One yr later than anticipated, the Olympic males’s golf competitors takes place, starting Wednesday (6:30 p.m. ET) in Saitama, Japan. The sector of 60 gamers has been shuffled close to the highest as World No. 1 Jon Rahm (Spain) was the occasion favourite at 5/1 however needed to withdraw resulting from a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at.
“Champion Golfer of the Yr” Collin Morikawa, who gained the Open Championship two weeks in the past, is now the favourite at 7/1. Fellow members of Workforce USA Xander Schauffele (9/1) and Justin Thomas (11/1) comply with within the market. World No. 6 Bryson DeChambeau was imagined to be the fourth member of Workforce USA however needed to withdraw resulting from a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at. So “Captain America” Patrick Reed (18/1) takes his spot.
Listed below are some gamers who determine to star on the world stage.
Paul Casey (16/1)
The 44-year-old’s latest feedback have appeared to point how excited he’s to characterize Workforce GB in not solely the Olympic video games, however probably the Ryder Cup later this fall.
When you’re an older participant, the alternatives to take action are fleeting. Casey has been all-around according to this sport having emerged victorious in Dubai earlier this season and posting seven top-10 finishes (together with two in main championships) or higher in 15 begins. The Englishman additionally ranks second on this subject (behind solely Morikawa) for Photographs Gained: Strategy. He additionally putts higher on bentgrass and has a number of of his profession wins in Asia. Casey is 9/2 to medal at BetMGM.
Cameron Smith (22/1)
The Australian has proven his mettle in worldwide competitors, together with on the 2018 World Cup of Golf, the place he completed second with companion and fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, and on the 2019 President’s Cup, defeating Justin Thomas in Sunday singles matches. Smith started his skilled profession on the Asian Tour so he ought to be comfy on this course. He additionally ranks close to the highest of this subject in each Photographs Gained: Placing and Sand Saves. Smith is 7/1 to medal.
Joaquin Niemann (22/1)
Began off the season scorching with back-to-back runners-up in Hawaii after which cooled a bit till a number of weeks in the past on the Rocket Mortgage Basic, the place he went bogey-free for 72 holes. Then, he bogeyed the primary playoff gap to accept one other runner-up end. The Chilean is within the high 10 on this group for SG: Off-The-Tee. As well as, he’s a greater putter on Bentgrass and charges sixth on this group for SG: Placing on bentgrass. Niemann is 13/2 to medal.
Sungjae Im (25/1)
The South Korean performed his first two full skilled seasons on the Japan Golf Tour in 2017, so this occasion is a little bit of a homecoming for him. He has had a little bit of a gradual yr with simply three high 10s in 21 begins, however a T-8 final month on the Rocket Mortgage Basic is encouraging. Plus, he’s a really stable putter on bentgrass as evident by his T-2 on the Masters in 2020. Moreover, the motivation of avoiding having to take two years off for navy service can’t be understated. He noticed what occurred to the promising profession of his compatriot Sang Moon Bae. Im is 8/1 to medal.
Thomas Pieters (66/1)
Charges because the eighth greatest participant on the European Tour SG: Tee-To-Inexperienced and fifth for SG: Off-The-Tee. The Belgian’s method play (69th) has been down this yr, however he did rank third for SG: Strategy on tour final yr. He completed fourth on the Olympics in 2016 when a third-round 77 stored him out of the medals. Pieters is eighteen/1 to win a medal this time.