LIV Golf London Team Odds: Rosters and Format for First LIV Golf Event
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LIV Golf Team Odds
*Odds courtesy of PointsBet
LIV Golf, led by CEO Greg Norman, will kick off its LIV Golf Invitational Series this week at Centurion Golf Club in London, England.
Players in the field for the first event include Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Talor Gooch, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na. More players, including Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau, are expected to join the tour in the coming weeks.
One of the “innovative” additions the LIV Golf Invitational Series is introducing is a team format.
Of course, there has always been the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup in professional golf. Even the Zurich Classic has had two-man teams at their event the past few years, but never have there been teams with made-up team names, along with an individual tournament, in professional golf.
With 48 players in the field, there were 12 captains who each made three picks to complete teams of four via a snake draft. The captains are the players with the 12-highest official world golf rankings.
Each team’s two best scores will count for the first two rounds. The three best scores will count for the third round. The first seven events will be 54-hole, no-cut tournaments. The last event will be a four-round matchplay bracket.
Players will be paid out for both individual and team performance.
Got it? Sweet, let’s get into the teams.
1. Majesticks +400
Oddsmakers must love the camaraderie this team is expected to have as all four players hail from England. They also have a home-field advantage playing in London this week. U.S. fans still have some nightmares from watching Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter play team golf together. Can they rekindle the magic?
2. 4 Aces +475
It should be no surprise that Dustin Johnson’s team is billed as the favorite. Johnson is the highest ranked player according to OWGR in the field and is the odds-on favorite to win the first event.
3. Stinger +500
Henni du Plessis
Another team of fellow country men, this team should have the most recognizable names of any of the 12 teams. Oosthuizen has been a consistent contender in majors, Grace has also contended in majors and Charl Schwartzel is a Masters winner.
4. Torque +625
This is an intriguing team made up of a couple of recent PGA Tour winners in Gooch and Swafford. Ogletree was the U.S. Amateur runner-up, but hasn’t found much success as a professional. Otaegui has won three times on the European Tour.
5. Iron Heads +1000
Na has had a lot of PGA Tour success despite no major victories. The other three are successful Asian Tour players.
6. Niblicks +1000
McDowell is a major winner, but hasn’t played great in years. Wiesberger is a very successful European Tour player. Pettit won the 2021 NCAA Men’s individual. A formidable grouping, but I don’t know what a Niblick is.
7. Hy Flyers +1200
Everybody will be interested to see how Mickelson performs after a very long layoff. This team, however, appears like it will struggle. Harding is a fine player on the European Tour, Chantananuwat is a heralded amateur player and Koepka mostly only has this opportunity due to his last name.
8. Cleeks +1100
Kaymer hasn’t played good golf in years. Larrazabal has had recent success on the European, but this team doesn’t have much punch.
9. Crushers +1400
Bland has had quite a bit of success over the past year and Uihlein has long been billed as a rising star who hasn’t lived up to his potential.
10. Smash +1400
I got nothing.
11. Punch +2000
Ormsby has had some success on the European Tour and Jones has won a PGA Tour event within the past 14 months. Not a bad two to have at the top.
12. Fireballs +2500
Well, with Garcia as the captain you cannot say this team isn’t properly named. Puig is coming off a loss to Texas in the NCAA Men’s Team Final and Piot also just finished up a college season.
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