Women’s Golf Power Rankings for the Tokyo Olympics
The Women’s Olympic Golf Tournament is slated to begin on August 4th. 60 females, 72 holes, and it all goes down at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Among the favorites to stand tallest on the podium, Inbee Park is back after draping a gold medal around her neck in Rio in 2016. However, she’s not the “top dog” when it comes to Women’s Olympic Golf power rankings. That title belongs to a surging American making her Olympic debut.
For a look at the female golfers to watch at the Tokyo Olympics, here’s who I’ve got my eye on.
8 – Brooke Henderson
- Nation: Canada
- Rolex Ranking: 8
No top-10s since the US Women’s Open, Brooke’s latest dip may have some folks concerned about her outlook in Tokyo. The fact of the matter is she still posted four red numbers at last week’s major despite recording 30 or more putts in three of the four rounds.
Ranked 3rd in GIR and 6th in Driving Distance, Henderson’s prowess as a ball-striker will be exhibited at the Summer Games.
Don’t bother with her +1800-price tag at many of the top sites. Head to XBet where Brooke is an appetizing +2500.
7 – Leona Maguire
- Nation: Ireland
- Rolex Ranking: 50
Armed with a pair of runner-up finishes in 2021, Leona Maguire arrives in Tokyo absolutely scorching. Most recently, the 26-year-old Irishwoman closed with a major championship record-tying 61 at the Evian Championship.
That’s now 16 consecutive rounds of par or better and four straight finishes inside the top-15. I’m just happy I locked her in at +4000 to win the gold before her performance in France. Now Leona is lurking around +2200 for those betting on golf at the Olympics.
6 – Jin Young Ko
- Nation: South Korea
- Rolex Ranking: 2
Outside of the top 40 in three of her last four starts, I’d be lying if I said Jin Young Ko is firing on all cylinders. Having said that, she won her sixth LPGA Tournament since 2019 earlier this month at the Volunteers of America Classic. She’s still grasping onto the #2 slot in the Rolex Rankings.
And while a T60 in the final major of the year certainly wasn’t what Jin Young had in mind, it’s worth noting that she finished the week on a high note birdieing her final three holes.
5 – Lydia Ko
- Nation: New Zealand
- Rolex Ranking: 10
A 6th-place finish last week at the Evian Championship has Lydia Ko back on track for a run at another Olympic medal. Ko brought a silver medal home for the Kiwis in Rio and has played some marvelous golf in 2021.
In terms of this season’s LPGA Tour statistics, it’s no surprise to see Ko’s name near the top in some of the key scoring stats.
- 2nd in birdies
- 3rd in putting average
- 5th in scoring
Only Nelly Korda has accumulated more Race to CME Globe points. Lydia’s 16 LPGA victories make us forget that she’s just 24 years young, but Ko’s got lots of good golf ahead.
4 – Ariya Jutanugarn
- Nation: Thailand
- Rolex Ranking: 21
Aided by the help of her sister, Ariya took down the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 17th. She’s racked up three top-10s and six top-20s in her last seven starts, and there’s no question she’s got some unfinished business to tend to at the Summer Olympics.
I can’t help but think of that saying, “Everything happens for a reason.”
3 – Inbee Park
- Nation: South Korea
- Rolex Ranking: 3
Talk about a model of consistency, somebody might have to tell Inbee Park what it feels like to play poorly. I’m not sure she remembers.
Zero missed cuts in 13 2021 starts, Park isn’t mincing any words about her aspirations in Tokyo.
Further pressed on what would be considered a successful week, Inbee was rather blunt.
2 – Danielle Kang
- Nation: United States
- Rolex Ranking: 5
Danielle Kang sits number two in my women’s golf power rankings for the Tokyo Olympics. Perhaps she should be moved to number one, after all, she’s featured front and center among my best golf picks for the Olympics.
Honed in on the Summer Games enough to skip the Evian Championship, Kang made sure to get her swing dialed in before she hopped on the plane to Japan. As for her short game, that’s always on point.
In other words, Danielle is locked and loaded for a gold medal run.
1 – Nelly Korda
- Nation: United States
- Rolex Ranking: 1
After celebrating her 23rd birthday on July 28th, look for Nelly to continue celebrating at the Olympics. Victories in two of her last three appearances have vaulted her into the top spot in the Rolex Rankings; she’s tallied six top-3 finishes in 2021 alone.
To pinpoint just how dominant the younger Korda sister has been, feast your eyes on how she stacks up with the rest of the LPGA Tour.
|Nelly Korda – In a League of Her Own|
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|Official Money List||1|
|Rolex Player of the Year||1|
|Rounds Under Par||1|
|Rounds in the 60s||1|
More Olympic Golfers to Watch in Tokyo
Narrowing down these Olympic golf power rankings to eight names meant leaving some big guns off the list. Had I extended the list to 10, you would have read about Lexi Thompson and Patty Tavatanakit. Had the rankings included 12 names, Hyo Joo Kim and Jessica Korda would have been extolled.
Once the top sites unleash additional betting markets for this event, I’ll be utilizing these power rankings to help me sort through the odds and deliver my favorite bets.
Any additional golf picks for the Women’s Olympic Golf Tournament can be accessed here.