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Many international golfers get their chance to shine on the big stage starting Wednesday evening when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men's golf tournament tees off in Saitama. Team USA dominates the top of the 2020 Olympic men's golf odds, with British Open champion Collin Morikawa leading the way, but most nations don't have the number of elite players to rival the United States. That means names like Abraham Ancer (Mexico), Joaquin Niemann (Chile) and Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) will try to seize the spotlight and bring home 2020 Olympics medals. International stars like Norway's Viktor Hovland, Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama also will try to give the members of Team USA a run for their money.   

Morikawa is listed as the 7-1 favorite in the latest 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Fellow Americans Xander Schauffele (9-1) and Justin Thomas (9-1) aren't far behind. Hovland (12-1), McIlroy (12-1) and Masters champion Matsuyama (12-1) also are expected to contend for Olympics 2020 gold from a 60-player field. Before you make any 2020 Tokyo Olympics picks or any Olympics 2020 predictions, you need to see what red-hot golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson knows what it takes to win and how players' games fit the courses. 

Before last week's 3M Open, the golf guru locked Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen into his top three picks to win. Oosthuizen had never played the event, while Schwartzel came in with just two top-10 finishes in 23 events this season. 

"Since the Masters, he has been very consistent," Johnson said of Schwartzel, "and he finished T-3 at Byron Nelson on a course just like TPC Twin Cities."

Neither golfer shot worse than 69 all week, and though they couldn't track down winner Cameron Champ, they finished in a three-way tie for second with Jhonattan Vegas at 13-under par. 

Before the Open Championship 2021, the expert pegged Morikawa among his players who were a good fit for Royal St. George's and touted him as the best ball-striker in the field. Johnson knew the star could win if he could "overcome his poor putting." He did just that, saving par several times to win his second major championship.

Johnson also has a tremendous feel for when momentum will propel a player to victory. Before the U.S. Open, he tabbed Jon Rahm among his best bets to win and touted Oosthuizen at 45-1 as his top long-shot candidate. Rahm and Oosthuizen battled to the finish, with Rahm surging to his first major title.

Johnson has been on fire all season. Before the Memorial, he had Rahm and Morikawa listed among his best bets. Rahm had a six-stroke lead after the third round but had to withdraw, and Morikawa dueled to the end with Patrick Cantlay before falling in a playoff. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in huge.

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 202o Tokyo Olympics golf picks, and they will surprise you. You can only get those picks and Johnson's 2020 Olympic golf expert predictions and analysis at SportsLine.

Top 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf predictions

Shockingly, the golf expert is slightly fading Schauffele, who comes in as the co-second favorite for gold. Schauffele has finished in the top three four times this season on the PGA Tour but has yet to win. He does have five worldwide victories, and his statistics are among the best on tour. But he hasn't won in well over two years, since the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January 2019. He could break through, but the size of this stage makes it unlikely. Johnson has set his sights on better options to grab gold and isn't listing Schauffele in his top contenders.

On the other hand, Johnson knows how big it would be for Matsuyama to win gold on his home turf. He already is a national hero after winning the Masters in April, and he won't have to deal with a gallery of roaring countrymen. Media also will be limited, so Matsuyama can focus on his game. But he ranks 20th in the world, well behind several of his competitors. He also has struggled often with the putter, but he hits a lot of greens and ranks 15th in strokes gained on approach. He has one top-25 finish since his Masters win, a T-23 at the PGA Championship.   

Johnson has also been following McIlroy's struggles for well over a year now, but he knows the Northern Irishman is too talented to stay down forever. His Wells Fargo victory in May to snap an 18-month drought looked like it might get him on track, but McIlroy has been up and down since. He was T-49 at the PGA Championship and T-46 at the Open Championship, but finished T-7 at the U.S. Open and T-18 at the Memorial in between. He is second in driving distance (317.7), fourth with an average of 4.36 birdies per round, and 12th in par breakers (24.33 percent). 

How to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf picks

This week in Olympics 2021 golf, Johnson is backing a massive long-shot who comes in at more than 60-1 odds. This international player comes in hot and has a strong combination of driving ability and accuracy into the greens. Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in huge. Johnson is sharing this expert Olympic golf pick at SportsLine

Who wins the 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf competition? Where do Morikawa and Reed finish? And which huge long shot is a must-back? Check out the Olympics golf odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf tournament, all from the insider who knows how players' games will fit each course, and find out.

2021 Tokyo Olympics golf odds, field, top contenders

Collin Morikawa 7-1
Xander Schauffele 9-1
Justin Thomas 9-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Hideki Matsuyama 12-1
Viktor Hovland 12-1
Paul Casey 16-1
Patrick Reed 18-1
Cameron Smith 20-1
Shane Lowry 20-1
Joaquin Niemann 20-1
Corey Conners 22-1
Abraham Ancer 22-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 28-1
Sungjae Im 28-1
Tommy Fleetwood 28-1
Marc Leishman 28-1
Guido Migliozzi 45-1
Garrick Higgo 45-1
Alex Noren 50-1
Si-Woo Kim 50-1
Carlos Ortiz 60-1
Thomas Pieters 60-1
Jhonattan Vegas 66-1
Thomas Detry 66-1
Mackenzie Hughes 66-1
Sebastian Munoz 80-1
Antoine Rozner 80-1
Mito Pereira 100-1
Ryan Fox 100-1
Rasmus Hojgaard 100-1
Rikuya Hoshino 100-1
Matthias Schwab 100-1
C.T. Pan 125-1
Henrik Norlander 125-1
Jazz Janewattananond 125-1
Rory Sabbatini 150-1
Anirban Lahiri 150-1
Adri Arnaus 150-1
Sepp Straka 150-1
Yechun Yuan 200-1
Romain Langasque 200-1
Adrian Meronk 200-1
Sami Valimaki 200-1
Kalle Samooja 200-1
Joachim B Hansen 200-1
Scott Vincent 200-1
Rafael Campos 250-1
Maximilian Kieffer 250-1
Ashun Wu 250-1
Fabrizio Zanotti 250-1
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 300-1
Hurly Long 300-1
Gunn Charoenkul 300-1
Juvic Pagunsan 300-1
Ondrej Lieser 400-1
Gavin Green 500-1
Udayan Mane 500-1