Golfer Juvic Pagunsan secures berth for Tokyo Olympics


Posted at Jun 22 2021 02:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 23 2021 04:32 AM

Asian Tour professional golfer Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines booked a ticket to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, after landing in the top 60 in the Olympic rankings. 

The Asian Tour confirmed Pagunsan’s inclusion on Tuesday, the same day the International Golf Federation, the sport’s world governing body, released the list.


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Pagunsan, 43, the Mizuno Open champion, is the 13th Filipino to qualify for next month’s Games.

His countrymen who have earned tickets to Japan include: Kurt Barbosa (taekwondo); Margielyn Didal (skateboarding); Cris Nievarez (rowing); EJ Obiena (pole vault); Jayson Valdez (shooting) Carlos Yulo (gymnastics); Erleen Ando and Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting); and Irish Magno, Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio (boxing). 

According to the IGF, the top 15 world-ranked players are through to the Olympics but with a limit of only 4 players from one country. 

For instance, there are 10 Americans in the top 15, but only the top 4 will be in. 

With Dustin Johnson withdrawing, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau qualify. 

Outside the top 15, the world rankings will further determine whether a player qualifies, “with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.”

Factoring in the multiple players representing one country, the rankings went as deep as the 340th ranked player — India’s Anirban Lahiri — to fill the 60 slots. 

Pagunsan is at No. 216. 

Golfers Yuka Saso, who recently won the US Women's Open title, and Bianca Pagdanganan are expected to clinch an Olympic berth when the women's rankings are published next week.

Pagunsan has won a total of 11 golf tournaments. 

Most recently, he topped the 2021 Gateway to the Open Mizuno on the Japan Golf Tour last May.


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