When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
Odds from bet365. Note that not all bookmakers are offering odds on LIV Golf and some states are limiting options too. BetRivers, bet365, and Caesars Sportsbook have priced it up and these states are permitting wagers at DraftKings: Arizona, Connecticut, Wyoming, Oregon, and Illinois.
With the PGA Championship taking place next week there will be high excitement among the LIV golf membership.
Ahead of the first major championship of the year, the Masters at Augusta National, there was much speculation that they would struggle at the highest level off the back of so little action in the first three months of the year.
And yet, in actual fact, Brooks Koepka led for most of the tournament before finishing second alongside fellow rebel Phil Mickelson while Patrick Reed shared fourth.
It was a fine effort and they will be keen to build on the momentum built there and maintained when the circuit enjoyed its most successful week in Australia.
If nothing else the names around Cedar Ridge Country Club are superb.
The course was designed by Joe Finger, in the township of Broken Arrow and has a Betty Billy Bunker system.
More seriously, it is a tree-lined parkland layout that plays to a yardage of 7,213 and a par of 70.
It was host to an LPGA event between 2004 and 2008 and players who hit lots of greens in regulation triumphed four times out of five.
It’s also worth noting that Oklahoma has a deserved reputation for blustery and sometimes high wind.
After his near miss in the Masters Brooks Koepka will be keen to sharpen his game ahead of the PGA Championship - indeed, victory the week before Augusta was the method of that attempt to claim a fifth major.
He finished third last time out, in Singapore, and has been in the top three with 18 holes to play in each of his last four starts, eventually earning a trio of top-three finishes including that win.
Talor Gooch is among the hottest golfers on the planet right now having claimed victories in both of LIV’s post-Masters events in Adelaide and Singapore.
Can he claim the hat trick on home soil?
Born in Midwest City in Oklahoma, he also attended Oklahoma State and was 20th when the PGA Championship was held in the state last May.
The Aussie Cameron Smith has found his form since the Masters, finishing third down under and then challenging for the title before finishing seventh in Singapore.
He’s a fine performer in wind and finished 13th in that Oklahoma major last year.
Oklahoma, of course, sits right above Texas.
The Lone Star State has always been something of a golfing micro-climate, one in which some golfers thrive and others, well, don’t.
Those golfing conditions are much the same in Oklahoma: windy, tree-lined, and fast-running.
One man who this should suit is Jason Kokrak who has top 20 finishes on five different Texas courses.
Moreover, in 2021, he was a winner at both Colonial and Memorial Park.
His best LIV finish on U.S. soil was on a layout like this week (in Boston) and he was sixth last time out in Singapore.
The clincher? At the top of his game he hits a lot of greens in regulation and did so in both those Texas wins.
Back him each way with bet365 offering +2800 (five places).
It’s probably safe to say that Matthew Wolff will be pleased to see LIV return to America.
In six starts on home turf he has never finished worse than 16th with a best of second and he was also fifth last time he was in the States last month.
In Asia and Australia, by contrast, he is 0-for-3 at landing a top 40.
As a former student at Oklahoma State he has even more reason to be pumped about this week and he’s already said he’s looking forward to “feeling the love” from the galleries.
Abraham Ancer is another option as a former Cowboy but the Mexican is yet to hand a top five finish on LIV while Wolff has two.
Back the American each way with bet365 at +2800 (five places).
Let’s stick with the theme of Oklahoma State Cowboys and look to someone who can set the pace on Friday.
Spain’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra was both a surprise call-up for LIV and also a very unlikely winner last year in Bangkok.
He struggled a bit afterward but recorded is best finish since then when 13th in Singapore.
Moreover he secured that top 20 with a superb final round of 64.
“Playing golf at Oklahoma changed my life,” he said two weeks ago. “Tulsa is like my second home and it means a lot to return there.”
He can be backed at +4500 in bet365’s first round leader market.
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
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.