Olympics Men's Golf Winner

This isn't an event I thought I'd find myself previewing but with many high profile snubs and withdrawals we have a semi-interesting betting heat. Morikawa gains the jolly tag after his Open victory and should he get into contention will take all the beating given his record thus far towards the end of events. These are odd conditions to be thrust into though and the virus uncertainty and security surrounding the event could throw plenty off their stride and it's not an event I'd like to weigh in heavily towards the top of the market.

Thomas Detry at 66/1

Undoubtedly the best bet in the field for me is Thomas Detry. The Belgian has shown before what he can do when playing for his country when winning the World Cup back in 2018 with Thomas Pieters. Pieters now sits 45 places below Detry in the world rankings, Detry has two runner up finishes in his last 5 starts and yet Pieters is 10 or 15 pts shorter in the market. That for certain is a mistake in the market. The Scottish Open had a stronger field than this Olympics with Min Woo gaining 56 world ranking pts with his win. 50 is available here for a win this week with the strength of field a fair bit lower than what it was for the Scottish. Detry was beaten in a playoff there of course and coupled with the runner up a few starts previous at the BMW he must have a great chance of going well once again.

3pts each-way T.Detry 66/1 (1/5 7)

Thomas Detry - 3pts e/w @ 66/1

Olympics Men's Golf Winner

Carlos Ortiz at 80/1

Mexico have only one Gold medal since the 2008 Olympics and have a strong chance of landing another with Ancer and Ortiz. It is the latter who I prefer though despite not being at his best recently. When winning the Houston Open late last year he held off Dustin and Hideki whilst showing a good nerve. He hasn't hit the heights since but anything in the 60-80/1 range is tempting to me. He has raised his game in Mexico with a runner up finish at the Mayakoba in 2019 and also notched a win on the Korn Ferry Tour in his home country back in 2014. It may not be a home game this week but he is playing for his country as well as himself so I'm prepared to chance an improvement in recent scores.

1pt each-way C.Ortiz 80/1 (1/4 5)

Carlos Ortiz - 1pt e/w @ 80/1

Olympics Men's Golf Winner

Antoine Rozner at 100/1

With wins in Qatar and Dubai it is safe to say Antoine Rozner travels well and given the level he has played to over recent years triple figures is reasonably generous heading to Tokyo. This certainly has the feel of a European Tour event as it travels to these parts more regularly and should Rozner manage an upturn on the greens he may just figure in the shake up once again. He hasn't won in a field anywhere near this strength but he has shown his ability to win and as I said before we can't treat this event as a regular one we'd normally see in the Far East with a few big names coming from the States. I certainly feel it is an event to play a few at bigger odds and Rozner is a likely candidate to take to the conditions.

1pt each-way A.Rozner 100/1 (1/5 6)

Antoine Rozner - 1pt e/w @ 100/1

Olympics Men's Golf Winner

Kalle Samooja at 250/1

The Olympics always tend to over achieve in the entertainment stakes and folk who would normally not be so patriotic find themselves in the throws of national pride. Finland have not had much to shout about in the games recently with only one gold medal in the last 20 years. Kalle Samooja would instantly become a national hero should be oblige in the golf and players like him with something huge to achieve for their country should not be underestimated this week. The Finn already has a win in the Far East winning on the Challenge Tour in China in 2018. His reliable putter has deserted him in recent weeks but if he can manage to turn that around he could go well.

0.75pt each-way K.Samooja 250/1 (1/5 6)

Kalle Samooja - 0.75pts e/w @ 250/1