With Tokyo 2020 finally underway, tipster Barry Plummer picks out three players he expects to contend for the gold medal in Japan

With Olympic fever in full flow, we finally get to see the world’s best compete for the coveted gold medal at Tokyo 2020. The men’s Olympic golf competition has already been hit by controversy, with high profile withdrawals including Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, so be sure to check the field regularly before placing your bets.

With that being said, there is still plenty of quality to choose from, so I have picked out three players I feel have a great chance to go for gold. But first…

Men’s Olympic golf details

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama, Japan

Date: July 29-August 1, 2021

Course stats: Par 72; 7,465yds

Course summary: An hour north of the Olympic Village, Kasumigaseki is a typical Japanese tree-lined parkland course. Pristine Zoysiagrass fairways slalom towards well-protected Bentgrass greens, with thick Zoysiagrass rough awaiting any wayward shots. Heat and humidity may be the biggest factor here, and is certainly a consideration in my selections this week.

Purse: Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals

2016 medalists: Justin Rose (gold), Henrik Stenson (silver), Matt Kuchar (bronze)

Men’s Olympic golf TV coverage

Thursday: BBC One from 12am
Friday: BBC one from 12am
Saturday: BBC One from 12am
Sunday: BBC One from 12am

Men’s Olympic golf tee times

Round 1

11.30am (Wednesday): Rikuya Hoshino (JPN), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Sepp Straka (AUT)

11.41pm (Wednesday): Adri Arnaus (ESP), Sami Valimaki (FIN), Matthias Schwab (AUT)

11.52am (Wednesday): Sebastian Munoz (COL), Henrik Norlander (SWE), Joachim Hansen (DEN)

12.03am: Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Antoine Rozner (FRA), Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

12.14am: Xander Schauffele (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

12.25am: Justin Thomas (USA), Joaquin Niemann (CHI), Paul Casey (GBR)

12.41am: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Marc Leishman (AUS), Corey Conners (CAN)

12.52am: C.T. Pan (TPE), Ryan Fox (NZL), Anirban Lahiri (IND)

1.03am: Hurly Long (GER), Yechun Yuan (CHN), Gavin Green (MAS)

1.14am: Kristian K. Johannessen (NOR), Adrian Meronk (POL), Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

1.25am: Rory Sabbatini (SVK), Mito Pereira (CHI), Renato Paratore (ITA)

1.36am: Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Thomas Detry (BEL), Kalle Samooja (FIN)

1.47am: Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Alex Noren (SWE), Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

2.03am: Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN), Romain Langasque (FRA), Si Woo Kim (KOR)

2.14am: Viktor Hovland (NOR), Cameron Smith (AUS), Garrick Higgo (RSA)

2.25am: Collin Morikawa (USA), Rory McIlroy (IRL), Sungjae Im (KOR)

2.36am: Patrick Reed (USA), Tommy Fleetwood (GBR), Shane Lowry (IRL)

2.47am: Rafael Campos (PUR), Max Kieffer (GER), Ashun Wu (CHN)

2.58am: Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Juvic Pagunsan (PHI), Scott Vincent (ZIM)

3.09am: Udayan Mane (IND), Ondrej Lieser (CZE), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

Round 2

11.30pm (Thursday): Rory Sabbatini (SVK), Mito Pereira (CHI), Renato Paratore (ITA)

11.41pm (Thursday): Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Thomas Detry (BEL), Kalle Samooja (FIN)

11.52pm (Thursday): Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Alex Noren (SWE), Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

12.03am: Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN), Romain Langasque (FRA), Si Woo Kim (KOR)

12.14am: Viktor Hovland (NOR), Cameron Smith (AUS), Garrick Higgo (RSA)

12.25am: Collin Morikawa (USA), Rory McIlroy (IRL), Sungjae Im (KOR)

12.41am: Patrick Reed (USA), Tommy Fleetwood (GBR), Shane Lowry (IRL)

12.52am: Rafael Campos (PUR), Max Kieffer (GER), Ashun Wu (CHN)

1.03am: Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Juvic Pagunsan (PHI), Scott Vincent (ZIM)

1.14am: Udayan Mane (IND), Ondrej Lieser (CZE), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

1.25am: Rikuya Hoshino (JPN), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Sepp Straka (AUT)

1.36am: Adri Arnaus (ESP), Sami Valimaki (FIN), Matthias Schwab (AUT)

1.47am: Sebastian Munoz (COL), Henrik Norlander (SWE), Joachim Hansen (DEN)

2.03am: Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Antoine Rozner (FRA), Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

2.14am: Xander Schauffele (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

2.25am: Justin Thomas (USA), Joaquin Niemann (CHI), Paul Casey (GBR)

2.36am: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Marc Leishman (AUS), Corey Conners (CAN)

2.47am: C.T. Pan (TPE), Ryan Fox (NZL), Anirban Lahiri (IND)

2.58am: Hurly Long (GER), Yechun Yuan (CHN), Gavin Green (MAS)

3.09am: Kristian K. Johannessen (NOR), Adrian Meronk (POL), Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

Men’s Olympic golf betting tips

As always I’m joined by Steve Carroll on the Dialled In podcast, and this week we’re covering both the this week’s men’s and next week’s women’s events at the Olympic Games.

You can listen in the player below, or on your preferred podcast platform.

If you’d prefer to read my tips, scroll down and hit the ‘next page’ button.