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LIV Golf returned to US shores earlier this month, as Bryson DeChambeau returned to form and got the job done West Virginia. This week LIV Golf heads to New Jersey, where an event will be held at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.
The field is always high-quality when it comes to LIV Golf, as plenty of golf’s big guns jumped ship when the opportunity to do so arose. That means that the betting is usually competitive, which makes finding the winner tough. However, competitive betting means the opportunity to snuff out a couple at decent prices, so let’s see if we can do that here.
What is Each-Way Betting?
Before we go any further, for any golf-betting newbies, let’s look at what each-way betting is. Each-way betting is a very popular form of betting when it comes to golf. Most golf bets tend to be each-way bets, that’s just how it is.
For anyone not in the know, an each-way bet is merely two bets rolled into one. One of those bets will be on a golfer to win, while the other will be on the golfer to fill one of the allotted places. To finish “placed” a golfer usually needs to fill one of the first five or six spots, though the number of places change depending on the bookmaker used and the tournament itself. For some tournaments, bookmakers will pay ten place, but typically it’s five or six. Ahead of this LIV Golg event, most firms are offering five places on each-way bets, while Boylesports are paying six.
If you have an each-way bet on a golfer who wins, you’ll win both parts of the bet. If the golfer does not win, but finishes in one of the allocated places, such as fifth, you’ll lose the win part of the bet, but win the place part of the bet. The place part of an each-way bet typically pays out at one quarter or one fifth of the full odds.
Let’s look at a quick example of an each-way bet. Say you have £10 each-way on Cameron Smith to win the LIV Golf Bedminster event. Your total stake will come to £20 (£10 to win, £10 to place). Should the Aussie win, you’ll win both bets, obtaining a full payout, which in this case would be £140. Why would it be £140? Well, you’d get £10 at 10/1 for the win bet, which pays £110. For the place bet, you’ll get £10 at 2/1 (2/1 is one fifth of 10/1), which pays £30. If Smith fails to win, but places, finishing say third, you’ll lose the win bet, but win the place bet, meaning that you’ll get £30 in return. Again, this is because you get one fifth of the full odds, which in this case would be 2/1. £10 at 2/1 returns £30.
Each-Way Betting Tips
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into which golfers appeal as each-way plays ahead of this week’s action in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Patrick Reed @ 16/1 (Boylesports, six places)
Patrick Reed is a player who is yet to win since joining LIV Golf, but he’s performed as if his time in the sun is about to arrive in recent months. The man who famously spearheaded the US attack on route to success at the 2016 Ryder Cup finished fourth in Orlando back in early April, while he backed that effort up with a third-place finish in Adelaide in the next event. 14th and 12th place finishes in Singapore and Tulsa followed, before the 33-year-old really came to life in both Andalusia and London, making back-to-back top-five finishes.
The way the American played on his way to finishing second in London really did highlight a player getting back to somewhere near his best after a few years in the golfing wilderness.
Something that has often counted against Reed is his lack of distance off the tee compared to some players, but that shouldn’t be a problem at this venue. What will be a problem for others is Reed’s wondrous work with the putter. Few can get the flat stick going as well as the former Masters champion, who is second to only Cameron Smith in the LIV Golf putting standings, when he’s on it, which he has been in recent weeks.
Talor Gooch @ 16/1 (10Bet, five places)
Talor Gooch has well and truly found the winning formula since making the switch to LIV Golf and I just cannot go against him here all the time while 16/1 is available. Frankly, such odds are too generous given that this man has been in superb form this season, winning not one, not twice, but thrice.
Interestingly, none of Gooch’s three LIV Golf wins have come on US soil, but we ought not to be put off by that stat. After all, the rapidly improving player put on a decent show only narrowly miss out on a top-10 finish in West Virginia last week, while he finished in the top ten at this event last season when not in anywhere near the same form as he has been this time around.
Driving accuracy may prove to be critical at Bedminster, so it bodes well that Gooch ranks inside the top five for driving accuracy in LIV Golf this season, while he ranks third for scrambling, which is another stat not to be ignored. This highly consistent performer ticks plenty of boxes and has the tools to unlock yet more success in New Jersey. Whether that’s winning or going close, I’ll be on each-way.
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