2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf Preview

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The Tokyo Olympics Golf tournament will not feature all the world’s top golfers but should still be a fun tournament. With all three medalists from 2016 (Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar) not participating and top golfers Jon Rahm (the 2021 U.S. Open winner) and Bryson DeChambeau not in Tokyo due to positive COVID-19 tests.

This will be the second golf tournament at the Olympics in the modern era. There are 60 players who qualified for the competition with a maximum of four golfers per country allowed. The tournament will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, Japan—about 35 miles east of Tokyo. The format follows a typical PGA Tour event where the best cumulative score after four rounds (72 holes) is the winner. The only major difference between this and a pro golf event is that there is no cut after the second round.

Among the favorites will be Japan’s own Hideki Matsuyama, who became the first Japanese-born major winner earlier this year when he won the Masters, and he won the 2010 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki.

Collin Morikawa, who took home his second major two weeks ago at The Open Championship, will be representing the United States as one of the favorites.

There is no prize money here, but there is more at stake than medals and national pride. The event does offer World Golf Ranking points and is also considered an official event on the European Tour, so the winner could get full status on that tour if he so desires, and the gold medalist will also get an exemption into the four majors next year.

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Other big names here include Justin Thomas, who has two wins on the PGA Tour this season and has historically played well in Asia, and Patrick Reed, who has three wins on Tour but was a late replacement for DeChambeau, so he didn’t arrive in Japan until Wednesday and wasn’t able to take part in a practice round. Reed, however, has a good history of representing the USA in the Ryder Cup, so his international game is strong.

Thomas, Morikawa, and fellow American Xander Schauffele are the only three of the world’s top 10 players taking part in the Olympic tournament, which may lead to an upset gold-medal winner come Sunday.

Sungjae Im and Si Woo also have unique motivations to medal in the tournament; the South Koreans can avoid mandatory military service to their country if they can win an Olympic medal.

The event begins live from Japan at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday and wraps up with the final round beginning at the same time on Saturday. The women’s tournament takes place on the same course next weekend.

Here are the betting golf odds from JazzSports going into the first round of competition.

Collin Morikawa+500
Justin Thomas+850
Xander Schauffele+1000
Rory McIlroy+1100
Hideki Matsuyama+1100
Victor Hovland+1100
Paul Casey+1500
Patrick Reed+1800
Shane Lowry+2000
Joaquin Niemann+2000

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