Olympic Golf Power Rankings

Olympic Golf Team USA

34 countries are represented in golf's return to the Olympics. The BG staff collectively can probably point out 11 of them on a globe. Nonetheless, this competition should be interesting. Not everyone here on the BG staff hates the Olympics. For those betting on the games or just enjoying golf, we compiled a list of the countries to beat, potential surprises, and relative unknowns who won't be after this weekend. Here are the power rankings:

 

10. South Korea: Byeong Hun An & Jeung Hun Wang 

Byeong Hun An, or "BHA" as I like to call him, is a 24 year-old who spent his college years at U Cal Berkeley. He has bounced around from the Korean, European, and PGA Tours. His most recent win came at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship, an event won by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Angel Cabrera. He made cuts at the U.S. Open (T23) and Open Championship (T59), so in this watered-down field, who knows?

Jeung Hun Wang is a 20 year-old who has 2 European Tour wins this season in back-to-back weeks in May. Long shots to medal but the 2 young South Koreans could surprise. I feel like when South Korea wins a medal, Kim Jong definitely gets butt-hurt. A little incentive to root for these underdogs.

-The People's Golfer

 

9. Denmark: Soren Kjeldsen & Thorbjorn Olesen

Watch out for "The Sneak King" Soren. T-9 at the British Open, T-7 at the Masters this year, Kjeldsen can play golf when the stakes are high. I respect Soren for being a family man and saying screw the Olympic village – he has been living with family friends who apparently moved from London to Brazil and live right next to the golf course. He can walk there. Will he be walking up to the podium on Sunday?

I dont know why but Thorbjorn is a sick name. Thor as I now call him has played in a few majors in his life. The Danish wonder is only 26, yet hes been pro since 2008 and has a few wins under his belt overseas. I am 25, and I've been a Bro for longer than that. Cooincidence?

-Rico Dangles

 

8. Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas 

Vegas

The coolest name on tour goes to one of the longest drivers on tour. Does Vegas sound like the name of the guy who's going to lay-up on a short par 4 with sand surrounding every angle to the green? Hell no! Vegas is playing his best golf of the season with two top-5 finishes in the last month (including a win at RBC Canadian Open). Probably could be higher on the list. Being the only representative definitely hurt his country's ranking here. 

-The People's Golfer

 

7. New Zealand: Danny Lee & Ryan Fox

Danny boy has had an interesting road in his golf career with a lot of highs and lows along the way. Back and fourth from Amatuers to Pros, Lee has a good swing and has put together some good rounds in 2016. Danny boy takes chances, like deciding to go pro after the 2009 masters. He's going to need to take some chances here to come away with a medal for the Kiwis.

Not much is known about Ryan Fox, some might say he is a mystery man. PGA.com doesnt even have his picture online, I had to go to wikipedia. Wikipedia didnt even have a picture of him so I had to go to google him. Dude is built like like a brick wall – 5'10", 215lbs. Power.

-Rico Dangles

 

6. Germany: Martin Kaymer & Alex Cejka

I'll tell you what, some of the kids playing probably don't appreciate the opportunity of playing in the Olympics enough. A guy like Cejka who's on his last leg? I bet he does. 

The K-man is about as rock-solid as they come. He's like that monster from Jeepers Creepers- he comes out to eat every few years and crushes it then retreats back to the European Tour for a while and makes you forget he exists. (Will anyone get the reference? Has anyone seen that movie?) Despite his team's placement on this list, he might be my favorite pick for this week at +1600.

-The People's Golfer

 

5. Argentina: Emiliano Grillo & Fabian Gomez

I cannot say enough about the Argentinian team of Grillo and Gomez – G2. Gomez has had a slightly down year this year, but hes a vet of the numerous tours (pro since 2002) and has 16 career wins, most recent being 2016 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He will be giving his knowledge and expertise to Grillo this week at the OIympics.

Grillo is out of his mind. Love his style, love his stroke, and hes only 23 years old with a bright PGA future ahead of him. Hopefully he is not too rattled after almost having American Airlines loose his clubs. He clearly has poise being that back in 2015 he almost smoked Rory in the face when he drove the green at the Fry's Open, where he went on to win. Clearly in the right mindset.

-Rico Dangles

 

4. Spain: Sergio Garcia & Rafael Cabrera-Bello

The top 5 teams in the list are loaded. Rafael Cabrera-Bello isn't well-known over here in the States but he made all 4 cuts at majors this season. He is also very competitive on the European Tour.  

Fans give Sergio are hard time because of his early career collapses. Fine. But the guy is still playing at a very high level at only 36. Also, does this look like a major to you? How great would it be for Sergio to win the gold in the first year back in the 'Pics for golf? El Nino is brewing…

-The People's Golfer

 

Bronze. Sweden: Henrik Stenson & David Lingmerth

Hoping that Hank isnt too rattled by the animals to play up to his potential and win a medal. Stenson has been one of my favorite golfers on tour since I started watching golf. His win at The Open and battle with the Lefty there was one of the most remarkable things I've ever watched. I think he is easily the top golfer in the Olympic field and should be in contention on Sunday for a medal.

Lingmerth is another power house Swede. Finished 22nd at the PGA and 12th at the U.S. Open. But, let's face it, Sweden's best shot at gold is through Stenson. 

-Rico Dangles

 

Silver. Great Britain: Danny Willett & Justin Rose 

Red Coats

You might think on paper the Brits have a competitive looking team. Willett has been on the side of a milk carton since his Masters victory. He must've been having some late nights with the new son- a lesson to all those with aspirations of becoming great; don't get married/have children.

I liked Rose going into the PGA Championship (although he was underwhelming) and I like him here again. Is there anyone on USA who has a higher ceiling than Rose? I wouldn't be scared to say Rose is the second best player in the field (behind Stenson).  

Also, British trashtalk, does it get better than that? Imagine Willett walking up to you on the tee box saying, "You're all fur coat and no trousers you are." What the hell do you say to that?? Fear the Brits…

-The People's Golfer

 

Gold. USA: Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, & Bubba Watson

USA

The People's Golfer and Rico Dangles are honestly two of the biggest USA-loving-olympic-watching sickos on planet earth. The USA's team, much like in every other Olympic event besides for maybe soccer, is the obvious favorite here to have at least one player in medal contention. 

I can only imagine how many rubbers Rickie has gone through in Rio. Snap chat legend and fan-proclaimed frat boy has been running around events and having a great time at the Olympics thus far.

Matt "The Father" Kuchar definately brought his best pair of Sketchers to Rio.I think he is the most underrated one on Team USA.

Patrick Reed is a true American. Over-weight but loves golf. The 26 year-old has been sneaking around tournaments recently. Could he break out and medal in Rio?

Bubba… well he's just Bubba…

This team is rock solid. We'd all love USA to bring home all 3 medals. 

-Rico Dangles

 

 

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