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Punch Shot: Who will be the three medalists at the men’s Olympic event?

The Olympic Men’s Competitors will get underway Thursday at Kasumigaseki Region Club outside of Tokyo, Japan.

Who will stand on the podium? Who will just miss the medal ceremony? GolfChannel.com writers weigh with their predictions.

Who wins gold?

REX HOGGARD: Paul Casey. There was very little in Justin Rose’s run-up to the 2016 Online games to advise the Englishman was on the cusp of a gold-medal profitable general performance, but though he lacked success, he experienced a lot of enthusiasm. Casey appears to have stepped in for Rose in Tokyo just after producing the Olympics his singular aim this year.

RYAN LAVNER: Viktor Hovland. In two limited several years he has proved his sport can travel, he’s embracing the Olympic experience, and he enters the Online games with a ton of self esteem possessing a get (BMW Worldwide) and T-12 (Open) in his earlier two commences.

BRENTLEY ROMINE: Hideki Matsuyama. We haven’t viewed him in months mainly because of his COVID-19 diagnosis, but he is here and completely ready to acquire Gold for the host region. With the training course playing smooth, that performs into a good deal of these players’ games, but in particular Matsuyama. He also has some prior knowledge on this format, far too, although that was back in his amateur days.


Complete-discipline scores from the Olympic Men’s Competition


Who wins silver?

HOGGARD: Collin Morikawa. Close to-misses aren’t definitely a regular that expert golfers aim on, but at the Olympics, in which finishing in the best 3 is a target unto itself, regularity is rewarded and no one in this week’s subject has been more reliable than Morikawa this time. He has eight top rated-10 finishes on the PGA Tour to go together with people two victories.

LAVNER: Collin Morikawa. He looks refreshed and prepared, and if his putter is even remotely as incredibly hot as it was at Royal St. George’s, this will be another stellar debut.

ROMINE: Thomas Detry. The Belgian golfer and former Illinois standout has two runner-up finishes in each and every of the earlier two seasons on the European Tour. A runner-up, aka silver medal, would be fitting this week.


Who wins bronze?

HOGGARD: Abraham Ancer. 1 of the comparisons being designed this week is that Kasumigaseki Place Club reminds players of Quail Hollow Club, which hosts the Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship. Ancer concluded runner-up this calendar year at Quail Hollow and is 1 of the couple of gamers being in the Athlete’s Village and using comprehensive benefit of the Olympic knowledge.

LAVNER: Paul Casey. Just one of the game’s most comprehensive players, he arrives in strong type and has been arguably the most energized by the Olympics, understanding that at 44 it’s probably his very last possibility to signify Excellent Britain.

ROMINE: Collin Morikawa. No a person is enjoying better golf right now, and if his putter stays very hot, it will be really hard to hold Morikawa off the podium.


Who just misses the podium?

HOGGARD: Xander Schauffele. Just behind Morikawa in the consistency department is his American teammate (seven leading-10s this year), and there’s a sentimental element to this week’s Video games for Schauffele, whose grandparents are from Japan. He may perhaps not achieve the podium, but it will however be a specific 7 days for Schauffele.

LAVNER: Xander Schauffele. It is a de-facto household match for Schauffele, whose household history could incorporate a dose of tension to the proceedings. Supplied his preceding near calls, it’ll be appealing to see how he handles that phase. Possibly it’ll deliver him the practical experience he requirements to get more than the best in the majors.

ROMINE: Sungjae Im. All people will very likely be rooting for Im and fellow South Korean Si Woo Kim to earn medals and keep away from their mandatory military assistance, but the odds are undoubtedly against them – Im is 25/1 and Kim 50/1. I be expecting Im to make issues intriguing, but eventually I feel he falls just brief.


Who will make a identify for himself?

HOGGARD: Adrian Meronk. It seems not likely Meronk will gain a medal, but he will make record in Japan nonetheless. Before this summer months, the 28-year-old turned the to start with participant from Poland to perform in a big championship at the U.S. Open up, and this 7 days he gets to be the to start with golfer from his country to contend in the Olympics.

LAVNER: Mito Pereira. Overshadowed by fellow countryman Joaquin Niemann for the past couple decades (and for great explanation), the Chilean is coming into his individual and has loved a potent three-month operate. Following earning an prompt advertising to the PGA Tour, he has started to sense at home on the large Tour, with again-to-back again major-6s. On the grandest stage in sporting activities, it is really time to learn more about him.  

ROMINE: Carl Yuan. Even if he isn’t going to come near to the medal stand, the Chinese golfer out of the University of Washington will most likely be talked about in the course of the tournament. He has not played on the Korn Ferry Tour due to the fact the Wichita Open up in late June, and he concluded that 7 days ranked No. 27 on the tour’s factors record. Even so, he is since skipped the previous 4 KFT situations – and slipped to No. 31 – in buy to return to China for centralized Olympic education. With just two a lot more frequent-time functions still left on the KFT agenda, “I most likely have to miss the relaxation of the time,” Yuan explained earlier this 7 days. Of system, an Olympic medal would assistance simplicity the sting.