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Will Wie's U.S. Open win impact her Olympic status?


Michelle Wie poses with the U.S. Women's Open trophy.

Michelle Wie moved to seventh in the Rolex world rankings after winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2. If the 2016 Olympic teams were determined now, Wie would be on the U.S. team.

But as FoxSports.com pointed out, Wie's U.S. Open win will actually not factor in on her ability to make the team that will compete at Rio de Janeiro.

A total of 60 women's players will be in the Olympic field (the same number for the men's field). All players ranked inside the top 15 will be eligible -- up to four per country.

In terms of American players, Wie is now behind No. 1 Stacy Lewis and No. 5 Lexi Thompson. That would make her eligible. Cristie Kerr, ranked No. 11 in the world, would also be eligible.

But the Rolex Rankings evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period. Since the fields for the 2016 Olympic Games aren't determined until July 11, 2016, Wei's win at Pinehurst would not fall within the two-year window.

Thus, no players are guaranteed a spot right now.

However, Wie certainly is trending up after winning her first major and there's every reason to think she will continue to improve in the next two years.

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