While a handful of LIV Golf pros will be tuning up for next week’s Masters tournament, their focus will also be on the $4 million prize awaiting the winner of LIV Golf Orlando, the series’ third event of 2023.
Charles Howell III and Danny Lee have won the first two events of the season, but as has been the case for Mayakoba and Tucson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, and Joaquin Niemann come to Florida as the betting favorites.
LIV Golf will be teeing it up on the Crooked Cat course at Orange County National. The course in Winter Garden, Florida—a suburb of Orlando—held a Korn Ferry Tour event in 2020 and routinely hosts PGA Tour Q School. The course has more of a links feel than the Panther Course at the same facility, featuring wide-open, undulating fairways and grass bunkers.
Howell and Lee’s victories earlier this year provided good value, as they were +4500 and +7500, respectively, going into the two events. Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith (+1100) are co-favorites. Johnson won a Q School event here in 2007. Johnson improved from 37th at Mayakoba to 13th in Tucson, but he doesn’t yet appear to be playing at the level that he was in 2022. Smith was sixth in Mexico but 26th in Tucson.
Competed in the Korn Ferry Tour event at Orange County National and finished 38th. He’s also coming off a sixth-place finish in Tucson.
Followed up his win in Mexico with a fifth-place finish in Tucson, and he leads the LIV standings after two events. Carlos Ortiz (+2000) is second in the standings after losing to Lee in a playoff and coming in ninth at Mayakoba.
Has been a factor at the Masters several times, and he’s getting back into form. He also reached the playoff in Tucson and is strong on links-style courses, having won the 2010 Open Championship and setting a 54-hole record at the 2021 Open before faltering in the final round.
Has great value for someone who has flirted with victory so many times on the LIV tour. His runner-up at Mayakoba was already his third such finish in the brief history of LIV, and he was still able to finish in the top 10 in Arizona despite a rough second round.
Has made the most of his maiden season in LIV, scoring top-five finishes in both events so far this year. Steele isn’t competing in the Masters, so his sole focus will be on the course in Orlando this week.
We’re going to zero in on not quite as longshot golfers as we saw win at Mayakoba and Tucson, but we’ll get some value by backing Ortiz, Oosthuizen, and Uihlein this week.
|GOLFERS||ODDS TO WIN 2023 LIV GOLF ORLANDO|
|Charles Howell III||+1800|
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