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Golfer Joost Luiten will not play in Olympics regardless of win in court docket

Golfer Joost Luiten of the Netherlands will not be going to the Olympics in Paris in spite of everything.

Luiten was one among 4 Dutch golfers who certified by means of Worldwide Olympic Committee necessities — Darius Van Driel and feminine golfers Anne van Dam and Dewi Weber had been the others. However his nation’s nationwide Olympic committee dominated it was solely sending van Dam to Paris as a result of it mentioned the others did not have a sensible probability of ending within the high eight of their respective tournaments.

Luiten, a six-time winner on the DP World Tour, took the Dutch Olympic committee to court docket and gained. The Dutch decide ordered Luiten to be included within the 60-man area that can compete at Le Golf Nationwide outdoors Paris on Aug. 1-4. In a press release Tuesday, nevertheless, the Worldwide Golf Federation mentioned Luiten’s “unused quota spot had already been reallocated pursuant to the IGF’s printed qualification procedures.”

“The IGF was not a celebration to the authorized motion introduced forth by Luiten within the Netherlands,” the assertion mentioned. “However, in an effort to help Luiten, the IGF sought an exception from the IOC to extend the sector dimension of the lads’s Olympic golf competitors from 60 to 61 rivals to incorporate Luiten, nevertheless the request was denied by the IOC at the moment.

“The IGF has suggested Luiten of the IOC’s determination, and he has not knowledgeable the IGF whether or not he intends to pursue this matter additional.”

Luiten was ranked No. 147 within the Official World Golf Rating and fortieth within the Olympic rankings on the time of the Dutch committee’s determination. It is the second straight Olympics through which the nation declined to ship a full allotment of golfers to the competitors due to their world rankings.

On the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini, who was ranked No. 161 on the earth, carded a final-round 61 to seize a silver medal behind gold medalist Xander Schauffele.

Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, who was ranked No. 181 on the earth, survived a seven-man playoff that included Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa to win a bronze medal.

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson, an expert in tennis and golf, has covered numerous Grand Slam tournaments and PGA Tours. Her sharp analysis and player insights are a staple of her reporting. Sarah loves playing recreational tennis and is an avid golfer who enjoys weekend rounds with friends.


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