LIV Golf Invitational Miami leaderboard and odds – how things stand after day 1

LIV Golf Invitational Miami leaderboard and odds – how things stand after day 1
Oct 20, 2023; Doral, Florida, USA; Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the LIV Golf Miami golf tournament at Trump National Doral. Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA - Photo by Icon sport

The quarterfinals of the LIV Team Championship at Trump National in Doral, FL, was headlined by six-time major winner Phil Mickelson’s Hyflyers, eliminating five-time major champion Brooks Koepka’s Smash Golf Club.

Despite falling individually to Koepka, Mickelson’s squad took the victory and advanced to the semifinals. We will dive into many other matches and share the results from Friday’s action.

The semifinals are slated for Saturday, and the finals will be played on Sunday.

LIV Golf Invitational Miami leaderboard

Hyflyers 2, Smash 1
Brooks Koepka, Smash def. Phil Mickelson, HyFlyers, 6 and 4.
Cameron Tringale, HyFlyers def. Jason Kokrak, Smash, 2 and 1.
James Piot and Brendan Steele, HyFlyers def. Chase Koepka and Matthew Wolff, Smash, 1 up.
Fireballs 2, Majesticks 1
Henrik Stenson, Majesticks def. Sergio Garcia, Fireballs, 1 up.
Eugenio Chacarra, Fireballs def. Sam Horsfield, Majesticks, 6 and 5.
Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz, Fireballs def. Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Majesticks, 4 and 2.
Cleeks 2, Rippers 1
Cameron Smith, Rippers def. Martin Kaymer, Cleeks, 19th hole.
Richard Bland, Cleeks def.Marc Leishman, Rippers, 4 and 3.
Graeme McDowell and Bernd Wiesberger, Cleeks def. Matthew Jones and Jediah Morgan, Rippers, 21st hole.
Stinger 3, Iron Heads 0
Louis Oosthuizen, Stinger def. Kevin Na Iron Heads, 5 and 3
Branden Grace, Stinger def. Scott Vincent Iron Heads, 2 and 1.
Dean Burmester and Charl Schwartzel, Stingers def. Sihwan Kim and Danny Lee, Iron Heads, 2 and 1.

Leaderboard courtesy of the Associated Press.

Memorable moments from the quarterfinals

The matches from day one at the LIV Golf Team Championships provided plenty of drama.

Hyflyers upset Smash (2-1)

Former world No. 1 Koepka maintained a steady 1 up lead over Mickelson after playing six holes. He then dominated by capturing four of the next five to easily take care of business.

It appeared Smash was headed for the quarters before Cameron Tringale defeated Jason Kokrak 2 & 1. The American sunk a clutch birdie from distance on No. 18 to win. Kokrak struggled down the stretch, finding the water hazard on two occasions.

Michigan State product James Piot and veteran Brendan Steele finalized the elimination for Koepka’s team by defeating his brother Chase (Koepka) and Matthew Wolff 1 up. Piot and Steele earned the lead with a birdie on the par-3, 13th, and never looked back, tying the remaining seven holes.

Graeme McDowell, Cleeks take care of the Rippers (2-1)

The three-time LIV winner and 2022 Open Champion, Cameron Smith, narrowly defeated Germany’s Martin Kaymer on the 19th hole. The Australian held a significant three-hole advantage with three holes left before Kaymer put on a charge, tying things up after regulation. Smith birdied the extra hole (par-5 10th) to end the deadlock.

Richard Bland tied things up for the Cleeks after defeating Smith’s fellow Aussie Mark Leishman, 4 & 3. Bland, an Englishman, led the entire match after taking an early three-hole lead after five holes.

McDowell and Bernd Wiesberger secured the Cleeks’ spot in the semis after taking down Matt Jones and Jediah Morgan in a thrilling bout that lasted 21 holes. The Northern Irishman, McDowell, drained a 20-footer for birdie on the third hole of the playoff, locking in the win.

Oosthuizen, Grace and Stinger dominate Iron Heads 3-0

The Stingers Golf Club, composed of four South Africans, swept Kevin Na’s team to reach the semifinals.

In the first singles match, Oosthuizen defeated Na in a battle of captains 5 & 3. The 2011 Open Champion closed out his front nine with four straight victorious holes and kept his foot on the gas to secure the victory

Branden Grace, a two-time winner on LIV, came back from 1 down to win four of the final five holes en route to his point.

Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and Dean Burmester defeated Danny Lee and Sihwan Kim, 2 & 1, to complete the sweep. After trailing early in the contest, the Stingers bounced back and won four out of seven holes to take a commanding advantage.

Abraham Ancer and the Fireballs edge out the Majesticks 2-1

Fireballs’ captain Sergio Garcia won three of the first six holes against Henrik Stenson (captain) and seemed on his way to a singles victory. The Swede, Stenson, mounted a furious comeback, and a closing birdie on 18 earned the Majesticks a point.

Garcia’s fellow Spaniard and teammate, Eugenio Chacarra, routed Sam Horsfield 6 & 5 to tie the team outing up at 1-1. Chacarra won five of the first six holes on his way to the triumph.

Mexican duo Ancer and Carlos Ortiz beat the English pair of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, 4 & 2, in a back-and-forth match to earn their team a place in the semifinals. A birdie on the 18th for the Fireballs broke the hearts of Stenson’s Majesticks.

Semifinal matchups


Updated odds to win LIV Golf Invitational Miami

  • 4 Aces: +333
  • Crushers: +400
  • Rangegoats: +500
  • Torque: +500
  • Fire Balls: +600
  • Stinger: +600
  • Cleeks: +1000
  • Hy Flyers: +1400

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