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LIV Golf London Team Odds: Rosters and Format for First LIV Golf Event

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LIV Golf Team Odds

Team Odds
Majesticks +400
4 Aces +475
Stinger +500
Torque +625
Iron Heads +1000
Niblicks +1000
Hy Flyers +1200
Cleeks +1100
Crushers +1400
Smash +1400
Punch +2000
Fireballs +2500

*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

Ian Poulter
Lee Westwood
Sam Horsfield
Laurie Canter

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

Dustin Johnson
Shaun Norris
Oliver Bekker
Kevin Yuan

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

Louis Oosthuizen
Henni du Plessis
Charl Schwartzel
Branden Grace

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

Talor Gooch
Hudson Swafford
Adrian Otaegui
Andy Ogletree

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

Kevin Na
Sadom Kaewkanjana
Hideto Tanihara
Viraj Madappa

Na has had a lot of PGA Tour success despite no major victories. The other three are successful Asian Tour players.

6. Niblicks +1000

Graeme McDowell
Bernd Wiesberger
Turk Pettit
Oliver Fisher

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

Phil Mickelson
Justin Harding
TK Chantananuwat
Chase Koepka

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

Martin Kaymer
Pablo Larrazabal
JC Ritchie
Ian Snyman

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

Peter Uihlein
Richard Bland
Phacara Khonwatmai
Travis Smyth

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

Sihwan Kim
Scott Vincent
Jinichiro Kozuma
Itthipat Buranatanyarat

I got nothing.

11. Punch +2000

Wade Ormsby
Matt Jones
Ryosuke Kinoshita
Blake Windred

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

Sergio Garcia
David Puig
James Piot
Jediah Morgan

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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