Although Van Dam (25) does not meet the qualification requirements (placed in the world’s top 100 players on June 28), NOC*NSF has taken into account the fact that the Arnhem woman has been seriously impaired in her qualifying track this year due to COVID-19 measures As a result, Van Damme could not play a number of tournaments on the Women’s European Tour in Europe and get a chance to improve her position in the rankings. The National Oil Corporation*NSF explained: “If it had been able to travel this route unimpeded, the opportunity to meet the requirements of national performance would have been real.” This is why it qualifies for the exception rule.
The Netherlands will not have a representative of men. Joost Luiten was still around in 2016 during the Summer Games in Rio, but the best golfer in the Netherlands doesn’t quite meet the requirement to be there again in Tokyo.
Van Damme, who currently ranks 123rd in the world rankings, will play a limited number of tournaments in the United States on the LPGA Tour this season. In order to defend its position in that round, it also had to cancel early on for the Dutch Open, which will take place at Rosendaelsche Golfclub from June 30 to July 3.
“If I had had a better start to the season in America, I would definitely have come to Holland. But I had to focus on the LPGA to raise the ratings, that is now a priority. It’s a shame because of course I love playing in Holland and definitely Rosendalich,” Van Damme said.
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