The world’s best golfers head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in search of a gold medal.
Heading the field is Spain’s Jon Rahm, who has been in scintillating form this season and he’s the only golfer at single figure odds to win.
Team USA has a strong showing with recent Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas.
Action starts next Thursday and it should be an exciting four days of golf.
Men’s Golf Predictions
Olympic Golf Top Pick – Jon Rahm
It’s tough to overlook how well Jon Rahm has been playing this season and there is reason why he’s the best-backed golfer to take home gold.
The Spaniard comes off another fine performance at The Open Championship when finishing T3, which followed up his outstanding win at the U.S. Open.
He should have won The Memorial the week prior after pulling out with a six-shot lead in the final round. Rahm is the hottest golfer on the planet and his maturity has improved significantly.
Rahm used to be a fiery player, but since the birth of his son, he has matured. It’s good to see, but not for his opposition.
He has become a dominant force in golf and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his number one ranking back from Dustin Johnson.
We’re happy enough to take the $6. It’s about as short as we would take for a golf tournament, but it’s a limited field and he rarely puts in a bad performance, so punters get a good sight.
Bet: Jon Rahm @ $6
Olympic Golf Next Best – Collin Morikawa
The professionalism of the 24-year-old is incredible and Collin Morikawa comes off a superb victory at The Open Championship.
He is already a two-time major winner and he hasn’t been a pro for very long. There are already comparisons with Tiger Woods, which isn’t entirely fair, but he looks to have a bright future.
He began his career with 22 made cuts, which is second behind Woods and winning two majors before the age of 25 is outstanding. Morikawa already has the same number of majors as Dustin Johnson, who is the best golfer since Woods retired.
The sky is the limit for the young American and his odds have been trimmed to win Olympic gold. He was paying $14 last week but those odds have been shortened into $11.
Playing two weeks after winning such a big tournament is never easy, but having a Japanese parent should give him motivation to win in Tokyo.
Bet: Collin Morikawa @ $11
Olympic Golf Best Value – Hideki Matsuyama
Having fans on the course would have helped 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, but we shouldn’t be ruled out.
He hasn’t played since finished T17 at the U.S Open due to Covid 19 protocols, but the Japanese superstar has class on his side and we think he represents value in betting markets for the gold medal.
He is used to conditions in Japan and he saves his best golf for the big tournaments, so the occasion won’t get the better of him.
Punters get $15 for Matsuyama and those odds could firm throughout the week.
Bet: Hideki Matsuyama @ $11
Olympic Golf Best Longshot – Alex Noren
Sweden won the silver medal at the 2016 with Henrik Stenson and countryman Alex Noren could get it done in Tokyo.
The 39-year-old missed the cut at The Open, but he’s capable of turning his form around and giving the $101 odds a run for their money.
He finished T4 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic earlier this month and anything close to that form would be good enough to compete for the gold.
He is Sweden’s top player and we don’t think he should be paying $101, so take the value available and hope he gets off to a good start in Round 1.
Bet: Alex Noren @ $101
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.