1997 and has had 14 wins since. The self-taught golfer is nicknamed “Chip-putt-sia”& “chop”, because of his short game. Ranked 198 in world golf rankings ”Chipputtsia” becomes 2nd favourite after Lahiri from whom a medal can be expected.
Ranked 439 internationally, Aditi Ashok has also made it to the list of Indian probable to represent India at RIO 2016. Thanks to a rule that states ‘the top-15 ranked players from both men and women will qualify, with a maximum of four per country, which has made it possible for players like Aditi to represent their respective countries.
Aditi’s inclusion would certainly add up to the Indian arsenal.
Zika as a threat:
Leading stars like Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott, Shane Lowry and Jason Day have withdrawn because of the Zika virus. In all 11 have done so far which has made room for golfers like Lahiri and Chawrasia to bring glories to their country. The unfortunate ZIKA virus tragedy could possibly turn a blessing in disguise for the India. Read all about it over here.
With a strong trio and ZIKA virus tragedy coming into play Indian dark horses have a fine chance of a podium finish at RIO..