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LIV Golf heads to Greenbrier this weekend as the battle for the top spot in the overall individual standings heats up. With just five events left in the calendar, Talor Gooch is still on top of the pile although Cameron Smith has brought the gap down to just seven points following his victory at LIV London last month.
It’s been four weeks since the last LIV event and meaning many of the tour’s players could come into this one a little rusty. The situation is slightly different for the likes of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson who competed at the Open Championship a fortnight ago, however, after no one in LIV gave a great account of themselves around Royal Liverpool there will be plenty of incentive there for everyone in the field.
With a few hours to go until the action gets underway, here are some free tips and predictions ahead of LIV Greenbrier.
Best LIV Greenbrier predictions
Cameron Smith to win – 8/1
Despite his poor showing at The Open Championship, Cameron Smith is unquestionably the most in-form player in LIV Golf right now. After a slow start to the season, the Australian has really picked up his form over the three or four months which culminated in his one-shot victory at LIV London last month at Centurion Club.
The victory in London made Smith a two-time champion on the LIV Tour, something that is still somewhat of an exclusive club to be in. If he can find a victory this weekend in Greebrier, then he will join an even more exclusive club on three wins as Talor Gooch is currently the only man in LIV history to have won three separate events.
Going into Greenbrier, he is the bookmaker’s favourite and it’s easy to see why. Prior to his win in London, the signs were there that his game was back to his best as he enjoyed five consecutive top-12 finishes on the tour. What’s more, he secured a fourth-placed finish back at the US Open in June to make the rest of the golfing world aware that LIV Golf hadn’t impacted on his ability to compete at majors.
He has all the momentum with him heading into Greenbrier and we are struggling to be able to pick out anyone who has a chance of him adding another title to his belt this weekend.
LIV Greenbrier tip/bet: Cameron Smith has the best average finishing position of any player on LIV this season. The Aussie features friendly odds for a top-10 finish this week.https://t.co/LpRbxmbBld pic.twitter.com/RcNigWUlLW
— Lawrence Smelser (@LawrenceSmelser) August 4, 2023
Patrick Reed to finish in the top ten – 11/10
While Patrick Reed isn’t quite playing at the same level of Cameron Smith, there are flashes and signs that the American is getting back to his best. Since winning the Masters in 2018, Reed has perhaps flattered to deceive at times and often gotten bogged down in spats with other players.
Recently, however, there have been some mightily impressive performances from him with his short game in particular standing out. Reed has four top-five finishes in his last seven appearances in the LIV Golf Series and his first win on the Saudi-backed tour is surely just around the corner.
At LIV London, Reed narrowly missed out on the trophy by one shot with the win eventually going to Cameron Smith. He finished up in London with rounds of -6 and -7 and will be left rueing his disappointing showing on day one. If he can find consistency with his driver over all three rounds then a top-ten finish is an absolute guarantee given how elite his short game is.
Top English player – Paul Casey – 9/4
The LIV Golf Series hasn’t exactly gone well for English players since it launched in 2022 (ironically, in England). An Englishman is yet to win on the tour which perhaps isn’t all that surprising when you consider all of the Brits within LIV are all past their best.
One of these men is Paul Casey who at the start of the season looked like he was going to be a capable right-hand man to Bryson DeChambeau on Crushers GC this season. As things stand, Crushers are currently in fifth place in the team standings and have no real chance of winning the team competition, and Casey may feel responsible for that given his poor form.
So, why are we backing him to be the top Englishman this week, then? The reality is, the other Englishmen in the field this week are in even worse form and Casey at least has the temperament to not spiral out of control when things aren’t going well, something which can’t be said for the likes of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
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