Top DFS Picks for the Tokyo Olympics Golf Tournament
The Men’s Olympic Golf Tournament was thrown for a loop over the weekend on the heels of another “Jon Rahm forced withdrawal.” The hits kept coming when just hours later, it was revealed that Bryson DeChambeau would be joining Rahmbo on the sidelines.
Rahm and DeChambeau have been replaced in the field by Jorge Campillo and Patrick Reed, respectively. Reed is in the player pool for fantasy golf, and is one of six golfers priced north of $10. Campillo’s addition came after DraftKings released their pricing.
After assessing the final iteration of the field in Tokyo, here are my top Olympic Golf DFS picks.
Xander Schauffele – $10,700
Locked and loaded for his first stint as an Olympian, all signs point toward Xander Schauffele having a fruitful week in Japan. And when I say “fruitful,” I’m talking about a podium finish.
To shed light on how consistent the “X-Man” has been this season, the following few tidbits should help bring you up to speed.
- 3 Runner-Up Finishes
- 3rd in SG: Total
- 3rd in Par Breakers
- 1st in Par-5 Scoring Average
The dude has finished 18th or better in 14 of his 18 starts; the last time we saw him in action, he was busy shooting 65 on Sunday at Royal St George’s.
Viktor Hovland – $9,900
As much as I have been touting Viktor Hovland lately, I feel compelled to include him as one of my best Tokyo Olympics golf picks. After all, the Norwegian sensation was slotted third in my Olympic golf power rankings, and that was when Jon Rahm was still in the field.
Hovland sits 6th in SG: Off-the-Tee, his proximity stats with his irons are off the charts, and his short has steadily improved. Toss in this man’s recent form, and your eyes will start to light up.
Most recently, Viktor posted a blemish-free 66 in the final round to finish 12th at The Open. However, since the start of May, he’s finished 3rd twice and triumphed over a stacked field at the BMW International Open.
Thomas Pieters – $8,100
Showcased as one of my sleeper picks for the Golf Olympics, this long-hitting Belgian is worth a look across all DFS formats as well. Pieters is no stranger to golf at the Olympics; he finished solo-4th in Rio, nearly getting his hands on a medal.
While it certainly hasn’t been a banner year for the University of Illinois alum, he’s quietly trending in a positive direction.
Also worth noting is that Thomas sits 20th on the European Tour in driving accuracy. He finished the year ranked outside of the top 140 in that category in six of the past seven seasons.
Mackenzie Hughes – $8,000
Corey Conners is going to garner plenty of attention at $8,800 and appears to be a rock-solid play. Having said that, I prefer pivoting down to another Kent State product that also hails from Canada.
Lurking $800 cheaper, Mackenzie Hughes is a superior putter (3rd in three-putt avoidance; 12th in total putting) and arrives at the Summer Games playing some of the best golf of his career. The 30-year-old Ping staffer backed up his T15 at the US Open with a T14 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and a T6 at the British Open.
Those penciling in DFS picks for the Golf Olympics know that Hughes saunters into Kasumigaseki Country Club, having shot 69 or lower in seven consecutive rounds.
Henrik Norlander – $6,800
If there was ever a time to buy shares of Henrik Norlander, that time is now. Sure, the 34-year-old Swede endured a rough patch after his T2 at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open, but that’s neither here nor there.
|Henrik Norlander – By the Numbers in His Last 5 Starts|
|6/13||Palmetto Championship at Congaree||T25||-5|
|7/4||Rocket Mortgage Classic||T38||-9|
|7/11||John Deere Classic||T28||-11|
Norlander has connected on five straight cuts; he’s improved his finish in each of the last four. So much for extolling Hughes for breaking 70 in seven straight rounds…
Henrik has bested 70 in nine straight. He’s 26th in Total Driving and 20th in GIR.
Wu Ashun – $6,500
Seeking that cheap golfer who will be low-owned that can help set your lineup apart? Enter Ashun Wu.
Who is Ashun Wu?
Wu finished 30th in the 2016 Olympic Golf Tournament ahead of names like Rickie Fowler and Danny Willett, a couple of guys who were top-10 players in the world at the time.
As for the “what have you done for me lately” aspect, let’s get you filled in. Among his last four starts on the European Tour dating back to May, Wu has made all four cuts, having finished inside the top-25 twice.
Also boding well is the fact that Ashun is familiar with playing golf in Japan. In fact, he’s more than familiar – he’s a two-time winner on the Japan Tour.
My Tokyo Olympics Golf DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Xander Schauffele $10,700
- Viktor Hovland $9,900
- Thomas Pieters $8,100
- Mackenzie Hughes $8,000
- Henrik Norlander $6,800
- Wu Ashun $6,500
If you’re planning on betting on golf at the Olympics, don’t shy away from these Tokyo golf DFS picks.
Versions of Schauffele and Hovland playing poorly hardly exist. Hughes and Norlander are playing terrific golf coming in; Pieters and Ashun aren’t far behind. As for some of the other names piquing my interest, Joaquin Niemann ($9,200), Cameron Smith ($8,900), and Marc Leishman ($8,500) can all be considered.
To stay up to date with additional Tokyo Olympics content, check out our Olympics blog.