Normally on this site, I don’t do predictions. However, with the return of golf to the Olympics fast approaching, I feel as if it is appropriate for me to share some predictions.
When I am looking for a sleeper, I try to find a true, deep hidden gem. The 127 ranked overall Belgian, is a very good player. His game has come on strong this year as he has improved 100 world ranking positions, and earned himself a spot in big events like the PGA Championship. As a player, Colsaerts is a very long hitter that can score quite a bit. In a no-cut event, some of the more high risk-reward players don’t have to worry about making the cut, increasing their chances of competing towards the top. The designer of the course in Rio, Gil Hanse has also said that the Olympic course mostly closely mirrors Castle Stuart in Scotland. Castle hosted the Scottish Open this year, in which Nicolas placed T3. Don’t sleep on his Belgian teammate, Thomas Pieters, either. Pieters is a very underrated, high quality golfer.
Stenson is the favorite for this event, as well he should be. Coming off an unbelievable win at Troon, and a great performance at Baltusrol, it makes sense. However, I can never trust Henrik. Not for his ball striking ability (it is A+), but for his putting. Throughout his entire career, he has failed to make big putts at crucial times. We saw that a few weeks back at the PGA. Maybe I am overthinking it, but I don’t feel comfortable with Stenson being the favorite in any event, and I think he reverts back to his normal, mediocre performances at major tournaments.
While many people tend to favorite his patriotic teammate, Patrick Reed, I like Rickie this week. Despite having a very disappointing season, Rickie Fowler is getting closer. Although he didn’t have great finishes, his game has been in a great place the last couple of weeks. He got unlucky in Scotland, and just couldn’t make putts in New Jersey. Fowler is certainly having fun in Rio, and should carry that good attitude onto the golf course.
Gold: Rickie Fowler
Silver: Sergio Garcia
Bronze: Danny Lee
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