Some of the biggest names in golf will compete for Olympic gold at this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The men’s field will feature seven of the Top-20 golfers globally, with No. 3 Collin Morikawa representing the United States and leading the pack with Olympic golf odds of +700 to capture the gold. On the national side, it's Morikawa's Americans who are favored to win gold as Team USA boasts the Top-3 golfers on the odds board after a couple of big names were recently forced to withdraw.
Men’s Olympic golf
The loaded men’s draw has four different nations sending a golfer ranked in the Top 20 globally, giving them great Olympic medal odds. The United States sends three Top-6 golfers in Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Xander Schauffele, as well as Patrick Reed, who is No. 13 on the Official World Golf Ranking. Reed is replacing Bryson DeChambeau, who is out after testing positive for COVID-19.
The pre-tournament favorite, Jon Rahm, also had to withdraw due to another positive test for COVID, which knocked him out of the Memorial in June while he was ahead with a big lead. Losing the No. 1 golfer is obviously a huge blow to Spain, which is down to one player in Adri Arnaus (+11,000).
Ireland (Rory McIlroy), Norway (Viktor Hovland), and Japan (Hideki Matsuyama) all have legitimate chances at taking home the gold as well at the 72-hole tournament at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Men’s golf odds to win gold
|Collin Morikawa||United States||+700|
|Xander Schauffele||United States||+900|
|Justin Thomas||United States||+1,000|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||+1,200|
|Paul Casey||United Kingdom||+1,600|
|Patrick Reed||United States||+1,800|
|Sungjae Im||South Korea||+2,500|
|Tommy Fleetwood||United Kingdom||+2,800|
|Christiaan Bezuidenhout||South Africa||+3,500|
Odds via bet365 as of July 27, 2021
World No. 3 Morikawa leading the pack
With Rahm out, Morikawa is the new favorite to win gold in Tokyo. Morikawa has been on a great stretch and goes into the Olympics fresh off a victory at the British Open. He placed fourth at the U.S. Open before that and was the runner-up at the Memorial.
McIlroy gives Northern Ireland a chance at a medal
The No. 11 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, has six Top-10 finishes in 2021. The tour’s second-longest driver will be playing in his first Olympics as he skipped 2016 in Brazil. McIlroy’s 1.74 putts per hole ranks 159th on the PGA Tour.
US chances for men’s golf medal
The U.S. is sending one of the best four-man teams in golf history. It’s not a matter of if they will win a medal, but how many? Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Xander Shauffele, and Patrick Reed all have a legit chance to win gold at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
DeChambeau is ranked as the No. 6 golfer globally and was the lowest-ranked American on this loaded U.S. golf team before he had to withdraw. Even with Reed at No. 13, the Americans are sending four Top-15 golfers to this event.
Canada’s chances at a medal for Olympic golf
Canada will send a pair of men’s golfers in Corey Conners (+2,500) and Mackenzie Hughes (+6,000). Conners has seven Top-10 finishes this year, with two coming in majors, but he comes in a little cold, failing to make the cut at Torrey Pines back in June and in Scotland on July 9.
Our best bet: Hideki Matsuyama (+1,200)
With such a loaded field, it feels like a major tournament. With the format being familiar to the athletes, the best should shine at the Olympics. But we are suckers for a good storyline, and Hideki Matsuyama (+1,200) is one of the best of the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese golfer is the No. 18 ranked golfer globally and won the Masters back in April. He is one of Japan’s most prominent star athletes, and the focus he brings to Tokyo will likely be sharp.
Women’s Olympic golf odds
South Korea’s Inbee Park is the defending Olympic champion. She captured the gold in Rio in 2016 and comes into Tokyo as the third betting favorite at +1,000. Who is the favorite? That would be American Nelly Korda, who has the best Olympic betting odds at +700. South Koreans Jin Young Ko (+900), Sei Young Kim (+1,200), and Hyo Joo Kim (+1,200) round out the Top 5.
Women’s golf odds to win gold
|Nelly Korda||United States||+700|
|Jin Young Ko||South Korea||+900|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||+1,000|
|Sei Young Kim||South Korea||+1,200|
|Hyo Joo Kim||South Korea||+1,200|
|Danielle Kang||United States||+1,400|
|Lydia Ko||New Zealand||+1,800|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||+2,200|
|Jessica Korda||United States||+3,000|
Odds via bet365 as of July 27, 2021
Rio winner Park not the favorite at Tokyo
Inbee Park is the third favorite to capture the women’s Olympic gold in golf this summer, despite crushing the Olympic field in 2016 en route to capturing the gold. She beat the field by five strokes and shot a 66-66-70-66 for a -16.
However, Park hasn’t seen the No. 1 ranking since 2018 and has won just two LPGA events over the last three years. She finished 40th in the recent LPGA Women’s Championship.
US chances for women’s golf medal
Nelly Korda leads the American team as she comes into Tokyo with the highest odds to capture the gold this summer. Corda leads the LPGA in 2021 in scoring with a 68.86 average and won the women’s PGA Championship in late June. She is the No. 1-ranked woman golfer globally and has three wins already this year.
Canada’s chances at a medal for women’s golf
Brooke Henderson will be Canada’s best hope for a golf medal in Tokyo. Henderson finished tied for seventh in Rio in 2016 and has four Top-10 finishes this year, including one win. She comes into the Summer Olympics within the Top 20 on the odds board (+2,500) to capture the gold.
Our best bet: Nelly Korda (+700)
The women’s Olympic golf odds are offering plenty of value at the top of the board. It’s tough to pass on the No.1 female player in the world at +700. Nelly Korda comes into Tokyo having won the most recent LPGA major tournament and the tournament before that. The form and the talent are all there for a winner with this much value.
Olympic golf tournament format
Olympic golf is one of the more familiar formats in Tokyo. Both the men’s and women’s sides will play a 72-hole four-day tournament with the player with the lowest score winning gold. Each side will have a draw of 60 players, and players will play in groups of three. The East course at Kasumigaseki Country Club hosts this Olympic tournament.
Expect hot and humid weather as early August is typically the hottest time of the year in Tokyo.
How to bet on the Olympic golf
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Where to bet on Olympics golf
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Olympic golf FAQs
Who will win Olympic gold in women’s golf?
South Korea’s Inbee Park won gold in 2016 and is a big contender for Tokyo 2020.
Who will win Olympic gold in men’s golf?
John Rahm has the best odds to win the Olympic gold in golf at the Tokyo Olympics. He is the world’s No. 2 player and is on top of his game.