Paulie's Picks: The Olympics

The Olympics features a 60-man no cut event that is eerily similar to a WGC event, but for one difference.  Because of the Zika virus, safety concerns, and the qualifying system, many of the top players in the world are not in attendance. There are big names like Fowler, Watson and Stenson but also many unknowns like Jose-Filipe Lima and Rodolfo Cazaubon. 

The Olympic Golf Course isn’t overly long and is going to be played in wind and firm and fast course conditions.  This type of setup should benefit patient and experienced players who think their way around golf courses, as attacking pin positions from the correct angle becomes more important when conditions are firm and fast.

Martin Kaymer - $10,300 

With windy conditions and a firm and fast course setup I expect Martin Kaymer to thrive. Kaymer had a rocky start to the season but has been really good lately with 5 top 10s and no missed cuts in his past 10 starts. I also love that Kaymer has thrived under big time pressure before, winning two major championships and competing on multiple Ryder Cup teams. I also expect Kaymer to be slightly less owned compared to others in his price range. 

Matt Kuchar - $10,100 

While Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed will steal most of the American pre-tournament headlines, Kuchar comes in playing the best golf of the bunch. The golf course should be a great fit for Kuchar’s game as it is not overly long,  and rewards players who hit shots into the correct positions. I expect Kuchar to play very well and have a shot to win the gold medal.

Alex Cejka - $6,600

Another German comes into the Olympics hot with after a t11th at the Travelers and a t5th at the Canadian Open. Cejka’s experience in big events and wind should make him good value pick that allows you to roster two big names.

Gregory Bourdy - $7,000

Mr. Consistent, Bourdy has 8 top 25 finishes in his last 11 starts. The Frenchman should fair well at the strategic Olympic Course, and has proven he can play at big events this year finishing t18th at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.