After a successful event that saw sold-out crowds for the first time on the LIV Golf tour, the circuit hops to Singapore for its fifth event of the season. They will be playing on back-to-back weekends for the first time this year and the second time in league history after doing so last year in Bangkok, Thailand, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here our LIV Singapore betting preview!
Talor Gooch is coming off a three-stroke win in Adelaide, where he had an incredible 10-stroke lead after shooting -10 in each of the first two rounds. Gooch took it easy on Sunday’s final round, shooting a +1 and winning the event by three strokes over Anirban Lahiri, who caught up eight strokes on the day with his 7-under in the final round.
In team play, the 4 Aces, the 2022 champions, won their first team competition of the season with all four members finishing in the top 10.
Unlike in Australia, where Cameron Smith and his Ripper GC team were the home-country favorites, there are no players from Singapore in the field. Kevin Na, Danny Lee, and Sihwan Kim of Iron Heads GC, however, could have a following given that they’re from nearby South Korea.
The Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club plays host to LIV’s debut in the country after it hosted the Singapore Open from 2007-22. Two players in the field—Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter—have won on this course and are among 17 of the 48 in the field who have experience here.
The seaside course is par 71 and measures 7,406 yards. Weather could be a factor, as thunderstorms are in the forecast each day with the greatest chance being on Sunday (84% chance of rain).
In the previous four LIV Golf events in 2023, the top-three favorites have not been in contention to win. Cameron Smith (+900) and Brooks Koepka (+1000) are the top two in the odds going into this tournament. Smith came in fourth last week in Adelaide for his first top-five of the year, but one has to wonder if there will be a letdown after a weekend of being in many high-profile situations in his home country.
Koepka had two great weeks earlier this month, winning in Orlando and then finishing second at the Masters, but he slumped to a 19th-place finish last week to go along with a 31st and 29th in his first two LIV events of the season. He has the talent to bounce back, but several others are in better form.
A trio of golfers are at +1200: Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Joaquin Niemann. Johnson finished 10th last week, giving him back-to-back top 10s, but he’s still yet to show the dominant form that he had in 2022. In fact, his 10th-place effort last week was the lowest finish of his four-man 4 Aces squad.
Reed is worth a look this week. He’s played on this course before and is coming off three top-four finishes: fourth in Orlando, fourth at the Masters, and third last week in Adelaide.
Niemann is certainly talented enough to win in this field any given week, but after opening the season with an 11th at Mayakoba, he hasn’t cracked the top-30 in the next three LIV events. We’ll wait on him until we see better results.
Talor Gooch (+1500) wasn’t challenged last week in his victory, so that could lessen the chance for a letdown this week. His best finish before last week was 14th, but Gooch was known for stringing together impressive results while he was on the PGA Tour.
Peter Uihlein (+2000) is poised for a breakthrough after several runner-up finishes last year, another at Mayakoba in the season opener, and no finish worse than 10th in 2023. Uihlein’s consistent effort has him atop the season standings despite not claiming a victory. That could change this week.
Sergio Garcia (+2000) was 14th last week but hasn’t put together strong results since joining LIV last year. Even though he missed out on a top 10 last week, he was consistent in shooting three-straight 68s, so that’s a good sign for the Spaniard. Having won on this course five years ago, he is set up for a strong finish here probably more than any other course on the circuit.
Is coming off two consecutive finishes inside the top seven. His accuracy off the tee has been a struggle, but wide fairways here at Sentosa could cut him a break.
Was runner-up in Orlando and has a game that suits the Serapong well—finding fairways off the tee and ranking high in greens-in-regulation on what is known as a second-shot course.
Others coming into Singapore in fine form are Cameron Tringale and Jason Kokrak, both of whom have odds of +3000. Tringale’s results have improved each week: he started with a 22nd at Mayakoba, followed up with a 16th at Tucson, 13th in Orlando, and was fifth this past weekend in Adelaide.
Kokrak, like Gooch, is a multi-time winner on the PGA Tour who can breakthrough at any time. He started the season slow but posted finishes of 12th and 11th in his last two outings. Kokrak, however, did miss the cut at the Masters in between those two events.
We see the trend of the top favorites not winning continuing here, but Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed at +1200 are those who could pull it off. Given that Gooch wasn’t challenged last week, we’ll back him, but we also think it’s Peter Uihlein’s time to get his first win. Two more with good value are Burmester and Munoz.
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