- Second consecutive games that golf has been included at the Olympics
- Collin Morikawa among leading contenders after winning two majors this season
- Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau among other players involved
The Olympics is not typically an event that you would associate with golf, but the sport has been competed at the huge occasion on three occasions in the past. Following on from a dramatic Open Championship in England this past weekend, players will now be setting their sights on the gold medal in Tokyo this summer.
Olympic Golf Schedule
- When: 29th July-1st August
- Where: Kasumigaseki Country Club
- How To Watch: NBC
Men’s Olympic Golf Vegas Odds
Men’s Olympic Golf Preview
Previous Olympic Champions
This summer’s Olympics will be the fourth time that golf has been played at the Games. The first time came in 1900, as Charles Sands won the gold medal. Walter Rutherford was the silver medallist and David Robertson on the bronze. George Lyon won the gold medal at the 1904 Games, with Chandler Egan winning silver.
Burt McKinnie and Francis Newton shared the bronze. Golf wasn’t included in the Olympic program again until the Rio games five years ago. Team GB’s Justin Rose won the gold in 2016, while Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar won silver and bronze, respectively.
Leading Contenders In Tokyo
Collin Morikawa certainly looks to be the leading American player in contention in the golf event this year. It has been an excellent couple of years for the 24-year-old, and he recently won the second major of his career at Royal St George’s.
His victory in The Open means that he has now won two majors in his young career, with his first victory coming in the PGA Championship last year. He is a dynamic golfer that looks comfortable on most courses, and that bolds well for his chances in Japan.
The world number one is almost among the leading contenders to win the gold medal in Tokyo. Jon Rahm’s challenge for the Open came a little late in the day, as he finished with a score of 269 to finish eleven under par. That score saw him finish in a tie for third. However, he has already go off the mark for majors this season, as he won the US Open earlier in the season. The Spanish star has made the cut in 18 of the 19 events that he has played this season, and has finished in the top ten on twelve occasions.
The romantic pick for the gold at the summer games would certainly be Hideki Matsuyama. The 29-year-old will be competing at his home Olympics in Japan, and he comes into the event with a fighting chance.
He has won 15 professional events during his career, which includes eight wins on the Japan Golf Tour. His best performance to date came in the Masters this year, as he won the 2021 renewal of the event by one shot from Will Zalatoris.
Men’s Olympic Golf Pick & Prediction
Who will win the Olympic gold medal:
Olympic gold is typically a wide-open event, but we would be willing to take a chance on Collin Morikawa. His star continues to rise this year, and an Olympic gold would set him up perfectly for a busy end to the year, which includes the Ryder Cup with Team USA.
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