The second LIV Golf Series Invitational event is set to get underway later this week at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. The rival league to the PGA Tour has been making waves in recent weeks, signing big name after big name to showcase in this 48-man field, 54-hole style event. There are also still plenty of questions about who might be the next PGA member to leave for the LIV.
While the number of competitors remains the same as the first tournament in London, the players have changed. Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz and Matthew Wolff have all joined the LIV Golf Series. Each had previously won on the PGA Tour and decided to make the change.
They will face the likes of Charl Schwartzel, who was victorious in the inaugural event, Phil Mickelson and two-time major Sportsbook Dustin Johnson.
Johnson is the favorite to win the LIV Golf event in Portland as he comes in as a +700 favorite at Sportsbook. According to our odds calculator, the American has a 12.5 percent chance to claim victory and potentially lead his team to both titles just as Schwartzel did a few weeks ago.
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In order to do so, players must conquer Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club just outside Portland, Oregon. Playing to a par 72, this venue will feature a composite course based on the two golf courses they have on the property. This will not be the first time we have seen Pumpkin Ridge GC as it has previously hosted women’s U.S. Opens, U.S. Amateurs and even a PGA Tour event.
It measures nearly 7,700 yards and will force players to hit into certain sections of fairways. Because of this, long iron competence will be key in unison with overall ball-striking prowess.
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Odds as of June 29 at Sportsbook
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LIV Golf Series Invitational – Portland Expert Selections:
Talor Gooch +1400 to win
The 30-year-old struggled in his LIV Golf debut but was still able to finish inside the top 10, signaling just how good he really is compared to his counterparts. He followed up that performance by missing the cut at the U.S. Open by a single stroke at the Country Club.
Despite missing out on the weekend, Gooch posted +2.19 strokes gained approach per round as his iron play looked sharp his last time out. That is Gooch’s bread and butter – before his departure from the PGA Tour, he was considered a top-20 approach player in the world.
If his short game is able to bounce back in Portland as it did in his T-20 finish at the PGA Championship or his T-27 at the Charles Schwab Challenge just last month, he should have a realistic opportunity to claim this title.
Sam Horsfield +2500 to win
The young Englishman has not played all too often in 2022, but when he has, he has contended for numerous trophies. In fact, just looking back to the first LIV Golf event in London, Horsfield was right in the mix heading into the final nine holes and eventually fell just short to Schwartzel, finishing in solo fifth place.
Like Gooch, Horsfield followed up this performance by playing at the U.S. Open, where he missed the cut despite his iron play shining. The 25-year-old posted +1.14 strokes gained approach per round but was unable to get anything going on the greens of the Country Club.
The Sportsbook of the Soudal Open on the DP World Tour in mid-May and a top-five finisher at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, Horsfield’s game has been on full display this year. Possessing plenty of power from off the tee, if he is able to harness this energy for good and consistently find the short grass, Horsfield will be a factor once again.
Peter Uihlein +5000 to win
Uihlein was Schwartzel’s closest competitor for most of the London LIV event and ultimately finished in solo third behind Schwartzel and Hennie du Plessis. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is obnoxiously long off the tee, so the 7,700 yards of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club should pose no issues for a player of his caliber.
His start at the Centurion Club was his last competitive outing, yet before that he had shown some flashes of brilliance, so it did not come as a surprise. Uihlein finished second on the Korn Ferry Tour at the end of March and carried this into back-to-back made cuts on the PGA Tour.
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He is clearly a player who is capable of keeping his foot on the gas when amid some solid form, so he makes for our last outright wager for the Portland LIV Golf event.