The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Men’s Golf Competition is in the books while the best women golfers in the world tee off on Tuesday in their quest for a gold medal in the Olympic Women’s Golf Competition. Check out a recap of what happened on the men’s side before we turn our attention to this week’s Olympic Women’s Golf Tournament. Let’s jump right into action so you can get ready to bet against their Olympics Betting odds.
Olympics Golf Weekly Rundown – Men’s Tournament Winner and Women’s Tournament Preview
Olympic Men’s Golf Competition
- When: July 28 – August 1
Xander Schauffele wins gold
American Xander Schauffele is one of the best golfers on the PGA Tour. He proved it again by winning the gold medal in the men’s competition. Although Schauffele wasn’t the chalk, he was second choice.
Heading into the competition, golf handicappers could have backed Schauffele at +900. The Open Championship winner, Colin Morikawa, offered +700 odds.
Heading into the final round, Morikawa had a shot. He finished at -15, three strokes off Schauffele’s -18. Also finishing fourth? Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, and Hideki Matsuyama.
Schauffele grabbed the lead in the second round when he shot a ridiculous 63. Xander didn’t shoot worse than 68 in any of the four rounds.
The silver went to Rory Sabbatini while Taiwanese golfer C.T. Pan grabbed Bronze. Pan shot a first-round 74. If not for that, he may have won the gold medal because he shot a 66, 66, and then blasted a 63 in the final round.
Olympic Women’s Golf Competition
- When: August 3 – August 7
Olympic Women’s Golf Competition – Top 10 Choices Based on Odds
- Nelly Korda +650
- Jin Young Ko +850
- Inbee Park +1000
- Sei Young Kim +1200
- Danielle Kang +1400
- Ariya Jutanugarn +1400
- Hyo Joo Kim +1400
- Lydia Ko +1600
- Brooke Henderson +1800
- Patty Tavatanakit +1800
U.S. and South Korea each sending 4 to Olympic Women’s Golf Tournament
With the men’s golf tournament in the books, we can turn our attention to the women’s tournament. Right now, the smart money is on either an American or South Korean taking gold.
The United States and the Republic of Korea both have 4 golfers in the tournament. The South Korean contingent includes Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park, Hyo-Joo Kim, and Sei Young Kim.
The Korda sisters, Jessica and Nelly, spearhead the four-woman American squad. Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson will also tee off for the red, white, and blue.
Can Inbee Park repeat her fantastic 2016 Rio Olympics performance?
Although Nelly Korda is the chalk, come this Tuesday, all eyes will be on Inbee Park. In 2016, Park shot a -16 in Rio to take Olympic gold.
Park’s performance remains a record. Park finished twelfth at the Amundi Evian Championship in her last. Inbee’s problem was a lack of consistency. She shot a 71 first round, 64 second round, 71 third round, and 68 fourth round.
If Park hopes to repeat her Olympic gold performance, she must be consistent from Tuesday to the final round.
Second choice Jin Young Ko must bounce back from her Amundi Championship performance
Many South Koreans are resting their gold hopes on second choice Jin Young Ko. The 26-year-old has 6 Top 10 finishes in 10 LPGA tournaments played since February. But if Ko hopes to medal this week, she must shoot much better than she did at the Amundi Evian.
Ko finished at +2. She played well in 3-of-4 rounds. But the 76 in round three ended her Amundi chances. If Ko isn’t consistent, or misreads shots, she could end up finishing in the bottom half of the field.
American chalk Nelly Korda brings hot sticks into the competition. Is Korda an overlay or underlay?
Olympic Tournament favorite Nelly Korda finished a respectable nineteenth at the Amundi Evian Championship. If not for a 74 Round 1, Korda may have won her third straight.
Nelly shot a 67-69-67 to finish things off. Those who like Korda to take gold, should feel confident. Before the Amundi Evian, Korda won both the Meijer LPGA Classic and the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship.
The main question for Nelly, and the rest of the Americans, is how the time change will affect their swing. If it has no affect at all, Korda should be in the final group in the final round, which means even though she doesn’t offer overlay odds, she’s also not an underlay. The odds on the chalk are fair.
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