Along with the male golfers, the United States is sending four contenders for a shot at capturing the gold. Per the Olympic betting lines, Nelly Korda has the best shot at pulling off this feat although her compatriots are not too far behind.
The tournament will take place at the East course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club, which was designed by renowned golf course architect Charles H. Allison along with Kinya Fujita and Shiro Akaboshi. The course rating is 74.9 with a slope rating of 131 for a par of 71.
Nelly Korda and The Favorites
Korda opened at +800 but has gotten action on the online sportsbook and is now down to +700. She is the slight favorite here, leading the Korean pair of Jin Young Ko at +900 and Inbee Park at +950. Park is the defending champion.
Nelly Korda (+700)
World number-one Korda enters Tuesday as the favorite thanks to being on a roll this year. She won the Women’s PGA Championship setting an aggregate record of 269.
The 22-year-old already has six LPGA tour wins and came close to winning the ANA Inspiration twice, finishing tied for second in 2020 and tied for third this year. A true prodigy, Korda made her major championship debut in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open and made the cut as a 14-year-old.
Jin Young Ko (+900)
Speaking of prodigies, Korea’s Jin Young Ko is ranked number-two in the world and has two majors to her name: both in 2019. She won the Volunteers of America Classic this year and has made 11 of 12 cuts with six top-ten finishes. However, her current scoring average of 70.10 and scoring rank is below her lofty standards.
Inbee Park (+950)
A lot has happened since Inbee Park won the gold medal in 2016. In fact, you can argue this is her last major victory as she hasn’t won a major since Rio though she’s come close plenty of times: tied for second in the 2018 ANA Inspiration and was the sole runner-up in the 2020 Women’s PGA Championship. She’s still very much capable of winning the big one.
Kang, Thompson and Other Notables
It’s far from assured that the top three favorites will win the gold. Plenty of other contenders could swoop in to pull the upset and that includes the other three Americans in the competition.
Danielle Kang (+1500)
She’s behind Thompson odds-wise, but she’s the second-highest ranked American in the LPGA Tour at number six. Her scoring average of 70.02 is the best in her career and places her ninth in the scoring ranks. She’s been on a roll this year and feels inspired. This might be the recipe of a champion.
Lexi Thompson (+1600)
Thompson is the next best American going by the Olympic odds. The 2014 ANA Inspiration finished third in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open but has struggled with consistency. Still, she’s made 10 of the 12 cuts and three top 10 finishes. She’s the only American here with previous Olympic experience, finishing tied for seventh in Rio.
Jessica Korda (+2200)
Not to be entirely overshadowed by her younger sister, Jessica Korda has also been playing some great golf this year. She is fourth in scoring average at 69.63 and has four top 10 finishes. She’s doubled her overall ranking going from 26th in 2020 now to 13th.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Lydia Ko (+1700) of New Zealand who won the silver in 2016. She’s had seven top 10 finishes this year and her scoring average of 69.75 is her best since 2016 where she won her last major.
Bronze medallist from 2016 Shanshan Feng (+2000) is back along with Canadian Brooke Henderson (+1800), who tied for seventh. Sei Young Kim (+1200) is another Korean contender here while Mone Inami (+2500) will lead the home team.