2016 Men's Olympic Golf Betting Preview

The Olympics Golf has been the bane of golf schedulers' lives this year but it promises to be a fascinating event as the sport is part of the games for the first time since 1904. Six of the world's top-ten players are absent but there is still a 60-strong field in attendance for what will be a traditional 72-hole stroke play event...

11th August - 14th August Odds Won/Lost Bet

Olympic Men's Golf
Rickie Fowler (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 16 / 1  
Thongchai Jaidee (each way) @ 60 / 1  

The Leaders

The 7,128 yard course has been specifically designed for these Olympic Games and the par-71 has a links-style feel to it, which could suit bookmakers' favourite Henrik Stenson (11/2 with Bet Victor). The Open Championship winner has been in electric form of late but the way he ran out of steam when in contention for the US PGA Championship ensures that he looks extremely short at the prices.

Sergio Garcia (9/1) will be looking on enviously at Stenson's maiden major win as the Spaniard again flopped when seemingly in prime form. Garcia followed his win at the Byron Nelson in May with three successive top-fives worldwide, only to miss the cut at the US PGA last time out. There is no doubt that Garcia loves representing his country but could the mental deficiencies that have denied him a major rear their head in his quest for gold?

Meanwhile, Justin Rose arrived early in Brazil to prepare for this tournament but his recent back problems are something of a worry and he is a 12/1 shot at this stage.

Team USA

The Americans have a four-strong team in Rio but we are happy to rule two of them out. Bubba Watson (16/1) opted to stay in the USA for his Travelers defence last week, eventually finishing T25, which perhaps gives an idea of how seriously he is taking this trip to Brazil, while Matt Kuchar (22/1), who tied 17th at the Travelers, thought that this tournament involved a team format until recently! 

Their teammates make far greater appeal as Patrick Reed (16/1) has ten top-fifteens to his name in stroke play tournaments this year, although it is Rickie Fowler who heads our shortlist at 16/1.

Fowler has endured a difficult second-half of the year but we wonder if the Olympics could have a similar effect on his career to that of Andy Murray in the tennis. Murray had long been wondering if he would ever win a major but gold at London 2012 opened the floodgates for him and we are backing Rio to push Fowler on to bigger and better things.

He has spent too long in the shadow of Jordan Spieth and co. and full credit to him for embracing the Olympics by arriving here early for a practice round on Sunday (as he would for a major), while it is worth noting that he is staying in the Olympic Village. He has thrown himself into this tournament and we fancy the 2015 Scottish Open winner could enjoy this 'linksy' track in Rio.

Fowler has picked up three top-fifteens at the Open Championship over the years and we are backing him to get back to the sort of form that saw him win in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.
Tip #1: Rickie Fowler (each way) @ 16/1 with Bet Victor.

The Outside Bet

Finally, Thongchai Jaidee won the Open de France recently and we fancy the Thai star to really enjoy the conditions in Brazil. Jaidee, who tied 22nd at the Open Championship last month, should relish the exposed links track and he looks to be a great bet (60/1 with Coral) in this small field.
Tip #2: Thongchai Jaidee (each way) @ 60/1 with Coral.

2016 Men's Olympic Golf Odds