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Men's Individual Golf Tournament 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Preview, Picks, Odds, Prediction

2016 Rio Summer Olympics Men's Individual Golf Tournament

August 11, 2016 5:30 a.m.

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TV: Golf Channel, NBC

The Men’s Individual Golf tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m. on August 11 and run through August 14. 

Overview: A total of 60 male golfers from around the world will participate in the event (a 72-hole stroke format), which will be held at the newly-built Olympic Golf Course at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone. Interestingly enough, this is the first time golf has been on the Olympic docket since way back in 1904, when the United States won six of the seven medals (Canadian George Lyon took gold that year as well). 

Men's Individual Golf Tournament 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Preview, Picks, Odds, Prediction

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Notable Participants: Though several of the PGA’s top ranked players bowed out of the Olympics this year due to environmental or scheduling conflicts (most notably the four top male golfers in the world), we’ve still got a host of great players to watch this year. The United States will be sending the foursome of Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed. Sergio Garcia will represent Spain, Justin Rose and Danny Willett will play for Great Britain, Henrik Stenson for Sweden and Martin Kaymer for Germany. A couple of proverbial dark horses for this tournament include Joost Luiten from the Netherlands and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. 

Odds and Picks: Henrik Stenson (+575) is the running favorite to bag the gold this year, and I’m inclined to agree. The 40-year-old Stenson is coming off his first career major title at the Open Championship, and placed seventh at the PGA Championship. Stenson is playing great golf right now. 

Sergio Garcia (+750) stands out as a nice veteran pick, while Justin Rose (+1300), Bubba Watson (+1400) Patrick Reed (+1400) and Rickie Fowler (+1400) are all hovering around the same odds level. 

If you’re looking for more of a long-shot pick, Padraig Harrington and the aforementioned Jhonattan Vegas stand out at the +5000 level, which is where Joost Luiten sits as well.  

Conclusion: I don’t see much reason to get cute here; Stenson should be able to cruise to a gold-medal victory, with Garcia right behind. In that second level, I like Fowler to snag a bronze so the USA won’t get completely shut out.  

 

Complete Odds:

 

•Henrik Stenson +575

•Sergio Garcia +750

•Justin Rose +1300

•Bubba Watson +1400

•Patrick Reed +1400

•Rickie Fowler +1400

•Martin Kaymer +1600

•Matt Kuchar +1600

•Daniel Willett +2200

•Rafael Cabrera-Bello +2500

•Emiliano Grillo +2800

•Byeong Hun-An +4000

•Bernd Wiesberger +5000

•Danny Lee +5000

•David Hearn +5000

•David Lingmerth +5000

•Graham Delaet +5000

•Jhonattan Vegas +5000

•Joost Luiten +5000

•Padraig Harrington +5000

•Soren Kjeldsen +5000

•Thomas Pieters +5000

•Thongchai Jaidee +5000

•Anirban Lahiri +6600

•Gregory Bourdy +6600

•Kiradech Aphibarnrat +6600

•Nicolas Colsaerts +6600

•Cheng Tsung Pan +8000

•Jaco van Zyl +8000

•Matteo Manassero +8000

•Mikko Ilonen +8000

•Scott Hend +8000

•Thorbjorn Olesen +8000

•Fabrizio Zanotti +10000

•Ashun Wu +10000

•Brandon Stone +10000

•Felipe Aguilar +10000

•Jeung-Hun Wang +10000

•Ryan Fox +10000

•Alex Cejka +12500

•Fabian Gomez +12500

•Julien Quesne +12500

•Adilson Da Silva +15000

•Hao Tong Li +15000

•Marcus Fraser +15000

•Nino Bertasio +15000

•Ricardo Gouveia +15000

•Yuta Ikeda +15000

•Espen Kofstad +20000

•Jose-Filipe Lima +20000

•Miguel Tabuena +20000

•Seamus Power +20000

•Shingo Katayama +20000

•Gavin Green +25000

•Roope Kakko +25000

•S S P Chowrasia +25000

•Siddikur Rahman +25000

•Wen Tang Lin +25000

•Danny Chia +30000

•Rodolfo Cazaubon +30000

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Henrik Stenson +575

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