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LIV Golf Singapore - Koepka Can Seal the Deal

Written by: Matt Cooper
Published April 26, 2023
11 min read
  • After a successful debut in Australia LIV Golf heads to Singapore
  • Host venue Sentosa is well-known to many in the field
  • Cameron Smith is the tournament favorite

LIV Golf Singapore Odds

Odds taken from bet365

PlayerOdds
Cameron Smith+1100
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Brooks Koepka+1200
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Dustin Johnson+1400
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Joaquin Niemann+1600
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Patrick Reed+1400
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Talor Gooch+1600
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Abraham Ancer+1800
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Mito Pereira+2000
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Peter Uihlein+2200
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Charles Howell III

+2500

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LIV Golf Singapore Picks and Predictions

LIV Golf Singapore Predictions

The LIV Golf Singapore Profile

There is no doubt that 2023 has seen a big increase in LIV Golf’s determination to push the team aspect of their new format.

In the inaugural year, the organization was more or less making up the team competition rules on the fly.

However, since New Year, the team results are granted top status on the website, ahead of the individual scoring.

And last week in Adelaide it seemed to work with the crowds getting behind the concept and also lapping up the party hole, the loud music, the heavy drinking, and the excitement of watching top Aussie golfers in person.

This week might be different because Singapore is a more sedate venue, one which might not welcome such excitable behavior.

But don’t forget what we saw in Australia: It might well be the future of LIV Golf.

Course Report

Sentosa Golf Club has been a regular host of the Singapore Open throughout most of the 21st century and as such many in the field have experience of it.

The Serapong Course has grainy greens and plays to a par of 71 that stretches to 7,406 yards.

Six of the 11 par-4s are in excess of 444 yards and 10 of the holes are well protected by water hazards. It suits high-quality ball strikers who hit the ball a decent distance without losing accuracy.

The Favorites

Last week Cameron Smith got off to a slow start, carding an opening 69 that left him outside the top 15 but he closed with two 66s for third place, his best finish of 2023.

He has no course experience but he did begin his career on the Asian Tour and has nine top 10s there in 17 starts.

Brooks Koepka followed up his win in the Orlando event at the end of March, his second LIV triumph, with second place at the Masters, and perhaps he was suffering a hangover when he finished 11th last week in Adelaide.

He is relatively inexperienced in Asia but he is a two-time winner on the Japan Tour.

Was Dustin Johnson’s second-round 65 last week a sign that he has finally found some form in 2023?

It was only his fifth start of the year and his best 18-hole score as he finished 10th. He’s playing the course for the first time.

A word about Chile’s Joaquin Niemann who might be trading on his 2022 reputation.

He opened 2023 with two top 10s but since then has played three LIV events and failed to make the top 30 once.

Koepka Can Seal the Deal

Brooks Koepka has ended eight of his last 10 rounds of golf inside the top three and there are excuses why he didn’t in the two exceptions.

He was top three all week when winning LIV Orlando, then top two all week when contending (and finishing second) at the Masters.

Last week he opened with a 69 to lie 17th - perhaps understandable after the big week at Augusta National.

He then responded with a 65 to lie second again, albeit like the rest of the field somewhat adrift of the runaway leader (and eventual winner) Talor Gooch.

Pushing for the win and responding to the low round the day before he ended the week 11th

But he remains in fine form - back him each way with Caesars Sportsbook offering +1200 (five places).

Westwood Can Revive Memories

England’s Lee Westwood has struggled for form throughout 2023 but he has broken 70 in three of his last six rounds and started that run with a 66 to open LIV Orlando just two starts ago.

He now gets the chance to return to a very happy hunting ground.

He visited Sentosa three times between 2005 and 2007 and every time he landed a top 10 (second-eighth-fifth).

He’s also just a very good golfer in Asia with no less than 13 wins in the continent.

A win looks beyond him but maybe not a top 10 finish which bet365 price at an attractive +550.

DJ Spinning Again

Are the Prices Currently Right for Dustin Johnson?

While it is true that he is not in great form this season he has still finished top 10 in his last two LIV starts.

In all, he has eight top 10s in 11 starts on the circuit.

Last week he looked increasingly impressive when finishing 65-67.

He has the length for this week’s test and the ball-striking skills too.

He has nothing to be afraid of on a track that in many ways resembles Doral in Florida where he has finished first, second and fourth.

He can be backed at +105 to make it nine LIV top 10s.

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How to Watch the LIV Golf Singapore

  • Tournament: LIV Golf Singapore

  • Location: The Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore

  • Date: FRIDAY APR. 28 - SUNDAY APR. 30

  • How to watch: FRIDAY-SATURDAY on The CW App. SUNDAY on The CW Network. And all three days on LIV Golf Plus.

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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]

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