Welcome to the Dustin Johnson-Cam Smith Show, otherwise known as the LIV Tour.
The 48 LIV players–led by Smith and Johnson as the last two tournament winners–will tee it up this week at Stonehill Golf Course, a little north of Bangkok, Thailand.
That’s right, they are taking this tour back outside of the United States after opening up in London. The tour then came to the United States for four straight events (Portland, Bedminster, Boston, and Chicago).
In fact, after this week’s event the LIV Tour will move to Saudi Arabia and play at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, rated as one of the top courses in the Middle East. Then will come the season-ending championship in Miami.
The courses and sites may be different for the LIV Tour but the favorites are the same for the third straight week–Smith (+450) and Johnson (+500).
The latest news for the LIV Tour is there have been no new players added from the PGA Tour ranks. So while the two tours get set to battle over a variety of lawsuits in courts, we can focus on the LIV Tour having five or six stars stand out week-in and week-out.
Now that may be a little harsh as there are about a dozen PGA stars who have made the jump to the LIV Tour. But when’s the last time (or the first time) you’ve heard the names Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, or Phil Mickelson when it comes to their play in tournaments?
If you can’t remember, you’re not alone.
Odds to Win LIV Tour Bangkok (SuperBook)
|Player||SuperBook Odds to Win|
|Harold Varner III||+3500|
As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.
It’s Time To Shop Around
With Smith the favorite at +450 and Johnson right behind him at +500, it’s time to check out players a little further down the list.
We’re going to check out Sergio Garcia at +2500 this week. Since his jump to the new tour he’s been finding his way up the leaderboard. His first two events he finished in the mid-20 range. Not good for a player with his talent in this small of a field.
But in his last three events he’s gone solo seventh at Bedminster, T-9 at Boston, and solo third at the latest event in Chicago. One other reason we like Garcia to have an impact is he’s one of the players who is constantly on the go when it comes to traveling to play golf.
With all of the travel these guys are doing, it’s going to have an impact on a lot of the players’ play—and, for many of them, not in a good way.
But Garcia is one of those well-traveled players who can land at a site and turn right around and be ready to play. That’s going to be a big edge on the LIV Tour with the three-day events.
Look for him to be fighting for his first LIV title come Sunday.
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Watch Out For Joaquin
Joaquin Niemann, the third choice at +800 this week, has just two starts as a member of the LIV Tour but he’s already making an impact. He’s got a T-2 in his first event and a solo fifth in the most recent event.
He left the PGA Tour when his game was in solid form so there’s no reason he won’t get into the winner’s circle once he gets his footing with all of the changes on this new tour. In his final three appearances on the PGA Tour, in the FedEx Cup playoffs, he was T-13 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, T-8 at the BMW Championship, and T-11 at the Tour Championship.
And those results came with the knowledge he was already out the door and heading to LIV. It’s got to be a little challenging to try and play golf while getting ready to make a leap to a new tour.
Now that’s he’s just got the one tour to worry about, he may be about to start cashing those $4 million first-place paychecks.