Last week, Brooks Koepka became the first repeat winner of the 2023 LIV Golf Jeddah event when he claimed victory in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This week, the 4 Aces look to do the same at the LIV Golf Team Championship in South Florida. Check here the 2023 LIV Golf Miami Odds, Teams & Betting Prediction.
While the 4 Aces, captained by Dustin Johnson, weren’t as dominant as they were a year ago, the team once again earned the No. 1 seed for this event. Overall, they were one of three teams to score two team wins this year. Joaquin Niemann’s Torque GC led the league with four wins.
The winning team will get a $14 million prize. $8.4 million will go into the team coffers, while each winning participant will receive $1.4 million. This is a bit of a downgrade from the $4 million that each player won in this event last year.
The Blue Monster course at Doral in Miami will play host to the event. The course is a par 72 and measures 7,510 yards in length.
The course was a PGA Tour stop from 1962-2006 (Doral Open) and then hosted a WGC event from 2007-16. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was a three-time winner of the Doral Open, and both Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed won the WGC tournament here—along with being a part of the winning team in last year’s event. Others playing this weekend who have logged top-five finishes here include Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, and Louis Oosthuizen.
Of the 12 teams competing, the top four in the standings will receive a bye and will not play Friday. Seeds 5 through 12 will compete in match-play competitions (two singles and one foursomes) to determine who will advance. On Saturday, the top-four seeds will hand-pick who they will face from Friday’s winning teams in another day of match play.
On Sunday, the four remaining teams will play in a three-tier stroke-play competition to determine the champion. The other eight teams will also compete for positioning in the final standings.
The 4 Aces (+325) isn’t as large of a favorite this year, but they are still favored to win. Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed are proven winners at Doral, and Pat Perez delivered on Sunday last year to help secure the championship. We’ll see if switching out Talor Gooch for Peter Uihlein will pay off. After leaving the Aces, Gooch went on to win the LIV Golf individual championship as part of the Rangegoats.
We’ll consider the next three in the odds as the Aces’ biggest challengers, given that they have a bye in the first round. We start with the Crushers, who are at +375. Bryson DeChambeau’s team is perhaps the hottest team coming into the tournament. Despite finishing fifth last week, the Crushers’ worst finish over the prior three events was second. Anirban Lahiri has been solid all year (three top-five finishes), and Charles Howell III won the first event of the season and has been strong as well. Paul Casey is the wild card on this team.
The Rangegoats (+400) added Gooch, which propelled them to one win and a fourth-place finish in the standings. Harold Varner III added a win to go with Gooch’s three this year. The liability here is captain Bubba Watson, who pulled out just one top-10 finish this year and was 36th in the individual standings, which was the second-worst captain performance to Phil Mickelson’s 39th-place finish.
Torque (+525) could be the best complete team in the field, as they won four team titles without the benefit of having an individual tournament champion this year. Joaquin Niemann and Mito Pereira lead the team in power off the tee, and this could be one of the most cohesive teams on the circuit. Colombian Sebastian Munoz added four top-five finishes this year, and Spaniard David Puig had a couple of top-10 results.
The Fireballs (+1100) also have an argument for the circuit’s hottest team coming into the finale. Sergio Garcia’s team won last week’s team competition in Jeddah and was second the time before that in the LIV Golf Chicago. Garcia was fifth last week while Abraham Ancer is coming off three straight top-15 results.
Ripper (+1500) is the new name of last year’s Punch team that took the 4 Aces to the final round. Captained by Cameron Smith, we’ll see how the Australian responds after two poor finishes kept him from winning the individual title last week in Jeddah. Marc Leishman has played well as of late, scoring three top 10s and two podium finishes in his last five starts.
Smash (+1600) is captained by Brooks Koepka, who won twice on this circuit this year, along with the PGA Championship. The problem with this team is that it’s top heavy. Jason Kokrak and Matthew Wolff combined for just four top-10 finishes this year, and Chase Koepka performed so poorly that he will be relegated from the LIV circuit in 2024.
The all-European Cleeks (+2500) is worth a look at the long odds. Richard Bland has been on a nice run as of late, posting five consecutive finishes inside the top 15, with a best result of third. However, Graeme McDowell and captain Martin Kaymer will have to step things up.
By sitting out an entire round of the tournament, the winners here should come from the top-four, but the odds don’t dictate taking all four. Of the teams earning a bye, we like the 4 Aces and Torque. Further down, we’ll back the Fireballs and Ripper, as the all-Aussie team will be gunning for the title after last year’s close call.
Here are the latest odds from JazzSports for the 2023 LIV Golf Miami Team Championship.
|ODDS TO WIN 2023 LIV GOLF MIAMI TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
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