Men's Olympic Golf Preview

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Updated Tuesday 9th August 2016, 03:14 PM


Golf hasn’t been an Olympic sport since 1904, but this year it is back and the Men’s Olympic Golf tournament will take place on a purpose-built course in Rio de Janeiro. The tournament will be played much like any other, over four days (Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August) and 72 holes.

A total of 60 players will take part in the Men’s Olympic Golf tournament, and should any of them be tied for one of the first three places, the medal winners will be determined by a three-hole playoff.

How the Bookies See It

  • Winner: Henrik Stenson 11/2, Sergio Garcia 7/1, Justin Rose 12/1, Bubba Watson 14/1 – Ladbrokes
  • Gold Medal Winning Nation: United States 11/4, Sweden 9/2, Spain 11/2, Great Britain 8/1 – Paddy Power

Form

  • Henrik Stenson (Sweden) comes here on the back of a T7 finish in the US PGA Championship, and that followed his win by three strokes in the Open Championship in mid-July. He withdrew from the US Open and in the Masters he tied in 24th place. 
  • Sergio Garcia (Spain) has yet to win a major, and he failed to make the cut in the US PGA. Prior to that, he achieved T5 finishes in both the US Open and in the Open Championship, and he tied for 34th place in the Masters.
  • Justin Rose (Great Britain) has one major win to his credit, and that was achieved in the US Open in 2013. He had a T10 finish in the Masters, then failed to make the cut in the US Open. He was tied for 22nd place in both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
  • Bubba Watson (USA) has won the Masters twice (in 2012 and 2014) but his form in majors this year hasn’t been impressive, and he has failed to achieve a top 30 finish in any of them.

Sports.net’s View

Successfully picking the winner of any golf tournament is a huge task which requires a large slice of luck as well as the hope that players will perform to the best of their ability. That being said, selecting the winner of the first Olympic Golf tournament in more than a century is even more difficult, because it clearly isn’t something that any of the players will be able to have another shot at next year. Players will therefore be keen to make the most of this opportunity, and we could see them demonstrating a sudden return to their best form as they rise to the occasion.

Of the four players highlighted, Henrik Stenson is the one we have most confidence about, thanks to superior recent form and an Open Championship victory fresh in his memory, so we will side with him, albeit cautiously.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: An each-way bet on Henrik Stenson to win the tournament – 11/2 at Ladbrokes

 

 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 03:14:26+00:00
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