2020 Olympics Fantasy Golf Preview

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2020 Olympics Fantasy Golf Preview

Missed Cuts & Missed Opportunities Last Week

3M should stand for three missed cuts as that’s what happened to us this week. Unfortunately, we couldn’t follow up on the heights of our picks at The Open last week.

The weekend started poorly as only two of our five choices managed to make the cut as MacIntyre, Johnson, and Lebioda (WD) all failed to progress. However, by the end of Saturday, things appeared to be picking up as Cameron Tringale led the tournament after the third round, and hopes of back-to-back winners felt a strong possibility.

That hope lasted right up until the back nine of the final round when Tringale posted a treble bogey six on a par three hole, putting an end to his championship aspirations. Our other player who made it to the weekend was yet another Cameron, this time in the form of the Australian Cameron Percy. He finished with a solid minus four on the last day to take a share of 34th place.

This week we are stepping away from the PGA Tour and head to Japan for the delayed 2020 Olympics.

The History of Golf at The Olympics

Over a century apart, two events have each played a crucial role in establishing golf’s Olympic credentials. Golf was added to the list of sports to be featured on the schedule for the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris on May 27, 1899, by the Organizing Committee for the 1900 Games. Forward 109 years to October 9, 2009, in Copenhagen. Golf was officially reintroduced to the Summer Olympics at the 121st IOC Session in the lovely Danish city of Copenhagen, first for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.

Charles Sands of the United States won the first golf tournament in 1900 with scores of 82 and 85. Walter Rutherford of the United Kingdom won the silver medal, while David Robertson of the United Kingdom won the bronze. This was the first Olympic Games to include women and the only time women’s golf had been featured before 2016. Golf was not included in the following Olympic Games, but it was reinstated in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, 112 years after it was first introduced.

In the same way that a new course was developed for the 1904 Olympics, a new course was designed for the 2016 Olympic Games. The course’s construction was fraught with difficulties. Still, by 07.30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016, the Gil Hanse-designed course was complete and ready to welcome Brazilian Adilson da Silva’s first tee shot and golf’s return to the Olympic Games. The males were the first to take the stage, and they created quite a stir.

On the final day, Henrick Stenson and Justin Rose were teamed together and competed for the gold medal all day. Going into the 18th hole, the two were tied at 15 under par. After Stenson three-putted, Justin Rose tapped in a birdie to give Great Britain the gold medal. Sweden won the silver medal thanks to Stenson. Matt Kuchar won the bronze medal for the United States on the final day of the competition.

The Course

The golf competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private course in Saitama. The club, which was founded in 1929, has held many professional and amateur competitions, including Japan’s first-ever Golf World Cup in 1957.

Kasumigaseki is one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious golf clubs, with a championship pedigree on the East Course, which will host the men’s and women’s Olympic games. In addition, the East has hosted the Japan Open twice and the Canada Cup, which is now the World Cup. C.H. Alison renovated it in 1930, just a year after the layout opened.

Tom Fazio undertook a second redesign of the East Course in 2016, bringing the total length of the course to 7,466 yards by converting the two-green layout to a more classic single-green design. To mitigate the area’s harsh weather, many older Japanese courses have two greens for each hole. As a result, warm-weather grasses are usually found on one green, whereas cooler-weather turf is located on the other. Fazio was able to add more than 400 yards to the course by switching to only one green for each hole.

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The weather looks dry and humid all four days of the competition. However, with a typhoon expected earlier in the week, the weather could still play a part here.

The Field

We’ve listed the guidelines here to help you understand the Olympic qualification process.

Both the men’s and women’s Olympic fields have the same qualification rules. Up to four golfers per country are qualified for the Olympics from the top 15 players in the Olympic Golf Rankings (which effectively mirror the Official World Golf Rankings for men and the Rolex Rankings for women).

By descending the Olympic Golf Ranking, the field is filled until it reaches 60 golfers, with the top two rated players qualifying from any country that does not have two or more players from the top 15. At least two golfers from the host country, Japan, are expected to compete.


