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Olympic Men's Golf Odds At Tokyo 2020, Betting Tips & Picks

Olympic Men's Golf Odds At Tokyo 2020, Betting Tips & Picks
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The PGA Tour is off this week, but the golf betting action will be in full swing as the world’s best gather for the 2020 Olympic men’s golf competition in Tokyo.

Two heavy hitters have already been forced to withdraw due to positive COVID-19 tests: Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm. However, this is still a very strong field set to take on Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan, about 40 miles outside of central Tokyo.

The Round 1 action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday (remember the 13-hour time difference), with the women’s Olympic golf taking place next week at the same course. This is a standard 72-hole, stroke play tournament with individual gold, silver and bronze medals at stake.

British Open champion Collin Morikawa is the golf odds favorite to take gold at +650 with DraftKings. Xander Schauffele is next at +800 at the same site, while Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland round out the top four on the board at +1100.

Top Olympic Men’s Golf Odds

Player Gold Medal WinnerTop 5Top 10
Collin Morikawa+650+120-220
Xander Schauffele+800+160-170
Justin Thomas+1100+210-110
Viktor Hovland+1100+210-110
Rory McIlroy+1200+230+100
Paul Casey+1200+230+100
Hideki Matsuyama+1200+230+100
Patrick Reed+1600+250+120
Abraham Ancer+2000+300+140
Shane Lowry+2200+400+160

Odds via DraftKings and current as of publication. Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review for more information.

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Olympic Men’s Golf Expert Pick

Patrick Reed Top-5 Finish

Odds: +250 at DraftKings

Reed got the Olympic call on short notice after DeChambeau was forced to withdraw, and he might be a little travel-weary after playing in the 3M Open. We still expect him to make a serious run at a medal.

Reed is eighth on Tour in Strokes Gained total this season and playing for the American flag always brings out the best in the 2018 Masters champion. The Kasumigaseki course has drawn comparisons to Augusta National and Quail Hollow – two courses where Reed has played well over the years. He also has experience playing in Japan with a T-17 at the 2019 ZoZo Championship.

This has a bit of a WGC feel to it with no cut and just 60 players in the field, and Reed has two WGC wins. He might not check all of the statistical boxes this week, but we think there are enough intangibles for Reed to snag a top-5 finish. The odds are good on the DraftKings sports betting app.

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Olympic Men’s Golf Betting Tips

Unlike the brand new course that was built for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Kasumigaseki Country Club has been around since 1929 and recently received an overhaul from designer Tom Fazio. In terms of bunkering, visuals and length, the course has drawn comparisons to Quail Hollow and Augusta National. Like the aforementioned layouts, it’s plenty long at 7,500-plus yards with large fairway bunkers serving as the biggest defense.

We’ll consider course history with those venues, as well as WGC track record due to the similarity of the events. As far as current form, intangibles like motivation and ability to grind in serious heat seem nearly as important. This is reportedly a second-shot course and we’ll rely on Strokes Gained Approach stats more than others when considering our wagers at sportsbooks and betting sites.


Olympic Men’s Golf, Date & TV

When: Wednesday-Saturday, July 28-31

Where: Kasumigaseki Country Club, Japan

TV: Golf Channel (6:30 p.m. ET to 3:30 a.m. ET)

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge

Dan writes about college football and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA Tour for Golfweek in Orlando. He filled several roles in his prior work as sports producer for the Lansing State Journal, where he hosted the Spartan Speak podcast, managed social media accounts, reported on stories and oversaw nightly production on print deadline. Dan also covered college football, basketball and recruiting as the Michigan State beat writer for 247Sports.