As the band made Europe famous, it’s “The Final Countdown”.
This week is the final opportunity for players to qualify to represent their countries in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And miles from Japan, in a suburb of Atlanta, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship awaits 156 players who want to make one final leap into the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and thus into the Women’s Olympic Golf Rankings. The qualification period for eligible players ends on June 28th and the official event takes place from August 4th to 7th.
With her second win in the 2021 season, Nelly Korda rose to number 3 in the world and cemented her place as a likely top American at this year’s Games. With Danielle Kang (# 6) and Lexi Thompson (# 7) potentially joining Korda based on their current rankings, the battle for fourth place will move into the final week of qualifying. With up to four participants per country making it into the top 15 of the Rolex rankings for Tokyo, Jessica Korda in 13th place appears to be a shoo-in to join her sister in Team USA. Five places behind are Ally Ewing (No. 18) as well as Jennifer Kupcho (No. 24), Austin Ernst (No. 26) and Amy Olson (No. 29) all in the top 30. A high finish could lead to an exponential increase in their rankings, which means that all eyes will be on the Americans on Sunday.
Although she is not in the PGA field of KPMG Women, Mariajo Uribe, who ranks 295 in the Rolex rankings, appears not only to represent her home country Colombia, but also the #LPGAMoms contingent with a place at the 2020 Games. Uribe, who is # 55 in the Olympic golf ranking of 60, made his first return to tour action at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship since the birth of her son Luca. Her focus was on returning to the Olympics after her T19 appearance in 2016. Uribe finished T77 in the MEDIHEAL championship but didn’t play in the Meijer LPGA Classic last week. She’ll be pitching it next at the LPGA Classic Marathon as she prepares for the halfway around the world.
“That’s the only reason I’m here. I would probably have taken the whole year off, but with the Olympics going on, it’s really important to me that I go with Colombia, so my country doesn’t have that many athletes to qualify, so I am, this is my whole Target year, ”said Uribe in Daly City. “I’ll just play a few tournaments beforehand and get into the rhythm and then go in August and hopefully play well.”
For more information on the Olympic golf rankings and an updated reserve list for the reallocation of women, please visit: https://www.igfgolf.org/tokyo-2020-olympic-golf-rankings