• Eric Cohen

By Eric Cohen


After a week in which all five of us ‘experts’ (and I use the term

lightly for some – including me) went 0-fer, it’s only fitting we try to

up our game for the rarest of exhibitions, the Olympics.

This tournament from Japan was all set to feel like a mini major

until the defections of recent Major champions Jon Rahm and

Bryson DeChambeau due to COVID.

Basically there’s no course history to study and we’re all truly

guessing here (then again, look at Brother Bri’s record so maybe

this is nothing new) but I know most, if not all of us will be

watching over the weekend.

One key factor that might play into some of our picks below – the

South Korean contingent of Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim must

medal this weekend to avoid a year of military service within the

next few years. No pressure or anything, right? Only the trajectory

of their careers – being interrupted in their prime is at stake.

In 2016, two of the top three betting choices, Justin Rose and

Henrik Stenson dueled for gold. Don’t be surprised if the chalk

rules in Japan again in 2021.

As a bonus this week, Harry is granting all of us $25 to bet on the

women’s competition as well. Considering my lack of knowledge

on the subject, I’m glad this bonus money is coming out of his

pocket!

Once again the rules: each picker will get a simulated $200 to bet;

$100 of which will be on win bets and another $100 on top-5, top-


10, and top-20 bets only. The kicker this time is that the money

can only be spent on a maximum of three golfers in each

category. Picking winners has never been so difficult (except for

Parlay Kid).

Here are this week’s plays for the Olympics Golf Competition:

(Odds courtesy of Draft Kings Sportsbook)

The Parlay Kid

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: +$6610

Winners Picked in 2021: 7 (Reed, Berger, Morikawa, Thomas,

McIlroy, Cantlay, Morikawa)

$35 to WIN: Viktor Hovland (+1100)

$35 to WIN: Corey Conners (+2800)

$30 to WIN: Si Woo Kim (+5500)

$50 on Top-10: Hideki Matsuyama (+100)

$50 on Top-10: Patrick Reed (+120)

Harry

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: +$317.75

Winners Picked in 2021: 4 (Spieth, McIlroy, Cantlay, Rahm)

$50 to WIN: Cameron Smith (+2200)

$25 to WIN: Abraham Ancer (+2000)

$25 to WIN: Sungjae Im (+2800)

$50 on Top-20: Sami Valimaki (+500)

$25 on Top-10: Thomas Detry (+400)

$25 on Top-5: Sebastian Munoz (+1400)

Eric:

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: +$237.50

Winners Picked in 2021: 5 (Berger, Thomas, McIlroy, Cantlay,

Rahm)


$40 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+1100)

$30 to WIN: Xander Schauffele (+800)

$30 to WIN: Rory McIlroy (+1200)

$50 on Top-5: Sungjae Im (+600)

$50 on Top-5: Si Woo Kim (+1000)

Producer Michael

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: -$1431.25

Winners Picked in 2021: 2 (DeChambeau, Spieth)

$50 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+1100)

$25 to WIN: Patrick Reed (+1600)

$25 to WIN: Joaquin Niemann (+2200)

$50 on Top-10: Justin Thomas (-110)

$25 on Top-10: Patrick Reed (+120)

$25 on Top-10: Joaquin Niemann (+230)

Brother Bri

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: -$1680

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$50 to WIN: Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)

$50 to WIN: Si Woo Kim (+5500)

$100 on Top-10: Si Woo Kim (+300)

BONUS: Women’s Olympic Golf Champion

Parlay Kid: $25 to WIN: Nasa Hataoka (+2200)

Harry: $25 to WIN: Lexi Thompson (+1800)

Eric: $25 to WIN: Jin Young Ko (+900)

Producer Michael: $25 to WIN: Danielle Kang (+1300)

Brother Bri: $25 to WIN: Lydia Ko (+1600)


Find more of Eric’s sports opinions and predictions on Twitter at

@CohensCornerAZ.