Paris Olympics 2024: Indian golfers Diksha Dagar and Aditi Ashok are scheduled to compete at the Olympics

Aditi achieved India's top Olympic result with a fourth-place finish at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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By Pushkar Pandey | Apr 24, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Indian golf enthusiasts can look forward to seeing Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar compete in the Paris Olympics, while Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar also stand a solid chance of qualifying for the event. If successful, it would mark Aditi’s third Olympic participation – a record for an Indian golfer – while Diksha would be making her second appearance.

Sharma and Bhullar, on the other hand, would be making their Olympic debuts. Aditi Ashok has the distinction of India’s finest Olympic performance in golf, having secured fourth place in the 2020 Tokyo Games. The responsibility for issuing Olympic entries falls to the Indian Golf Union.

Qualification for the golf event at the Olympics is based on the rankings from the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), which admits 60 players each from the men’s and women’s fields. The criteria for eligibility include a place in the top 15 of the OWGR, with a cap of four golfers per nation.

Beyond the top 15, golfers are selected from the Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR), which considers up to two of the highest-ranked eligible players from each country, provided they are not already represented by two players in the top 15. Sahith Theegala and Akshay Bhatia, two Indian American golfers who are climbing the ranks on the PGA Tour, have recently achieved their career-high rankings, placing 12th and 33rd respectively.

Sahith Theegala and Akshay Bhatia’s chances of competing in the Olympics appear doubtful

Their making it to the Olympics is improbable due to the dominance of American golfers in the world top 15-eight Americans are currently ranked within this bracket. Theegala’s impressive performances include being a runner-up at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the RBC Heritage, while also securing fifth place at the WM Phoenix Open and a tie for sixth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational out of 11 starts.

Bhatia has garnered attention with a victory at the Texas Open, achieving a top 20 placement six times out of 12 starts, albeit missing the cut four times. Top-ranked American golfers like Scottie Scheffler (1), Wyndham Clark (3), Xander Schauffele (5), and Patrick Cantlay (8) hold positions that eclipse Theegala’s current rank. Max Homa (9) and Brian Harman (10) also lead Theegala, who is now the seventh relative to his compatriots in the rankings.

Diksha Dagar remains in top 50 to qualify for Paris games

The United States is the only nation that could potentially send four golfers to the Olympics based on their positions in the world’s top 15, other countries are restricted to sending a maximum of two players, each necessitating a place in the top 60 Olympic qualifiers. In the women’s category, despite a less notable year, Aditi remains within the top 50.

Diksha Dagar has maintained an outstanding run, finishing within the top 10 three times in five Ladies European Tour starts, and in her two appearances on the Epson Tour, she has never been worse off than tied-26, also reaching a career-best rank of 138th. Following Aditi and Diksha among Indian women, golfers are Pranavi Urs (403), competing in her inaugural season on the LET, and the amateur Avani Prashanth (531).

Amongst Indian male golfers, Sharma is the only Indian within the top 200, notching a tied-seventh finish at the Singapore Classic and a tied-16th at the Dubai Desert Classic. Meanwhile, Bhullar’s best performance this year was a tied-43rd finish in Oman on the Asian Tour, complemented by a victory at the Chandigarh Open on the Indian Tour, his second win in the past four months in India. Veer Ahlawat (380) and Karandeep Kochhar (434) rank just behind Sharma and Bhullar.

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