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LIV Greenbrier Predictions: Munoz Can Fly High

Written by: Matt Cooper
Published August 1, 2023
13 min read
  • In-form Aussie Cameron Smith heads the betting
  • Brooks Koepka has finished top 30 in every LIV event in 2023
  • Three players in this week’s field are course winners

LIV Greenbrier Odds

Odds from bet365

Player

Odds 

Cameron Smith

+750

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Brooks Koepka

+1200

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Bryson DeChambeau

+1200

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Patrick Reed

+1400

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Dustin Johnson

+1400

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Joaquin Niemann

+1600

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Talor Gooch

+1600

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Sebastian Munoz

+1800

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Harold Varner III

+2200

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Sergio Garcia

+2200

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LIV Greenbrier Picks and Predictions

LIV Greenbrier Predictions

LIV Greenbrier Intro

After enjoying a successful fortnight in Europe - a run that included big crowds at Valderrama in Spain and at the Centurion Club in England - LIV Golf returns to the United States of America.

This week’s host course, The Old White at The Greenbrier, was used for nine editions of the Greenbrier Classic earlier this century on the PGA Tour.

It was a popular event but one that mostly catered for the middle-ranking performers so, at the top end at least, this might be the best field it has hosted.

The Old White at The Greenbrier Winners

Year

Champion and the winning score

2019

Joaquin Niemann (Chile) -21

2018

Kevin Na (U.S.A.) -19

2017

Xander Schauffele (U.S.A.) -14

2016

Canceled due to flooding

2015

Danny Lee (New Zealand) -13

2014

Angel Cabrera (Argentina) -16

2013

Jonas Blixt (Sweden) -13

2012

Ted Potter (U.S.A.) -16

2011

Scott Stallings (U.S.A.) -10

2010

Stuart Appleby (Australia) -22

The Old White Course Notes

  • The Old White is a par 70 that plays to a yardage of 7,286
  • First built in 1914 the course was renovated in 2016 after storm damage
  • It has wide, tree-lined fairways and large, undulating greens
  • The resort sits at 565m above sea level
  • Sam Snead, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino have all been the resort’s pro-emeritus

Favorites to win the LIV Greenbrier

Cameron Smith (+750)

The Aussie’s defense of the Claret Jug at the Open never got out of second gear but before then he landed a first win of the year at LIV London and that was an eighth top 12 finish in a row, a run that included two top 10 finishes in major championships. He should also have good memories of the course because he carded a second round 64 there when 24th in 2019.

Brooks Koepka (+1200)

No course form for the PGA Championship winner to fall back on and he, too, had a difficult time of it at Royal Liverpool in the Open. He did make the cut but limped home in 64th which was a first failure to finish in the top 20 since the start of April. That run has seen him land one win and another three top five finishes in seven LIV appearances.

Bryson DeChambeau (+1200)

Yet another who didn’t quite fire on the linksland of Hoylake two weeks ago and this track ought to be much more his style. He was second at the start of last month in LIV Valderrama, one of three top five finishes this year as he seeks to land a first win anywhere in the world since early 2021.

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Munoz Can Fly High

Take note of the detail in the course notes: The Greenbrier Resort sits at over 550 meters above sea level and as such altitude is something of a factor.

True, it is not as significant as when the DP World Tour heads high into the Alps or when the Barracuda Championship is held in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

But caddies will tell you that 500 meters equates to about 5% of extra distance for every shot.

Some golfers can cope with that tweak and others get flummoxed by it.

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz has played at altitude all his life - in fact, he broke through on the second tier by winning at home in sky-high Bogota, he added two top three finishes at altitude in Mexico, and he’s finished third and seventh here at Greenbrier.

On that first occasion, he was leading after 18, 36 and 54 holes.

Back him each-way at +1800 with Caesars Sportsbook paying out five places.

Smith on a Roll

As a backup to Munoz, take the favorite to win.

Smith was superb in his victory at the Centurion Club and his troubles on the links should be no great surprise - his win last year was something of a bolt from the blue in such conditions.

This week will be more to his liking and he hinted as much in the effort mentioned above - moreover, he was a good golfer then and is a world-class one now.

He even said ahead of the Open that he’s a better golfer now than last year and added: “It all came together in London.”

Take him to win at +800 with bet365’s enhanced win-only odds.

Niemann Can Ride the Memories

Back in 2019, Joaquin Niemann took advantage of hailing from the highest country in the world (Chile) to land a first PGA Tour win at The Greenbrier.

It was an impressive one too with rounds of 65-62-68-64.

He’s a high-quality player who has not quite fired this year - what he needs is something to fire his best golf and a return to a course with good memories is the ideal place for that to happen.

A win might be a stretch, but he can land a top 10.

Take bet365’s offer of +120.

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How to Watch the LIV Greenbrier

  • Tournament: LIV Greenbrier
  • Location: The Old White at The Greenbrier, U.S.A.
  • Date: FRIDAY AUGUST 4 - SUNDAY AUGUST 6
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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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