MEN (World Ranking in parenthesis)


Australia
Cameron Smith (28)
Marc Leishman (43)

Austria
Matthias Schwab (118)
Sepp Straka (174)

Belgium
Thomas Detry (94)
Thomas Pieters (107)

Canada
Corey Conners (36)
Mackenzie Hughes (63)

Chile
Joaquin Niemann (31)
Mito Pereira (146)

China
Carl Yuan (291)
Ashun Wu (315)

Chinese Taipei
C.T. Pan (181)

Colombia
Sebastian Munoz (67)

Czech Republic
Ondrej Lieser (231)

Denmark
Rasmus Hojgaard (121)
Joachim B. Hansen (151)

Finland
Kalle Samooja (117)
Sami Valimaki (122)

France
Antoine Rozner (78)
Roman Langasque (186)

Germany
Maximilian Kieffer (193)
Hurly Long (263)

Great Britain
Paul Casey (20)
Tommy Fleetwood (33)

India
Anirban Lahiri (340)
Udayan Mane (356)

Ireland
Rory McIlroy (10)
Shane Lowry (42)

Italy
Guido Migliozzi (72)
Renato Paratore (180)

Japan
Hideki Matsuyama (16)
Rikuya Hoshino (76)

Malaysia
Gavin Kyle Green (286)

Mexico
Abraham Ancer (23)
Carlos Ortiz (53)

New Zealand
Ryan Fox (178)

Norway
Viktor Hovland (14)
Kristian K. Johannessen (292)

Paraguay
Fabrizio Zanotti (280)

The Philippines
Juvic Pagunsan (216)

Poland
Adrian Meronk (189)

Puerto Rico
Rafael Campos (281)

Slovakia
Rory Sabbatini (167)

South Africa
Garrick Higgo (38)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (46)

South Korea
Sungjae I’m (26)
Si Woo Kim (49)

Spain
Adri Arnaus (147)
Note: Jon Rahm withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for COVID in his final test before traveling to Tokyo.

Sweden
Alex Noren (95)
Henrik Norlander (136)

Thailand
Jazz Janewattananond (129)
Gunn Charoenkul (259)

United States
Justin Thomas (3)
Collin Morikawa (4)
Xander Schauffele (5)
Patrick Reed (9)
Note: Reed replaced Bryson DeChambeau, who withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for COVID before traveling to Tokyo.

Venezuela
Jhonattan Vegas (130)

Zimbabwe
Scott Vincent (239)

Key Stats

Fantastic Fazio – As we can’t go on history, the first and possibly the best place to start is with the course designer. Tom Fazio has a particular way of designing a course, and this one is no different since he made the most recent alterations. They are remaining courses from tee to green, so that is where we will start.

Strokes Gained – Tee to Green

  1. Collin Morikawa
  2. Jon Rahm
  3. Brooks Koepka
  4. Patrick Cantlay
  5. Keegan Bradley

Remember the Rain – The early rain this week could and should significantly affect the golf course. It will undoubtedly feel like the course is playing longer, so we need our pick to deal with that.

Driving Distance

  1. Bryson DeChambeau
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Cameron Champ
  4. Wyndham Clark
  5. Will Gordon

Ruling with an Iron Fist – Many of these players won’t be used to playing on Zoysia grass, but they should enjoy the way the ball tens to sit upon the fairways and even in the rough. Therefore, we want to look at players with a solid iron game that can get the ball close to the hole.

Proximity to Hole

  1. Emiliano Grillo
  2. Vaughn Taylor
  3. Kyle Stanley
  4. Doug Ghim
  5. Chez Reavie

Consistency is Key – When I look at the three players who took the medals last time out, one-word springs to mind, and that is consistency.

Sub Par Rounds Streak

  1. Tim Petrovic
  2. Jeff Sluman
  3. Richy Werenski
  4. Viktor Hovland
  5. Scott McCarron

Draft Picks

After looking at the above data and running the field through our Beerlife profile builder, we have selected the following picks.

Must-Have Players – These players may cost a bit more but are sure to be worth it.

Collin Morikawa
Odds To win +700
Draft Kings $11,200
FanDuel $12,000
I have to stick with Morikawa, who has been a great servant to BeerLife Sports bettors this season which climaxed at the Open last week. He has finished second, fourth, and first in his previous three tournaments, which is unparalleled consistency. When he won the Workday Charity Open last year, he followed it up with another win a few weeks later by claiming the PGA Championship, proving he is a player to ride when he’s hot.
Rory McIlroy
Odds To Win +1100
Draft Kings $10,300
Fan Duel $11,500
Rory appeared to turn the corner this season when he won the Well Fargo Championship a couple of months back. While he hasn’t set the world alight since he hasn’t been terrible either, but you feel he has always had one eye on winning Olympic gold. He has the power to drive his way around this course, and of course, he has the short game to back it up. If his putting holds up, he will undoubtedly be involved come Sunday.

Steady Eddies – These guys should give a good account of themselves but won’t break the bank to add them to your lineup.

Viktor Hovland
Odds To Win +1200
Draft Kings $9,900
FanDuel $11,400
Despite being ranked 11th in the world, the young Norwegian is someone who always seems to go under the raider. However, Hovland oozes class, and he has the all-around game to deal with this testing golf course. He is ultra-consistent and has only missed one cut all season long. If the 23-year-old can hold his nerve, he will be in with a shot.

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