ANGELO Que and Tony Lascuna look to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Olympics, while other local hopefuls get a better chance to catch up as they see action on home soil in the Resorts World Manila Masters in November.
Que and Lascuna are currently in the magic 60, which means they would qualify for the Rio Games if the tournament was held now.
In the women’s side, LPGA Tour player Jennifer Rosales is also on track for an Olympic berth although also dangerously near the cut line at 57.
The Olympic field will be based on the World Golf Rankings and limited to four golfers per country, which gives other nations a better chance of participating in the Olympic comeback of the sport.
Que, thrice a winner on the Asian Tour, is running 50th in the Olympic ranking.
Lascuna, top money earner on the Philippine Golf Tour three years running, is at 56th.
It is still a long way to go, however, in the qualification with the cutoff set on July 11 of next year.
That means Que, Lascuna and other Olympic hopefuls in Asia need to play more and play consistently in the Asian Tour and other tournaments offering world ranking points to stay on track for Rio.
According to the International Golf Federation, the top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country.
Players outside the top 15 will be eligible based on the official world golf rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.