2016 Olympic Games Golf Betting Preview And Tips

Martin Kaymer at 14/1 fits the bill to win Gold at the 2016 Olympic Games Golf Event.

Despite all its high profile withdrawals, this week’s Olympic Golf Tournament field is stacked with talent and all credit must go to household names like Henrik, Bubba, Rickie, Sergio, Justin and co who have seen past the ridiculous rumours and scare mongering to come and compete in Rio.

The bookies are taking no chances with the odds on this unknown par 71, purposely built short by Gil Hanse (it will play approx 7,100 yards) and on a hardpan sand base.  The course is reliant on wind to provide a challenge and judging by what we’ve seen in the rowing events in recent days, that’s almost guaranteed.

If You Are Betting “Win Only” Bet On….

Martin Kaymer 14/1

Craig Connelly going for Gold for Scotland via Germany.

If you’re after somebody who embodies the Olympic spirit look no further than Martin Kaymer.  Every time I’ve heard him speak about The Games it has been with a passion you rarely hear from a professional golfer; you really believe a win here would be the pinnacle of his career.  That “W” has to be coming soon after a super Summer which includes a T5 at the K Club, T7 in Wentworth, T5 in Paris, T13 in Aberdeen and perhaps most impressive off all was a T7 at Baltusrol where he also finished with a season’s best T4 in the putting stats.  The best bet of the favourites.

Top Five Each Way Bets At The 2016 Olympic Games Golf Event

Rafa Cabrera Bello 28/1

Rafa has had a few close shaves this season.
His countryman Sergio will be deflecting much of the attention this week (and you can make an excellent case for him) but I think an Olympic medal is well within the reach of Rafa Cabrera Bello.  Has drifted out in the betting to 28/1 after indifferent performances at Troon and Baltusrol but I’m drawing more from a solo fourth in France among nine top-20 finishes all around the world for the Spaniard in 2016.  I’m hoping so will he!

Emiliano Grillo 30/1

Grillo. Paramor frightened him out of Europe.
An Argentinian performing well in Brazilian conditions, you can see how it makes sense.  An Argentinian who is a Tour winner this season and has gone T11 at Memorial, T14 at Firestone, T12 at Troon and T13 at Baltusrol, you can definitely see how it makes sense!

Soren Kjeldsen 50/1

Soren. Always looks like a golfing Formula 1 driver.

A recent best of T9 at the Open Championship was followed by disappointing outings at the PGA Championship and the Travelers last week but everything tells me the course in Rio should be right up Soren’s alley.  Whenever I note wind + sand + short on my pad it always = Soren!

Thongchai Jaidee 60/1

Thongchai Jaidee. Two 81's last week mean a win is coming!
Seasoned punters will know that recent form is a key indicator when placing a bet with the one notable exception: Thongchai Jaidee.  He may miss five cuts in a row, then fancy a course and win big!  Had a mare last week on the PGA Tour with a pair of 81’s at the Travelers but I’m not giving up hope of a big performance in Rio.  The French Open winner from July, on his day, is a terrific iron player and putter; perfect for this Gil Hanse design.

Alex Cejka 100/1

Alex Cejka. Still going strong aged 134.

What a story this would be.  The grizzled old German pro that moved from Europe to the PGA Tour, where he still grinds away aged 45, wins gold in Rio!  It may sound far fetched but Alex is in great form of late with a T5 and Canada and T11 at the Travelers in Connecticut where he closed with a 65.  Can feed off Kaymer’s enthusiasm.
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