Rose Zhang advances to Paris Olympic golf qualification position

Rose Zhang on the Rise: Stanford Student Succeeds in LPGA Tour and Olympic Contention

Last year, Rose Zhang was ranked 456th in the world, but now she’s climbing up the ranks with her second LPGA Tour win at the Cognizant Founders Cup. Despite turning pro just last May, Zhang is still taking classes at Stanford. Her success has also put her in contention for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team this summer.

The top 60 players based on their Rolex Rankings after the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will make up the Olympic golf field. The top four Americans in those rankings will automatically qualify for the team if they are also in the top 15 overall. Nelly Korda, currently ranked No. 1, is set to defend her Olympic title. Following her are Lilia Vu, Rose Zhang, and Megan Khang. Zhang managed to climb the rankings despite missing four consecutive LPGA events to focus on her classes at Stanford. If she makes it onto the team, she will be the youngest American golfer to represent her country at the Olympics since 1904.

There are still five more LPGA Tour events before the Olympic cutoff, including two majors, so there may be some changes in rankings as competition heats up. However, with each successful tournament and class completion, Rose Zhang is proving herself as a force to be reckoned with in women’s golf and a strong contender for a place on Team USA for Paris 2024.

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