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Date set for 2016 Olympic golf rankings cutoff

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

during the second round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on January 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Warren Little

The fields for the first Olympic golf tournaments since 1904 will come into view on July 11, 2016.

That’s the rankings cutoff date International Golf Federation vice president Ty Votaw announced at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., on Tuesday.

A “comprehensive announcement will be made in a few weeks’ time. Where [July 11] falls in relation to the world golf schedule is still to be determined,” Votaw said, according to Golf Digest.

The men’s and women’s fields for the 2016 Olympic golf tournaments are set to include 60 players each. Everybody in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) top 15 will be eligible up to four per country.

After that, the field will be filled by the next highest-ranked players with a maximum of two players per nation. The men’s 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will be during the first week of the 2016 Olympics and the women’s tournament in the second week, according to reports.

The Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony is Aug. 5, 2016.

If the men’s field was selected based on the OWGR on Wednesday, it would include Tiger Woods (1), Phil Mickelson (5), Zach Johnson (8) and Dustin Johnson (10). The top-ranked players who wouldn’t be eligible would be Americans Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson.

One big issue yet to be resolved is which country Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will represent if he makes it to Rio -- Ireland or Great Britain.

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