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Johnson Highlights 2023 LIV Tour Opener

Mayakoba Hosts Event at El Camaleon GC

The LIV Tour is back and it boasts an impressive field at Mayakoba, especially compared to the field for this week’s PGA Tour event.

Rivalry aside, the first LIV Tour event of 2023 should be excellent as the likes of Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith seek success.

Team Captain Dustin Johnson, of 4 Aces GC - Giorgio VIERA/AFP
Team Captain Dustin Johnson, of 4 Aces GC - Giorgio VIERA/AFP

Golf odds have a competitive market framed and we expect a tight finish. Bettors can watch the action on the CW Network.

DJ Eyes Second Win

Johnson has had plenty of team success at LIV, but he’s only a one-tournament winner.

That win came at the 2022 Boston Invitational when beating Anirban Lahiri and Joaquin Niemann with an eagle in a playoff.

It was a stunning way to win and he’s one of the favorites to win at El Camaleon Golf Club this week.

The nine-time PGA Tour winner has the attitude needed to win multiple tournaments this year. However, his ranking is steadily falling due to the fact that LIV tournaments do not carry ranking points, which rival Rory McIlroy doesn’t fully agree with.

“I certainly would want the best players in the world ranked accordingly”, said McIlroy in September 2022. “I think if Dustin Johnson is somewhere around 100th in the world, it’s not an accurate reflection of where he is in the game.”

The sportsbook expects a big performance from Johnson. He should be the one they all have to beat, despite being listed behind Cameron Smith in the rankings.

  • Pick: Dustin Johnson (+800)

Chacarra Goes Under the Radar

One of the hottest young talents in the world is Eugenio Chacarra, who would be a household name had he been on the PGA Tour.

The Spanish 22-year-old won LIV Bangkok last year by three strokes and that showed off his skills, which were honed at Oklahoma State University.

The first-team All American announced he was turning pro by joining LIV instead of heading back to college. He has already made millions, instead of likely struggling to make it onto the PGA Tour.

We back his decision and it has already paid off. However, he’s not even close to peaking and having that season under his belt bodes well.

Golf betting markets could let Chacarra go under the radar, so lock in the inexperienced player at value odds.

  • Pick: Eugenio Chacarra (+6600)

South African Charge

The duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel should be around the top of the leaderboard at LIV Mayakoba.

Oosthuizen was and still is one of the more consistent golfers in the world, despite having not won since 2018.

The 2010 Open Championship winner has been close to winning on multiple occasions, but he shouldn’t be far off on the LIV Tour.

With nine European Tour titles to his credit, the 40-year-old, along with Schwartzel, could make a charge in Mexico and delight the fans.

  • Pick: Louis Oosthuizen (+3500) and Charl Schwartzel (+7000)

Home Advantage for Ancer

Abraham Ancer could have the answer for Mexican fans at LIV Mayakoba.

The 31-year-old Mexican is better than a one-win golfer, but he won the WGC-Fed Ex St. Jude Invitational, which is a tough tournament to win.

He defeated Sam Burns and Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff, so we’re not leaving him out of our betting online selections.

He also has top-10 finishes at the 2021 and 2022 PGA Championships, so class is on his side and we expect money to come for Ancer at the LIV Mayakoba.

  • Pick: Abraham Ancer (+1100)

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