Will The Open Be Won By a Golfer Not Going to Rio 2016?

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 12:15 PM

As the world’s top golfers battle it out to become the winner of The Open 2016, not all of the protagonists will be moving on to Rio de Janeiro next month to take part in the Olympics. Many of the big names have opted to skip the event in Brazil, which will be the first time golf has appeared at the Olympics since 1904, and cited fears of the Zika virus as their primary reason for withdrawal.

It is quite possible that the winner of The Open will therefore be one of those players who has dropped out of Rio 2016, but which of the leading contenders for victory at Royal Troon will also be going for gold at the Olympics?

Who’s Not Going to Rio?

The top four players in the world have all pulled out of the Olympics but are the favourites for success at The Open. Dustin Johnson is ranked second, but is the man considered most likely to win The Open at 17/2 after triumphing at the most recent major, the US Open, last month. World No.1 Jason Day (8/1) and Jordan Spieth (10/1) have also dropped out of Olympic contention over Zika virus concerns.

Rory McIlroy, who can also be backed at 11/1, has hardly helped golf’s chances of remaining a long-term Olympic sport by suggesting that his focus has always been on trying to win golf’s traditional major tournaments, while he will ‘watch the stuff that matters’ in Brazil and not necessarily the golf. Adam Scott, the world No.8 but fifth favourite for The Open at 20/1, has also turned down the chance to represent Australia at the Olympics.

Who’s Going to Rio?

Only four of the world’s top ten are set to feature at the Olympics, including No.5 Bubba Watson. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, a 30/1 shot for Open glory, will also take part, along with American Rickie Fowler, who can be backed at 35/1.

Sergio Garcia has said that he is happy to represent Spain in Rio and might be worth a punt at 25/1 to win The Open. Masters champion Danny Willett and Justin Rose have been selected by Team GB and are outside contenders to prevail at The Open at odds of 50/1 and 30/1 respectively.

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:15:01+00:00
Published By Sports.net

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