As the LIV Tour heads into its final two events of this season, there are plenty of questions… and not that many answers.
The LIV guys will tee it up this week at the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah. The host course is the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club outside of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
And while this event is the final one before the season finale at Miami on Oct. 28-30, we’ve still got questions we’d love to see answered.
Question 1: This week’s favorite is once again Dustin Johnson at +400 but will he be motivated to win?
Johnson already has a win on the LIV Tour and cashed a $4 million paycheck for his effort. That’s all well and good, but it’s paltry compared to the $125 million or so he received to sign up to take his talents to the new league.
It also pales in comparison to the $18 million he will pocket shortly as he has clinched the Player of the Year honors. In total, through the first five events, Johnson has earned more than $30 million including paydays for the team event portions of the tour.
Not a bad gig if you can get it.
But that brings us to Questions 2 and 3.
Question 2: What’s his motivation week in and week out? He’s already proven he’s one of the best players in the world and he’s already won on this tour. And we’re assuming he doesn’t need another $4 million right away with his Player of the Year check already set to be deposited.
Question 3: Is he looking for more world rankings points? Nope, not going to happen for the rest of this season and the league doesn’t meet enough of the criteria to earn points right now.
So we’re going to look elsewhere to see who might be an impact player this week and cash that huge paycheck.
Oh, and don’t worry… we have more questions.
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Names You Probably Don’t Recognize
OK, raise your hands if you’ve heard the name Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra.
That’s what we thought… not too many hands. In fact, even though he won last week, he’s at a whopping +6500 this week, so the sportsbooks aren’t quite sure what to make of his victory or his talent.
For those of you scrambling to find out more about last week’s winner at the LIV Bangkok event, we’ll save you the trouble.
Lopez-Chacarra left Oklahoma State as the No. 2 ranked amateur in the nation. His reasoning was simple: He felt he had accomplished everything he could as an amateur and wanted to try the pro ranks.
Question 4: Why not try the PGA Tour instead? We can give you a few million reasons why… as in guaranteed dollars.
His move has already paid off with his $4 million victory last week.
Which leads us to Question No. 5: What about his future? If he doesn’t continue to have success on LIV, where does he go? He has no status on the PGA Tour as he is earning no future world ranking points.
Question No. 6: If he doesn’t continue to perform, will others who aren’t playing on the LIV Tour right now start to get shots at main events and sideline Lopez-Chacarra and others along the way?
We’re going to stay away from Lopez-Chacarra this week and look at one of the big names who has to get back into relevancy… and in the spotlight.
Take A Look At Brooks Koepka
Sure, you’re probably saying Brooks who?
And you wouldn’t be wrong as Brooks Koepka, at a staggering +2500 this week, has been out of sight and out of mind for quite some time.
But last week’s T-8 finish in Bangkok was his first top-10 in the new league. He did have an 11th-place finish earlier but no other top-10s.
That’s not great for a player with his talent.
Koepka has eight PGA Tour wins which includes four majors. That’s an impressive resume for a player who has beaten the best of the best in heads-up competition.
Yet he still hasn’t sniffed a title in an event with just 48 players teeing it up each week. Something’s a little fuzzy with this picture and it’s up to him to make the adjustments to bring everything back into focus.
We’re still not sure if the motivation is there because his career has been based on winning majors.
This definitely isn’t a major but if he wants to stay in the conversation of top golfers, it’s time to pick up that next victory.
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Patrick Reed Making Some Noise
Patrick Reed hasn’t found the winner’s circle yet on the LIV Tour, but he’s getting closer.
Reed is +2000 this week and was second in last week’s event.
He has three top-10s in the six events that have been played, so his game is there. He’s also one of those who has spent a lot of time traveling with all of his play on the DP World Tour so not teeing it up on US soil has never been a reason he hasn’t played well.
Like Koepka, Reed is getting close to falling off the radar when it comes to talking about the world’s top talent on the golf scene.
And like with Koepka, a win brings him back into that conversation.