Top Three Favorites for LIV in Boston Over Labor Day Weekend

Media by Associated Press: Jason Kokrak hits off the first tee during the second round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2022.

After a month off, the LIV Golf Invitational Series is back at the beginning of September with its fourth event of the year. The 48-man field remains in the Northeast with the LIV Golf Invitational Boston at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts. Tournament play begins on Friday, September 2nd, and ends on Sunday, September 4th.


The format of the tournament remains the same, with 12 teams of four players competing for individual and team purses. Over the first two days of the tournament, the top two scores from each team add to the team tally, while three scores contribute during the final round.


Through the first three events, the series has been dominated by international players. South African golfers Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace won the first two events, with Norway’s Henrik Stenson taking home the title at Bedminster. 


Outside of rumors, we don’t know the names of the seven golfers announced for next week’s event, but let’s take a look at three of the top favorites heading into the tournament.


Jason Kokrak


Kokrak made his LIV debut at Bedminster in July, finishing 29th after a three-day score of 4-over. The Ohio native is no stranger to winning, picking up three worldwide events in 2021 and eleven since turning professional. Kokrak was a three-time winner on the PGA Tour before making the jump to the LIV.


The 33-year-old is one of the most successful golfers in the field and should improve his finishing position in his second event since joining. Kokrak has the skillset to find himself on the front page of the leaderboard on Sunday and put himself into contention to win the event.


Dustin Johnson


D.J. was the biggest name to come forth when the original LIV field was released but the two-time major winner and he continually improved his finishing position in each of the first three events. Johnson, a former No. 1 ranked player in the world, has 28 career victories worldwide.


The 38-year-old has cracked the top 10 in all three tournaments, highlighted by a third-place finish in New Jersey in July. Johnson has also been apart of the winning team in the last two events. D.J. is second on the LIV points list with 54.


Kevin Na


Na is another golfer who was one of the original players to make the jump to the LIV Series. The 38-year-old was a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, and his best finish at a major came in 2016 when he finished solo seventh at the U.S. Open. Na teamed up with Kokrak in December of 2021 to win the QBE Shootout, his last professional victory.


Na hasn’t quite found his footing yet on the LIV Series, his best results coming in Portland when he finished 13th. His other two starts have resulted in 36, and 39th place finish, not what you want to see out of one of the top-ranked golfers on the circuit. Na has an excellent chance to change that narrative at The International next week.

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