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Colsaerts boosts Olympic chances at Irish Open

May 23, 2016

After a strong showing at the Irish Open, Nicolas Colsaerts took another big step toward solidifying a spot on the Belgian Olympic team this summer.

Colsaerts finished T-23 at the K Club, one week after a T-3 finish in Mauritius and three weeks removed from his T-15 result in the Volvo China Open. As a result, Colsaerts climbed another nine spots to No. 223 in the world rankings and is ranked 48th among the 60 players currently in line to tee it up in Brazil.

The world rankings from July 11, the week prior to the Open Championship, will be used to determine the Olympic field. Countries can send a maximum of two players, with that maximum raised to four players per country if all are ranked inside the top 15.

Here’s a look at the 60 men currently in line to qualify for the Olympics:

1. Jason Day (AUS)

2. Jordan Spieth (USA)

3. Rory McIlroy (IRL)

4. Bubba Watson (USA)

5. Rickie Fowler (USA)

6. Henrik Stenson (SWE)

7. Dustin Johnson (USA)

8. Danny Willett (GBR)

9. Justin Rose (GBR)

10. Branden Grace (RSA)

11. Sergio Garcia (ESP)

12. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

13. Byeong-Hun An (KOR)

14. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

15. Shane Lowry (IRL)

16. Danny Lee (NZL)

17. Soren Kjeldsen (DEN)

18. K.T. Kim (KOR)

19. Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

20. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

21. Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)

22. Thongchai Jaidee (THA)

23. David Lingmerth (SWE)

24. Anirban Lahiri (IND)

25. Martin Kaymer (GER)

26. Jaco van Zyl (RSA)

27. Fabian Gomez (ARG)

28. Victor Dubuisson (FRA)

29. Thomas Pieters (BEL)

30. Joost Luiten (NED)

31. Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

32. Marcus Fraser (AUS)

33. Francesco Molinari (ITA)

34. Yuta Ikeda (JPN)

35. Ricardo Gouveia (POR)

36. Alexander Levy (FRA)

37. Miguel Tabuena (PHI)

38. Alex Cejka (GER)

39. Hao Tong Li (CHN)

40. Graham DeLaet (CAN)

41. David Hearn (CAN)

42. S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND)

43. Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

44. W.C. Liang (CHN)

45. Ryan Fox (NZL)

46. Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

47. Danny Chia (MAS)

48. Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)

49. Mikko Ilonen (FIN)

50. Brendon de Jonge (ZIM)

51. Camilo Villegas (COL)

52. Angelo Que (PHI)

53. Roope Kakko (FIN)

54. Adilson da Silva (BRA)

55. Siddikur Rahman (BAN)

56. Felipe Aguilar (CHI)

57. C.T. Pan (TPE)

58. Rodolfo Cazaubon (MEX)

59. Wen-Tang Lin (TPE)

60. Gavin Kyle Green (MAS)

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