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Scheffler Headlines PGA Tour
The American has struggled to win at this time of the year, but he’s the most consistent golfer on tour.
The PGA Tour has a strong charge. Another top golfer is Rory McIlroy, who won the Scottish Open last week. He has hit top gear at the right time as he tries to end a nine-year winless drought in the majors.
“If LIV Golf was the last place to play golf on earth, I would retire. That’s how I feel about it. I would play the majors, but I’d be pretty comfortable,” McIlroy said.
Despite the impending merger, McIlroy still engages in the rivalry, and we’re here for it.
Jon Rahm is the third PGA Tour player with a chance. He has gone under the radar in recent times, but he’s a +1200 chance, which is an excellent price, and it could shorten throughout the week.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 17, 2023
LIV Coming for the Silverware
The trio of Brooks Koepka, Cameron Smith, and Dustin Johnson is enough to put fear into the eyes of the PGA and DP World Tour.
They are quality golfers, especially Koepka, who already has a PGA Championship win in 2023 and almost won The Masters at Augusta in April.
Headlining sport betting markets for LIV is Smith, who is a +1600 chance, despite having never won on the LIV Tour, which shows how competitive it is.
The Australian looks to defend his 2022 Open Championship title, which is why he’s being so well supported by bookmakers.
Koepka is a value pick at +2000. He only targets the majors and is no stranger to winning in tough conditions. We expected him to be around +1100, so there is plenty of value with the rebel league players.
Johnson has been there and done that, so having him as a saver bet at +3000 is worth it.
DP World Tour Struggling
The PGA Tour and LIV have gutted the DP World Tour of its best players, so we expect them to struggle at The Open Championship despite being played in Europe.
The best players who are sole members of the tour are Adrian Meronk (+15000), Thorbjorn Olesen (+25000), and Victor Perez (+27500), so we’re not expecting them to be there on Sunday contesting for the win.
They are all solid players in their own right, but with the lack of quality opposition on the DP World Tour, they haven’t been tested in big events.
Perez is having a good year and could make the Ryder Cup team. However, he largely plays well in the easier events, so it’s hard to judge his form.
Overall, the DP World Tour hasn’t been the same since it joined forces with the PGA Tour. The media doesn’t make much of that fact, but what used to be an exciting European Tour is no more, and that should be evident at The Open Championship.