The men's field competed for Olympic medals last week in Tokyo with Xander Schauffele (USA) holding on to win Olympic gold over a hard-charging Rory Sabbatini (Slovakia), who shot a course-record 61 to grab the silver medal. Taiwan's C.T. Pan emerged from a seven-man playoff to nab the bronze. This week, it is the ladies’ turn for Olympics competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
World No. 1 Nelly Korda (USA) is the favorite on the board this week at 7-1. She has won three times this year, including her first major at the Women's PGA Championship, so her form is in tip-top shape. Prior to this year, Korda’s only LPGA wins had come in Taiwan and Australia, so she has a proven track record of success on this side of the globe.
Following Korda is a quartet of South Koreans who rank No. 2, 3, 4, and 6 in the world, respectively. Jin Young Ko (8-1), 2016 Olympic champion Inbee Park (10-1), Sei Young Kim (12-1) and Hyo Joo Kim (12-1) all have won events on the LPGA Tour this season.
Danielle Kang (USA) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), a two-time event winner this year, are next at 14-1, followed by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko (New Zealand), another event winner this season, at 16-1 and Patty Tavatanakit (Thailand), who won a major earlier this season at the ANA Inspiration, is priced this week at 18-1 along with Brooke Henderson (Canada).