A total of 14 Asian Tour members are currently on track to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with less than two months remaining in the qualifying race.
Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, who finished second in the tri-sanctioned AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday, returned into the top-60 bracket in 54th position following a welcome return to form.
Malaysia’s Gavin Green also moved back into the final and 60th position on the qualifying list to play in Rio in August following his joint runner-up finish on the Asian Development Tour on home soil last week. Players will have until July 11 to jostle for tickets to Rio to celebrate golf’s return into the Olympic Games after a lapse of over 100 years.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads the list of Asian Tour members in the reckoning for Rio where he is ranked 19th on the men’s list, followed by Korea’s KT Kim in 20th position.
One man who breathed a sigh of relief was Siddikur. Despite losing to Jeunghun Wang in Mauritius where he led by three shots with three holes remaining, the Bangladeshi trailblazer was happy that his Olympic dream was reignited with a strong showing.
“This is a good boost for me on my world ranking. Hopefully I can get back in the running for the Olympics. I will take the positives from here. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully I can cap a good year,” he said.
The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.