Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 5-1 odds
“I’m not afraid of mosquitos. I’m more afraid of bears.” Luckily for Henrik Stenson, the spectacled bear (the only indigenous bear in South America) is not known to attack humans. So realistically, Stenson should be more cautious about the brand new course that he, nor his Tour counterparts have played yet. Since Stenson is at a career high, why not take a shot on the bullish 40 year-old?
In his last two tournaments Stenson has won The Open and tied for 7th at the PGA Championship. His next goal is bringing back home a medal to Sweden. Given the timing and stats, Stenson is well aware that this year’s Olympics may be his best chance do just that.
Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 25-1 odds
Emiliano Grillo is having 'the' breakout season on the PGA Tour and is already a winner having taken home the Frys.com Open. He is no doubt, the in-form player heading into the Olympics. Plus as a South American native, he will have the home crowd on his side. Grillo played with Jason Day on PGA Championship Sunday and unlike many other golfers, who crumble in the final round, Grillo put together an under par round.
In a year of first time Major winners, I believe that Grillo will be the first time Olympic winner!
Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7-1 odds
Sergio has been arguably the most out-spoken candidate in favor of golf in the Olympics and I am backing him to channel this positivity into medals. Last month he tweeted; “I know there are some dangers but representing Spain, trying to make golf grow and becoming an Olympian are too important so I’ll be at the Olympics.” Before the PGA Championship, Garcia’s last three tournaments were T-5th at the US Open, T-5th at The Open and a win at the Byron Nelson. Granted, he has not proven himself on the Major Championship stage, however this burden will be lifted by playing for medals in Rio.
Patrick Reed (USA) 18-1 odds
There isn’t a player in the world more excited that golf is back in the Olympics than Patrick Reed. He is fiery, controversial and ready for his moment. Patrick is no stranger to international competition, having played in two Ryder Cups. He could bring a much needed spark that the US team need.
While the other top Americans were looking for ways to dropout, Patrick was waiting for his opportunity. "Just thinking about having a gold medal means a lot. I think the biggest thing is I get to represent my country again. I get to wear the red, white and blue. Any time I get to wear those colors, it’s a huge day”.
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