There will be 60 men and women competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in Rio.

The 2016 Rio Olympics golf events will be certain to generate talking points.

Whether it’s the course and the impact it will have on the game’s growth in Brazil or the number of players competing, opinions won’t be in short supply.

While it’s too early to know for sure who will qualify, we decided to find out exactly how players will go about ensuring their spot in Rio.

The first thing to know is that the format will be stroke play and the traditional 72 holes will be completed to stand a chance of winning gold, silver and bronze.

The men will start on August 11th, with the women commencing on the 17th.

We also know that each field will consist of 60 players. However, making the Games is not as straight forward as simply being in the top 60 of your respective rankings.

Only four players from a country will be allowed to compete, meaning that, as things stand, Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler and Open champion Zach Johnson would not be able to tee it up next August.

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This is the exception to the rule that anyone in the top 15 world rankings can compete. So, in theory, Louis Oosthuizen could make the Games despite being placed five places below Fowler as things stand.

The cut-off point for being in that top 15 is July 11th 2016, so anyone floundering outside the top 100 with dreams of making it to Rio still has time to make the cut.

Due to their host nation status, it has also been confirmed that at least one player from Brazil will be included in the field. There will also be at least one player from every world region present.

If the cut-off was to be made today, the top 10 male players to be competing would be: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Senson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.

Also competing would be Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, Thomas Pieters of Belgium, Adilson da Silva of Brazil and the Philippines’ Antonio Lascuna.

The top 10 female players would be: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Hyo-Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun and Anna Nordqvist.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire, Italy’s Diana Luna and the Czech Republic’s Klara Spilkova would also be included.