The 2020 Olympics are underway a year later and for only the second time golf is part of it, but who is the favorite to take home the gold medal?
Golf and The Olympics isn’t something you really associate. However, in 2016, golf was added to the games for the first time ever. Justin Rose took home the gold medal for Great Britain, with Henrik Stenson (Sweden) getting the silver and Matt Kuchar (USA) picking up bronze. None of the three medal winners though will defend them this year as they didn’t qualify.
To get into the Olympics, the top 15 players from the world rankings qualify, with a max of four from one country. After this, it is the remaining highest ranked players that qualify for any country that doesn’t already have two athletes.
It is a 72 hole competition, like any other golfing tournament, and is taking place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.
It is a controversial subject amongst golfing fans. Many don’t really care for it, even Rory McIlroy who is competing. However, it is fantastic for the game of golf and showcasing it even more around the world. On top of this, some of the biggest names in golf right now are competing so the standard will be very high!
We’ll take a look at a few names, not in order of favorites but players representing different nations.
Men’s Olympics Golf Betting Odds
Collin Morikawa (USA) – 7/1
Coming off the back of a very impressive win at The Open is Colin Morikawa. The American is only 24 years old and already has two majors to his name. If he was able to add an Olympic medal, he could probably retire now a very happy man.
He is the inform man going into this and is the highest-ranked golfer at the Olympic Games, with Rahm and DJ both not there. Being an American, he will be highly motivated to win this competition with the Olympics being huge in his country. Morikawa is also the best iron player in the world and given its a course none of them will be used to, iron play is going to be key.
Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) – 11/1
It would be fantastic for the 2020 Masters winner to get an Olympic gold medal in his home country. He is currently ranked 20th in the world so is more than capable of winning.
Given that it is in Japan has to be an advantage for Matsuyama. He has shown he can compete with the very est and could be one to go under the radar and pick up a gold for Japan.
Rory McIlroy (IRL) – 12/1
Maybe an Olympic gold could be the kickstart Rory needs to get back to his best. He didn’t take part in the 2016 Olympics due to safety concerns but has decided he will this year. Prior to the event, he has admitted that he isn’t that patriotic so isn’t as pumped for it as most. Rory has said he will use his event to work on parts of his game he feels need the most attention.
This though could be exactly what see’s him win gold. With the pressure off from both the press and himself, he may thrive. On his day he is the best golfer at the Olympics and even if he says he’s not bothered, once he is out on the course he will want to win.
Tommy Fleetwood (GBR) – 28/1
One of two players from Great Britain in the men’s competition is Tommy Fleetwood. He has had a tricky year in 2021 with not many good results along the way. However, he has expressed how proud and excited he is to be representing his nation and this could be huge.
Fleetwood is a very good golfer and 28/1 is an interesting price. He has been there for over a week now, practicing at the Kasumigaseki Country Club so will be ready when the action kicks off tonight.
There are a total of 60 golfers competing this summer at the Olympics and PaddyPower has odds on all of them as well as a whole host of other markets to choose from.
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