The first LIV Golf Series Invitational event is set to get underway later this week at the Centurion Golf Club in London, England. The rival league to the PGA Tour will showcase a 48-man field, but it will not be your standard stroke-play event we golf fans are used to.
This 48-man field has been divided into 12 teams of four as players participated in a draft Tuesday evening. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer and Talor Gooch were among those selected as captains and tasked with drafting three other players each to fill out their respective teams.
Former major championship winners Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell are also captains.
While there is a team portion to each LIV Golf event, for betting purposes we will only be interested in individual scores. As such, it is Dustin Johnson who tops the oddsboard at Bodog, with the 37-year-old listed at +400 to take home the inaugural title.
The two-time major champion has played sparingly in 2022 and was last seen missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
According to our odds calculator, Johnson has a 20 percent chance to win his first tournament in over a year – his last victory worldwide came at the 2021 Saudi International.
At the peak of his professional career only two years ago, Johnson went off at similar prices on the PGA Tour so it is nonetheless an interesting number for the first LIV Golf Series Invitational event. His game has since fallen off, but he most definitely remains the highest-quality player in the field.
LIV Golf Series Odds - London
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Odds as of June 8 at Bodog
LIV Golf Series Invitational – London Picks
Kevin Na To Win +1400
There are numerous unknowns in the first event, namely some of the players participating from the Asian Tour as well as the amateurs. Because of this, it is wise to stick with known quantities and before his jump from the PGA Tour, Na was enjoying a terrific season.
He is coming off a top-10 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge where he posted +2.08 Strokes Gained: Approach per round, his best performance since leading the field in that category at the Masters. This marked the sixth consecutive tournament in which he was able to accomplish such a feat.
During this stretch, he collected a T-14 finish at the Masters as well as a T-9 finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Those fields featured some of the best players in the world, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the downturn in quality competition allows Na to raise a trophy.
Matt Jones To Win +2500
The Australian has missed three of his last four cuts on the PGA Tour but his underlying metrics are strong. He posted +1.44 SG: Approach per round in two days at the Memorial Tournament and +1.70 SG: Approach per round en route to a T-12 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
His putter has been a sore spot for him as he has not gained strokes on the greens since his runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open the week before the Masters. Still, he remains one of the better players in this field and this price is a hair too long.
Off the tee he has been terrific as he has gained strokes on the field in six straight starts on the PGA Tour. With the entirety of his tee-to-green skill set looking sharp, merely an upturn in quality with his putter will allow him to start the LIV Golf Series on a high note.
Hudson Swafford To Win +5000
The former Georgia Bulldog is already a winner this year as he captured the American Express at the end of January. Despite the victory, Swafford checks in as one of the more volatile options as he misses cuts with some regularity.
However, the beauty of the LIV Golf Series is there are no cuts and with 54 holes of competition, Swafford should like his chances.
He has continued to strike his irons well and even posted +1.28 SG: Approach per round in his last start at Muirfield Village. Before that, his putter had become an ally and if it chooses to cooperate again, he will be a factor in London.
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