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Men’s Olympic Golf News Update: Max Homa hot on the heels of Patrick Cantlay for the final US spot

Max Homa runs fast, he says. Just no That fast. Luckily for him, his Olympic hopes rest on his ability to hit a golf ball.

However, time is running out for Homa to represent his country in Paris later this year.

Homa arrives in Valhalla for this week’s PGA Championship ranked ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking. That puts him one spot behind Patrick Cantlay for Team USA’s fourth and final spot for the Aug. 1-4 men’s golf competition at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Rose Zhang moves to the Olympic golf qualifying position in Paris

Rose Zhang entered the expected Olympic field with her victory in the Cognizant Founders Cup.

Countries can have a maximum of four competitors, provided they are in the top 15 of the world rankings. The U.S. race, which, like the all-nation rosters, ends after the U.S. Open on June 17, currently features eight players ranked within that number.

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“It’s funny, last year when I realized I had a pretty good chance, I laughed it off and just never dreamed of playing, of being an Olympian,” Homa said Tuesday. “I’m probably faster than most people here, but not much faster than anyone else. So it was like, yeah, I’m not going to make it a huge goal, but it would have been cool. As we got closer, it became a goal.”

Homa said qualifying is now on the top of my mind, and was even brought up at the breakfast table that morning.

“As a golfer, I don’t think the Olympics will ever feel like we’re actually going to do something,” Homa added, “and then you get an opportunity, and now I would love to be a part of that.” … It’s actually kind of a win-win again because I never really imagined myself doing that, so if I don’t get it, it wouldn’t hurt that much, but it would definitely be a great experience and something that I ‘I’m really looking forward to the next few golf tournaments.’

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If qualifying were to end today, Cantlay would be joined by teammates from world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 3 Xander Schauffele (the reigning gold medalist) and No. 4 Wyndham Clark.

“I definitely plan to play,” Scheffler said Tuesday. “I think becoming an Olympian would definitely be a dream come true. Be a nice little thing to talk about with my friends when they say golfers aren’t athletes. I can claim to be an Olympian. I think it is definitely a tournament that is on my schedule, and if I am able to do so, I will definitely play there.”

Other close races for a last spot – as the Olympic rankings reflect the OWGR – include South Korea (No. 32 Sungjae Im is six places behind Tom Kim), Canada (No. 51 Adam Hadwin is two places behind Corey Conners, while three others are within the 34 places) and then the last overall spot (China’s Marty Dou, at number 330, has a 10-place lead over Switzerland’s Joel Girrbach).

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Click here for the Olympic rankings for men’s golf and the redistribution reserve list

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