The third LIV Golf Invitational Series event is set to get underway later this week at Trump National Bedminster in Bedminster, New Jersey. The rival league to the PGA Tour has been making waves since its inaugural event in London and this week will be no different as it features its second tournament in the United States with plenty of fresh faces.
The 48-man field will participate in a 54-hole style event with a shotgun start and a team portion to the tournament. Charles Howell III, Paul Casey, Jason Kokrak and Henrik Stenson will be making their LIV Golf debuts as they have recently jumped from the PGA Tour.
They will join the likes of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen, who have notched top-10 finishes in both of the first two LIV Golf events. Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace will attempt to win their second LIV Golf tournament and with it an additional $4-million grand prize.
Johnson is the favorite to win LIV Golf Bedminster as he comes in at +550 at Bodog after contending over the weekend at The Open Championship. Our odds calculator gives the two-time major champion a 15.4 percent chance to finally raise an LIV Golf trophy after being close on two occurrences.
For Johnson to do so, he will need to conquer Trump National Bedminster, which plays to a par 71 and measures nearly 7,600 yards. Designed by acclaimed golf architect Tom Fazio, Trump National boasts numerous water features and will cater to those players who possess a perfect blend of distance off the tee and precision with their irons.
LIV Golf Series Odds - Bedminster
Odds as of July 26 at Bodog
LIV Golf Invitational Series – Bedminster Expert Selections:
Branden Grace +2200 to win
He has been the best performer in the LIV Golf Series, finishing T-3 at the London event and going on to win the event in Portland. Since then, Grace has played in the Scottish Open where he finished in a tie for 24th at the Renaissance Club.
He gained strokes throughout the entirety of his bag, including nearly three strokes off the tee. This part of the game will be crucial at Trump National Bedminster given the length of the property. The South African should continue his success on this circuit if his driver continues to cooperate, which I expect it will.
Jason Kokrak +2500 to win
The three-time winner on the PGA Tour will be making his LIV Golf debut this week and he couldn’t have handpicked a better course for his statistical profile. Long off the tee and competent with the putter in hand, Kokrak should love his chances at Trump National Bedminster.
While he struggled to end his PGA Tour career, there were signs of Kokrak returning to his winning ways. He had gained strokes off the tee in every start since the beginning of April and his short game was starting to turn the corner. All that is left is for Kokrak to find a semblance of his approach play, which could very well happen this week.
Charles Howell III +3500 to win
Like Kokrak, Howell is set to make his first LIV Golf start at Trump National Bedminster. Before this transition, he was performing quite well on the PGA Tour with a T-13 finish at the John Deere Classic and a T-18 result at the Memorial.
The Oklahoma State product has been striking the ball beautifully over the last month. He is averaging nearly six strokes gained on the field in his last three starts through a well-rounded effort from tee to green and the occasional strong putting week. He has not won on the PGA Tour in quite some time, but the 54-hole nature of LIV Golf may be more suitable for a player like Howell.
Henrik Stenson +8000 to win
The Swede missed the cut in his last start at The Open, but actually struck the ball quite nicely. Posting +0.31 strokes gained off the tee per round and +1.32 strokes gained approach per round, Stenson should take confidence from his performance around the Old Course.
Before this, he had finished T-2 in an event on the DP World Tour and captured a couple of top-20 finishes on the PGA Tour. While Stenson does clock in at 46 years of age, the 2016 Open winner still has plenty of game and may impress in his LIV Golf debut.
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