The highly controversial LIV Tour plays at Pumpkin Ridge this week and the field has a PGA Tour feel about it.
Headlining the golf betting are Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, and Brooks Koepka. They are joined by the likes of Abraham Ancer, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, and Kevin Na, so it has taken shape nicely much to the PGA Tour’s chagrin.
Brooks Goes Bang
It would be like Brooks Koepka to make a statement in his first LIV Golf Tour event. The four-time major winner was seemingly against the idea of playing anywhere else but the PGA Tour, but money speaks volumes.
The often unlikable player perks up for the big tournaments, and given the money available in Portland, this is considered a big tournament.
The American has struggled with injuries over the last few years but that’s the case for many players on this haphazard tour. The $150 million paydays will ease those injuries and he could come out swinging.
Koepka had this to say about the LIV Tour at the U.S. Open.
“I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give [LIV Golf], the more you keep talking about it,” he told ESPN.
If Koepka wins at Pumpkin Ridge, it would elevate the tour. Having Charl Schwartzel win the opening event in London wasn’t ideal for organizers but Koepka’s victory could make a huge difference.
His golf odds of +1000 are worth taking in the limited-field event.
Pick: Koepka +1000
Johnson Favored Again
Dustin Johnson was the best finisher of LIV Tour players at the U.S. Open when finishing T24 behind Matthew Fitzpatrick.
The former world No. 1 is seemingly past his best but that won’t stop him from picking up eye-watering money on this tour. He’s again the favorite at +700 after starting as a favorite in London, where he performed well enough without looking like a winning chance.
We’re not surprised the 15-year veteran made the switch after struggling to regain his best form. However, from a betting perspective, he needs to start cashing in for bettors.
“I’m very thankful for the PGA Tour and everything it’s done for me,” Johnson said. “I’ve done pretty well out there for the last 15 years. But this is something that was best for me and my family. It’s something exciting and something new.”
He needs to be on your ticket at +700 against this level of opposition.
Pick: Johnson +700
Amateur Star Adds Intrigue
Eugenio Chacarra had all but committed to another season with Oklahoma State, but the allure and money at the LIV Tour were too much to pass up.
We don’t blame the second-ranked amateur for wanting to secure instant money. He could have struggled for years on the PGA Tour making the bare minimum, so this way he plays risk-free golf.
The Spaniard had no affiliations to the PGA or DP World Tour, and he adds intrigue to the field at massive odds.
“My position is that of a player who is not a member of the PGA Tour or the DP World Tour, and I have not earned money while I have been an amateur, so I can play in this league without problems,” Chacarra said.
He’s paying +6600 with the sportsbook and those odds shouldn’t be overlooked simply because it’s his first tournament as a professional. Just look at what Sahith Theegala has been doing on the PGA Tour, so Chacarra could live up to his potential and secure a mammoth payday.
The odds are too good to pass up.
Pick: Chacarra +6600