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Sergio Garcia each way at +2000 with BetMGM
Lee Westwood each way at +3300 with BetMGM
LIV Golf journeys to new ground this week with a visit to Thailand ahead of its return to its financial and spiritual home of Saudi Arabia next week.
The two tournaments are the sixth and seventh of the inaugural season and represent the end of the regular stage of competition because the final event, in Miami, will be a team event only.
So this week and next the players will be chasing the final two massive paydays of the year.
And for most of the Americans in the field it will be something of a change from the norm because very few of them are experienced in Asia.
Stonehill Golf Club is the plaything of Thailand’s second richest man and he charged the reknowned architect Kyle Phillips with the job of creating a worthy test.
Wealthy men tend to associate size with prestige and so it is maybe no surprise that the course plays very long.
Whether organizers push the tee boxes back on every hole every day remains to be seen.
But they have the capacity to provide a very long golf course.
In fact, it stretches to 7,891 yards on the card with no less than six of the par-4s around 500 yards and three of the four par-5s over 600 yards.
Last time out the Aussie Cameron Smith added victory on his second LIV start to the three 2022 wins he collected on the PGA Tour so there is no doubt that he’s been one of the hottest golfers of the year.
He’s also got a lot more experience of playing golf in Asia than you might expect at first glance because he started his career on the Asian Tour.
He hasn’t won there yet, but he has landed nine top 10 finishes in just 16 starts in the continent.
The man challenging him for favoritism, Dustin Johnson, is less experienced in Asia.
He was a regular visitor to the WGC HSBC Champions event in China, and even won it in 2013, but the hot and humid conditions of Thailand will be new to him.
With his prodigious length from the tee he will be very well suited to the course and he hasn’t finished outside the top two in the last three LIV events.
Chile’s Joaquin Niemann is one of the more surprising players to have joined LIV.
A winner this year on the PGA Tour, he has opened his rebel career with fourth and second so he deserves to be the third favorite this week.
On the other hand, this will be his first competitive visit to mainland Asia (he’s played in Japan three times with a best of 10th).
Sergio Garcia has made poor starts in every single LIV event so far and it’s entirely possibly that the stress and controversy surrounding the circuit gets to him.
But once he’s in the thick of the action he’s actually played some very good golf.
This week there may be three reasons why he can improve on last time out when he raced home for fourth place in Chicago.
First of all, being in Thailand, and being the sixth event, there will be less fuss beforehand which means less worry and fewer questions.
Secondly, he knows all about playing in Asia and has won in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea and, yes, Thailand.
Thirdly, it is the Open de Espana this week. It’s not an event he often plays but the knowledge that golf goes on back home might just put the bit between his teeth.
Take him each way in the outright at +2000 with BetMGM which pays out five places.
So far the LIV wins have been spread out across the world: two for South Africa, one each for Sweden, the United States and Australia.
Can Lee Westwood land a win for Britain this week?
He certainly knows how to win in these conditions having twice lifted a trophy in Thailand in the past to go alongside three in nearby Indonesia.
He’s also in fine form.
He’s not finished outside the top 15 in his last four starts, a run that started with sixth in Bedminster, took in fourth at Boston and he was 13th last time out in Chicago.
His deep knowledge of how to play golf in this part of the world could pay big dividends this week.
Take him each way with BetMGM offering +3300.
|Tournament||LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok|
|Location||Stonehill Golf Club, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Time||Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9|
|How to watch||All three days on YouTube and the official website.|
Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics. Email: [email protected]More info on Matt Cooper
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