LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah Picks

By Tom Wilkinson

Dustin Johnson is favored to win this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah that begins on Friday in Saudi Arabia. This will be a 54-hole event with normal scoring and no cut and also include team play. Johnson and World No. 2 Cameron Smith are the biggest names on the LIV Golf Tour. Johnson has already wrapped up the LIV Golf Individual title for this season but second and third place are still up for grabs. Johnson pocketed $18 million for finishing first in the individual standings, while second place will pay $8 million and third place pays $4 million. There are a total of 48 players in the field for this event that will also include team play. LIV Golf has had a very good inaugural season and they LIV Golf League will launch in 2023. There will be 48 players and 12 established teams that will compete in 14 events next year.


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Tournament Notes: This event takes place at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club which is a par 72 that measures just over 7,000 yards. The course is located in King Abdullah Economic City which is just outside of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Keep in mind that the final event of the season will be the LIV Golf Invitational Miami Team Championship event at the end of this month. That event will feature a three-day, knockout tournament featuring match play and stroke play, as teams compete for a $50 million dollar purse. Johnson’s 4 Aces GC team is in first place. The top four teams receive a day one bye at the season-ending event in Miami.


LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah Odds


Dustin Johnson 5-1

Cameron Smith 6-1

Joaquin Niemann 9-1

Patrick Reed 16-1

Talor Gooch 18-1

Paul Casey 18-1

Harold Varner III 20-1

Bryson DeChambeau 20-1

Abraham Ancer 22-1

Brooks Koepka 22-1

Louis Oosthuizen 22-1

Sergio Garcia 25-1

Charles Howell III 28-1

Matthew Wolff 28-1

Lee Westwood 40-1

Marc Leishman 40-1

Branden Grace 40-1

Jason Kokrak 40-1

Anirban Lahiri 45-1

Ian Poulter 50-1

Kevin Na 50-1

Carlos Ortiz 50-1

Matt Jones 55-1

Peter Uihlein 55-1

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra 55-1

Henrik Stenson 55-1

Cameron Tringale 60-1

Charl Schwartzel 65-1

Sam Horsfield 70-1

Richard Bland 80-1

Laurie Canter 80-1

Phil Mickelson 80-1

Pat Perez 85-1

Bernd Wiesberger 95-1

Johnson is once again favored this week, but keep in mind that although he won the season championship, he has only one win on the season. Smith also has one win. There have been some lesser known players win on the LIV Golf Tour from time to time, including Eugenio Chacarra last week.


LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah Picks


Dustin Johnson 5-1


I said last week that I don’t like betting golf favorites because they don’t win enough to be profitable, and Johnson didn't win last week. Johnson has already clinched the individual points title so he should be playing free and loose this week. He has won twice at Royal Greens in the past and he holds the course record of 61 that he set in 2019. I usually like to avoid favorites, but Johnson has done so well in Saudi Arabia that he is worth a look this week.


Joaquin Niemann 9-1


I think this could be the week that Niemann gets into the win column on the LIV Tour. Length is not critical this week and Niemann has had enough time to get his feet wet in LIV. I think he is out to prove he is one of the top players on the Tour and he needs to get a win this week.


Talor Gooch 18-1


Another player who is overdue to win on this tour is Gooch. He came over early on and really hasn't contended that often. He has the game to do really well on this course and we get a nice price.


Paul Casey 20-1


Casey has played pretty well on this course in the past with a 12th place finish last year and he was 24th earlier this year. Casey is another player who hasn't lived up to his reputation so far on the LIV Tour and he needs a big week.


Sergio Garcia 25-1


Garcia is a player who does well on this course and he could challenge for the win this week. He finished sixth on this course in 2020 and we know he can beat the best players in the world.

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