Eighteen LIV Golf members who will be warming up for next week’s PGA Championship are among the 48-man field for the circuit’s debut in Oklahoma at LIV Golf Tulsa this weekend.
Talor Gooch comes to his home state of Oklahoma having won both of LIV’s events in Adelaide, Australia, and Singapore last month. After becoming the first golfer in the brief history of the series to win back-to-back tournaments, he’s vying for a three-peat.
Cedar Ridge Country Club in the Tulsa area measures 7,213 yards and has a par of 70. It’s a tree-lined parkland layout that’s typical of a golf course in this part of the U.S. Based on LPGA events held there from 2004-08, the most telling statistic for the top finishers was Greens in Regulation.
Two wins took place on the other side of the globe, he’ll have the pressure of performing well in front of his family and friends in LIV Golf Tulsa this week. Having just one week off after those two wins means that Gooch might still maintain his hot streak, which would also make him a trendy pick at the PGA Championship next week.
Who won the last LIV event in the U.S. and is also the only other two-time winner in LIV history, is right with Gooch in the odds. Koepka’s finished in the top three in his last four events worldwide, including a runner-up at the Masters and third two weeks ago in Singapore.
Is the other top favorite. He posted two good results (fourth and seventh) in Australia and Singapore, and while he didn’t contend for a win, those results show an improvement from earlier in 2023, when he finished outside the top 25 in four of his first five tournaments this year.
Played well for 71 holes the last time he was in Oklahoma but faltered on the final hole of last year’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills and missed out on a playoff. He’s been sixth or better in three of his last four LIV starts and is tuning up for next week’s major.
May not have the accuracy needed to contend here, but the Spaniard plays well when he feels slighted—and given that he’s not eligible for a major for the first time since 1999, Garcia may have a massive chip on his shoulder. He’s also coming off a playoff loss to Gooch in Singapore.
Is second in the LIV Golf standings but hasn’t won yet on the circuit. His worst finish this year is 11th and, like Gooch, is returning to familiar territory as an Oklahoma State University product.
It’s hard to bet against Gooch going for three in a row at nice odds, and the same goes for Brooks Koepka. We don’t think Cameron Smith is there yet, but Pereira is worth a shot given that he ranks first in LIV in Greens in Regulation.
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