Sepp Straka is the surprise leader after day one of the Tokyo Olympics’ Mens Golf Competition. The Austrian shot a 63 and was one up on two other pre-tournament longshots: Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters.
In fact, among the top-10 leaders after day one, only Paul Casey (No. 22) is ranked in the world top 60.
Most don’t expect Straka to win the gold medal come Sunday, but the fact that the big names are at minimum five shots back doesn’t hurt his chances. His odds are 12-1.
The favorite now is Xander Schauffele at 9-1. The American opened with a 68 and was T12, alongside Viktor Hovland (10-1) and Patrick Reed (16-1), among others.
Home favorite Hideki Matsuyama was T20 on 2 under. At 18-1 the reigning Masters winner would seem to be a worthy consideration.
Also Justin Thomas opened even-par 71 but played pretty good (18 pars no bogeys) – could have easily been 5-under par. We know he can go low in a hurry, so to get him at 50-1 seems like a steal, particularly for a flyer.