Gold – Sergio Garcia (Spain)
Sergio revels in representing his country. The fiery Spaniard has played some of his best golf during the Ryder Cup and credits it to the team Europe atmosphere. Even though the Olympics is not a team event, he will still be spurred on by wearing the Spanish flag on his shirt. The World no.11 has never won a major but has finished in the top five 12 times in the four majors showing he can perform when it matters most.
Silver – Justin Rose (Great Britain)
The 2013 US Open Champion has not been quiet about his excitement in representing team GB. Ever since the announcement of golfs return being to the Olympics he has had his eyes set on that Gold medal. Rose suffered with an injury earlier in the season but has showed resilience with a steady performance finishing T-22nd at The Open Championship and The PGA Championship.
Bronze – Emiliano Grillo (Argentina)
This young star has already won this season on the PGA Tour at The Fry’s Open. More Impressively the win came at his Rookie debut. His form has steadily continued throughout the 2015-2016 season, making the cut in all four majors. Even though the Argentina was only reunited with his clubs a couple of days before the tournaments starts, he was still able to play a practice round and he commented on the course’s likeness to his favourite course, Royal Melbourne.
Wildcard – Byeong Hun An (South Korea)
He Jokes that he wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Olympics as it is how his parents met. They have both won Olympic medals for table tennis (Bronze and Silver) but Byeong hopes to go one better to ensure bragging rights. He is currently 35th in the world and knows how to win with a European Tour title already under his belt.
Gold – Lydia Ko (New Zealand)
The current World no.1 is the obvious favorite for the gold as she continues to dominate on the LPGA. The 19-year-old has won 4 times this season on the LPGA and has finished runner up 3 times. The youngster is definitely proving age is just a number and letting her talent do the talking.
Silver – Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand)
After Ariya’s win at the RICOH Womens British Open she jumped from no.6 to no.2 in the world. That was her 4th LPGA tour win and was her first major victory. The 20-year-old says her improved performance is all down to a change in her pre shot routine, she now beams out a smile before every shot. Her last 3 starts on the LPGA were a tied 17th, tied 2nd and a win. Let’s hope she is smiling on the Podium at the end of next week.
Bronze – Catriona Matthew (Great Britain)
Catrina Matthew is coming into recent form just in time for the Olympics. During the RICOH Women’s British Open at Woburn she posted a 65 (7 under par) in the second round and finished the week T-5th. The recently announced Solheim Cup Vice Captain is not slowing down and is hoping to bring back an Olympic Medal to North Berwick, Scotland.
Wildcard – Charley Hull (Great Britain)
The English prodigy has had a steady season on the LPGA. Her best finish this season was at the ANA inspiration where she finished tied 2nd. Hull is currently the highest ranked Brit on the Rolex Rankings at 27th and with a great performance at the International crown she is definitely one to watch next week.