By Golf Channel Communications
This week the Olympic stage in Rio will belong to 60 of the most prominent female golfers in the world who will take part in the Women's Olympic Golf competition, Wednesday-Saturday, August 17-20. Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), Brooke Henderson (Canada) and Lexi Thompson (United States) headline the field taking on the same Olympic Golf Course on which the men's competition was contested last week.
2016 RIO OLYMPICS
Women's Olympic Golf Competition
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Olympic Golf Course, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)
Thursday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Format: The Women's Olympic Golf competition will consist of 60 players, competing in a 72-hole stroke play competition based on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. The top-15 players in the official world golf rankings are eligible, with a maximum of four players allowed from a given nation. Outside of the top 15, each nation is allowed a maximum of two players (based on world ranking). If a country has already qualified two or more players within the top 15, additional athletes are not eligible.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Lexi Thompson (United States), Inbee Park (Korea), Sei Young Kim, (Korea), Stacy Lewis (United States), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) and Gerina Piller (United States).
NBC Olympics Broadcast Team
Play by Play: Terry Gannon / Steve Sands
Analyst: Annika Sorenstam / Karen Stupples
Tower: Tom Abbott / Curt Byrum
On Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill
Interviews: Todd Lewis