LIV Golf betting odds are available for the tour’s Chicago event at sportsbooks including DraftKings. For the first time, the LIV Tour isn’t taking a month off between events.
They are teeing it up this week in Chicago following a one-week break. Dustin Johnson won for the first time on the LIV Tour in Boston two weeks ago, and now the group is right back in action at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club just outside of Chicago.
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One of the reasons many of the PGA Tour players jumped ship to LIV was because they wanted to play fewer events. Add in a ton more money and LIV seemed like an ideal landing spot for them.
Now, with just a week off between starts, we’ll see who cashes the $4 million paycheck the winner will receive. Will Johnson go back-to-back? Will one of the latest arrivals get his first win?
And, our favorite question: Where have those players who were competing the first week wound up playing with all of the new stars having made the move? Well, the simplest question to answer is this third one.
Many of those players are back playing DP World Tour events (when they can) or Asian events (where some of them came from). Whether they ever get back into the LIV fold is another story but most got at least one start and a guaranteed $120,000 payday.
So while the dust has settled on players jumping to the LIV Tour — at least for now–it appears about a dozen or so players should be on everyone’s radar when it comes to trying to pick winners on this tour. So, let’s look a little deeper.
Odds to Win LIV Tour Chicago Invitational (DraftKings)
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|Harold Varner III||+2500|
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Expert Analysis and LIV Chicago Picks: Bet DJ Again
Two things we are sure of: Dustin Johnson can play world-class golf (when he’s motivated) and loves adding money to his bank account (where he’s always motivated.)
With that in mind, we have some bad news: Johnson didn’t win back-to-back events on the PGA Tour. But then there’s the good news: During his impressive finish in the 2020-2021 season, he finished up about as well as anyone in PGA Tour history.
He was T-2 at the PGA Championship heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs. He then won the first playoff event, The Northern Trust. He followed that up with a solo second in the BMW Championship before winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup crown.
Not a bad four-event run: second, win, second, win. Which brings us back to this week. Johnson, favored at +550 this week, was so-so in the first three LIV events before winning in his fourth start.
If he’s motivated, and we’re not always sure of his mental state heading to the first tee, watch out because he can get on a roll and leave everyone else in his dust.
Cam Smith is Always in the Hunt
For the second straight event we’re going with a Dustin Johnson-Cam Smith 1-2 punch. The reason is simple as the cream always rises to the top.
Now granted, players like Joaquin Niemann (T-2 in his debut), Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka could make a statement, but we’re looking hard at Smith.
Smith, +650 this week and the second choice, made the leap to LIV following an unbelievable finish in his (at least for now) former PGA Tour life.
Smith left as the No. 2-ranked player in the world. He won the Open Championship heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was T-13 in the playoff opener before skipping the BMW and ending his PGA Tour year with a T-20 at the Tour Championship.
Smith finished T-4 in his LIV debut with a second-round 69 stumble giving him too big of a hill to climb despite a final-round 63…the best score of the day.
Now with an event and its format under his belt, he will most certainly be on the first page of the leaderboard come Sunday. And a win in just his second start certainly wouldn’t be surprising.
Who Else Can Win This Week?
It’s been a smorgasbord when you’re looking at the results of LIV events. The only consistency is there isn’t any consistency.
When’s the last time you heard DeChambeau (+2000 this week) or Koepka (+4000) or Phil Mickelson (+25000) brought up when people are talking about the latest tournament news or results? If you answered never, you would be correct.
We’re going to stay away from most of these guys until they decide it’s time to start living up to their abilities and not many of them have in these limited fields.
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One Quick Note
There has been one more player moving to LIV this week, but it’s not a player with PGA Tour roots. It’s David Puig, who was scheduled to be a senior at Arizona State this fall. He’s at +50000 to win in his debut.
That means at least one more LIV player has been banished to the sidelines or the penalty box, or wherever the LIV Tour sends the players outside of their top 48 on the rosters for their event.