The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will kick off on Friday, July 23, and conclude on Sunday, August 8. There will be a record 33 competitions and 339 events held across 43 venues. Although there will be plenty of sporting events to follow, golf fans will be most excited about the 2020 Olympics Golf tournament, which will kick off on July 30.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf will feature two events for men and women. Both will be held at the East Course of the renowned Kasumigaseki Country Club, which opened its doors in October 1929.
Today, we bring you a 2020 Tokyo Olympics preview for men’s events, where we look at key storylines and things to look out for. Here is our early Olympics golf preview, where we take a look at everything you need to know before you start placing bets on Golf Betting odds. Let’s get right to it so you can continue planning your bets against MyBookie’s Olympics odds.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf Betting Analysis – Men
2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf – Men
- When: Jul 29 – Aug 1
- Where: Kasumigaseki Country Club, Tokyo, Japan
Olympics not Viewed as an Important Event
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will welcome some of the best golfers in the world who will compete for the prestigious gold medal. The word that you should pay attention to is “some” since the Olympic golf competition is not too appealing to several of the top players who qualified for the event but decided to rather stay at home.
Even though winning an Olympic Gold medal is the highest honor for many athletes, the same can’t be said for golfers, who view the Olympics just as another trip across the globe – of which they make several throughout the season.
Then there’s also a lack of interest in winning the Olympic medal, which is widely regarded as less important than a Masters green jacket or the British Open Claret Jug. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some of the world’s top golfers won’t be traveling to Tokyo.
A list of prominent names that decided to skip the 2020 Olympics includes Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, as well as Tyrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Lee Westwood.
That, however, doesn’t mean that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won’t feature a competitive field with star names. Several top golfers view the Olympics as something special, and those wouldn’t want to miss competing at the international sporting event.
Filling in the gaps of missing players are world no.1 John Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, and Xander Schauffele, to name a few.
Big Names Heading to Tokyo
Although several world-class golfers decided against traveling to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics, many top players will be in attendance at Kasumigaseki Country Club. That includes the current world no.1 John Rahm and his compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello, who replaced Sergio Garcia.
Looking over at the U.S. lineup, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, and Xander Schauffele are all slated to attend, forming a terrifying lineup. Joining them are Corey Conners, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Paul Casey, Viktor Hovland, and Rory McIlroy, to name a few.
Although the Summer Olympics won’t lack star names, a few names that would have otherwise traveled to Tokyo weren’t able to. That is due to the rule that states that each country is limited to a maximum of four Olympians.
Because of it, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson won’t compete even though they’re both ranked inside the top-15 in the world.
Can Hideki Matsuyama Impress?
All the eyes during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be on the Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama. He enters the Olympics as one of the main favorites to win gold, which makes a lot of sense.
He became the first Japanese to win the Masters, which marked a massive achievement for him and the nation, with the greatest golf heritage out of all Asian countries.
Unlike many other golfers heading to Tokyo, Matsuyama has expressed how important winning the gold medal would be for him in his home country. And it’s hard to undervalue the golfers’ motivation to not only compete but give that extra to come out ahead.
What’s more, Matsuyama has already won on this course. He claimed gold at the 2010 Asia-Pacific Amateur when he was only 18-years-old of age.
If we draw a line, Matsuyama checks all the marks for a potential winner. Although beating the tough field definitely won’t come easy, no one should be surprised to see Matsuyama with a gold medal around his neck.