With the games just around the corner, here are the Top 10 Highest Ranked Golfers in the Olympics
Top 10 Highest Ranked Golfers in the Olympics
With the controversy surrounding golf in the Olympics due to the pull-outs of many of the game’s best players, many believe it will be a very weak field.
We’ve looked at the field, with the 10 highest players listed below, and it certainly isn’t weak.
Yes, it may be weaker than the women’s in regards of world rankings, but there are still some world class talent and it should make for a memorable tournament.
1) Henrik Stenson – World number 5
The Open Champion is the highest ranked player in the field at number 5 after Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all pulled out. No doubt, the Swede, who’s joined by David Lingmerth, will be the favourite for the gold medal.
2) Bubba Watson – World number 6
Bubba will also be highly fancied due to the open nature of the course, he’ll be able to hit driver a lot and take advantage of his length.
3) Rickie Fowler – World number 7
The 2nd highest ranked of the four Americans, Fowler will be looking to put a highlight on what’s been a disappointing year where his best finish in a major was a T33 at the USPGA.
4) Danny Willett – World number 9
The Masters Champion, along with Justin Rose, gives the Great British public high hopes of achieving a medal.
5) Sergio Garcia – World number 11
Sergio will be looking to win gold for Spain after a great year that’s included a victory at the Byron Nelson and two top fives in the majors.
6) Justin Rose – World number 12
The 2013 US Open champion has had a quiet year by his high standards but has shown no secret of his excitement towards the games.
7) Patrick Reed – World number 14
The American is turning into a fan favourite, especially when he came out with these quotes last month: “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 colours, it’s a huge day.”
8) Matt Kuchar – World number 20
Kuch didn’t even know it was an individual competition until last week but will be highly fancied to medal. He hasn’t won as much as you’d think he has but his consistency and top 10 record is envied by the best.
9) Rafael Cabrera Bello – World number 28
The Spaniard lines up along Sergio Garcia in a Spain side that will have high hopes of success. He came 3rd in the WGC-Dell Match Play earlier this year and looks likely to play his first Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in September.
10) Byeong-Hun An – World number 33
The 2015 BMW PGA Champion and European Tour Rookie of the Year is rated as one of the game’s biggest prospects. He became the youngest man to ever win the US Amateur in 2009. South Korea’s ladies are highly fancied and he has every chance of matching their success.