It’s an interesting weekend as the LIV Golf tour heads to Chicago. Usually, there are a couple of weeks between LIV Events, but this past weekend over a dozen LIV members participated in the BMW PGA Championship as part of the DP World Tour.
It was an awkward past weekend at Wentworth, with some tensions high between DP World Tour/PGA Tour members and the LIV crew.
Things got even weirder when play was suspended after the passing of Queen Elizabeth, shortening the tournament to 54 holes – the same amount that anti-LIV people criticize the tour for having.
Shane Lowry won the BMW PGA Championship, but it was a good weekend for the LIV crew, with Talor Gooch finishing fourth, Patrick Reed fifth, and Lee Westwood 13th as part of six total LIV members within the top 20.
Here are the weekend favorites at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago.
Dustin Johnson +500
DJ continued his run of string play recently, picking up the win last time out in Boston. That follows a runner-up at Bedminster and a third place in the Portland event (as well as a sixth place at the Open Championship) which has Johnson atop the LIV standings with 94 points.
Johnson hit a 30-yard eagle putt in Boston to win the playoff over Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri. Johnson’s Four Aces also won the team event for the third straight tournament, so it was a cool $4.75 million payday for the 2X major champion. Johnson has won $7.7 million in four LIV events.
Cameron Smith +800
Smith made his LIV debut at Boston and was just one shot of the lead after round one. He fired out of the gate with an eagle and three birdies in his first eight holes, but he couldn’t recover from a 69 in the second round and finished the weekend T4.
Smith is still the world #3 and is expected to be in contention this weekend in Chicago, especially with an LIV tournament under his belt.
Smith wasn’t the only golfer making his LIV debut last week, with Niemann making the playoffs in his first event. That was a great performance from Niemann, considering he had just finished competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour and was playing for the fourth straight weekend.
Niemann did not play in the DP World Tour event last weekend, so he’s finally had some time off to recharge the batteries.
Patrick Reed +1400
Reed finished 31st at Boston and then went on for a T5 finish on the DP World Tour last weekend.
It’s still hard to justify Reed having the fourth highest odds this weekend with all the controversy surrounding him, including a $750 million defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel as well as some comments aimed at Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel at Wentworth.
Talor Gooch +1400
Rounding out the top five LIV betting favorites is Talor Gooch, who has won three straight team events as part of the Four Aces and finished fourth on the DP World Tour this past weekend even though Horschel said he shouldn’t be playing.
Gooch has finished in the top 10 in the four previous LIV events.