Welcome to the halfway point of the LIV Tour’s season. You’ll find LIV Golf DC odds and predictions here, but let’s review the results through the first six events.
It’s been hot-and-cold when it comes to champions. The big names have won (Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson). There’s been a back-to-back winner (Talor Gooch). There’s been a blast-from-the-past winner (Charles Howell III). And, finally, there’s been a win by Danny Lee who won the second LIV event of the year in just his second start since joining the Tour.
So as we hit the halfway point this week at the Washington, D.C., event being played at Trump National, we have just one question: What’s next?
While we do have Gooch’s two victories in back-to-back events, a deeper dive shows we have had 16 different players with top-three finishes.
The only repeat names out of the 18 (six events, three podium finishes) are Gooch and Koepka. That leaves us wondering where the consistency is in players’ games.
Why aren’t players like Johnson and Koepka dominating the Tour? How can Gooch possibly win back-to-back events? If the CW Network leaves the final round as a playoff for the title begins, will fans try to find the broadcast on their phones or laptops? (Sorry, cheap shot).
With all of those questions–and there will be plenty more as the season goes along–let’s see if we can come up with a couple of players who could fare well at this first-time Tour stop.
One thing we are going to do this week is stay away from Koepka. He’s coming off an impressive PGA Championship–the third time he’s won this event–for his fifth major.
He is favored this week at +700 but while he’s coming off a great win, he’s got to be drained after those four days, and we’re thinking “Mr. Major” will be running on empty this week.
Odds to Win LIV Tour DC Event (BetUS)
|Charles Howell III
|Harold Varner III
As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.
Time for Another Back-to-Back Winner
We figure if Talor Gooch can go back-to-back in LIV events, surely Dustin Johnson can match that feat.
Johnson, at +1200 this week, won the last LIV event when he beat Cam Smith and Branden Grace in a playoff. He’s coming into this week off a T-55 in last week’s PGA Championship.
Until his victory in the latest LIV event, DJ’s struggled this season. Prior to his victory, he had just two other top-10 showings, a seventh in Orlando and a 10th in Australia. Then came a 25th in Singapore before his win at the last outing back on U.S. soil.
Whether he’s back in top form is still up for debate, but we like the fact he’s coming in with the chance to go back-to-back and with good odds. Whether all those facts and figures result in consecutive wins is still up for grabs, but we’re willing to bet he’s in the picture come Sunday’s final round.
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Expect Cam Smith to Remain in the Mix
We love Cam Smith’s chances this week at +800. He’s coming off three straight LIV events with top-10 finishes including losing the playoff to Johnson in Tulsa.
The reason we’re high on him? He’s third in the LIV points race despite being the only player in the top three without a win. Gooch is leading the way with 92 points followed by Koepka with 80 and then Smith with 75.
Smith opened the season with a sixth-place finish. Following a pair of poor showings (28th and 29th), he got on his current hot streak with a fourth, a seventh, and a T-2 in the most recent outing.
Smith posted a LIV win in the Tour’s second-ever event in 2022. He comes in here off a T-9 in the PGA Championship that included a final-round 65, so his game is still trending in the right direction.
Looking for Live Longshot?
Take a look at Harold Varner III at +2200. Varner, who played well at last week’s PGA Championship and wound up T-29, is definitely finding his way into contention.
In fact, he’s improved every time out this season. He went from 28th to 27th to 19th to 17th to 9th and, finally, a fourth-place showing in the most recent LIV event in Tulsa.
Before leaving for LIV in 2022, Varner played in 190 PGA Tour events with one second-place finish on his resume. He does have two world-wide victories, the latest being the PIF Saudi International in 2022.
In that tournament, Varner holed a 92-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole to beat friend and LIV teammate Bubba Watson.
If his trend of solid play continues, he’s only got a couple more spots he can finish this week and one of those is the top step of the podium.