Bettors backing motivated Koreans in Tokyo

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Few (if any) players in the men's Olympic competition have more to play for this week than Si Woo Kim and Sungjae Im, and bettors are backing the notion that the motivated duo will come out swinging at Kasumigaseki Golf Club.

Kim and Im comprise the men's golf delegation from South Korea, and their stakes are sky-high this week: both men are still facing a mandatory military service in their home country, a commitment that could reach nearly two years and has recently stunted the growth of countrymen like Sangmoon Bae and Seung-Yul Noh. But both Kim and Im can receive a coveted exemption from service if they win any Olympic medal.

Kim (+5000) and Im (+2500) have combined to win four times on the PGA Tour, with Kim taking the Desert Classic this past January. He also won The Players in 2017 and leads the way in terms of tickets (total bets placed) at PointsBet Sportsbook. Im is next in line, followed by reigning Open champ and betting favorite Collin Morikawa:

Most Tickets (via PointsBet Sportsbook)

Si Woo Kim (+5000, 7.3% of tickets)

Sungjae Im (+2500, 7.1%)

Collin Morikawa (+700, 6.7%)

Hideki Matsuyama (+1200, 5.6%)

Joaquin Niemann (+2000, 5.0%)

In terms of handle (total money bet), it's Chile in the No. 1 slot: Niemann has commanded more than 15 percent of the money wagered for the tournament, which begins Wednesday evening for American viewing audiences. He lost a playoff at the Rocket Mortgage Classic earlier this month and is one of two Chileans in the field along with +10000 longshot Mito Pereira.

Most Handle (via PointsBet)

Joaquin Niemann (+2000, 15.8% of handle)

Sungjae Im (+2500, 11.0%)

Tommy Fleetwood (+2800, 7.6%)

Si Woo Kim (+5000, 5.3%)

Justin Thomas (+1000, 4.8%)

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Niemann represents the largest overall liability at PointsBet, followed by Im and Kim. The fourth-largest liability would be Fleetwood, who is looking to follow in Justin Rose's footsteps by winning a gold medal for Great Britain, while the fifth largest liability qualifies as a longshot: Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, who finished T-16 at the 2016 Olympics and enters this week at +30000 odds.

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