The breakaway LIV Tour stays in America to visit Donald Trump’s backyard at Bedminster in New Jersey after Bryson DeChambeau’s spectacular victory at Greenbrier last week.
The big-hitter closed with a memorable round of 58 and heads into the 11th tournament of the season as 17/2 favourite.
|What||LIV Golf Bedminster|
|Where||Old Course, Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey|
|When||Friday 11th August - Sunday 13th August|
|How to watch||LIV Golf app|
|Odds||Bryson DeChambeau 17/2, Cameron Smith 10/1, Brooks Koepka 12/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Talor Gooch 14/1|
The Old Course at Trump National is 7,524 yards long and that should again play into the hands of big hitters as strong, straight drivers tend to flourish.
That was the case 12 months ago when Henrik Stenson, fresh from being deposed as European Ryder Cup captain following his LIV defection, claimed a victory in his first tournament.
The Swede claimed a two-shot success over Matthew Wolff and Dustin Johnson and is 33/1 to bag a repeat success.
Johnson will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 32nd at Greenbrier last week, but he has claimed a victory at Tulsa this term and is 14/1 to secure another title.
Meanwhile, Chile’s Mito Pereira, who was Dechambeau’s closest challenger last week, is 14/1 to claim what would be his first triumph on the LIV Tour.
Battle will commence on Friday with golfers playing a total of 54 holes. There is no cut and the players all start together with a shotgun start, with a first prize of £4million awaiting the winner.
A combination of strong driving and solid putting should be the recipe for success on the course that contains three par-fives, 11 par-fours and four par-threes.
Former Open champion Stenson won last year with a total of 11-under par on the course that was designed by Tom Fazio and hosted the 2017 US Women’s Open.
The 14th is a long par three measuring 251 yards and that is followed by the longest par five, which weighs in at a hefty 596 yards.
There is a chance there will be a few showers during Saturday’s second round, while temperatures are set to peak at around 31C.
Former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau seemed to have been on the verge of collecting his first LIV title for a few weeks before he made mincemeat of Greenbrier, improving on his Saturday 61 by three shots in his closing round.
He was fourth at the US PGA Championship in May and that spurred him on to some solid performances, with an 11th spot in London the worst of four LIV appearances before last week’s victory.
Trump National is another course where DeChambeau’s power off the tee should be a big asset and even though he is not as muscular as he was a couple of years ago, he can still give it a hefty clout off the tee.
Having set the record for a single round on the breakaway circuit, he simply cannot be ignored at 17/2 this week.
Talor Gooch has established himself as one of the LIV’s strongest performers and he found Bedminster to his liking last year as he carded a second-round 64 that helped him finish sixth.
Since then he has tasted victory in Adelaide, Singapore and Andalucia, and his confidence should still be high after his seventh spot at Greenbrier last week, when he carded rounds of 64 and 65 before fading on Sunday.
That would have lifted his spirits after he missed the cut at The Open and it would be no surprise if he makes another strong challenge at 14/1.
Matthew Wolff showed a welcome return to form at Greenbrier after some recent struggles with his mental health, as he finished tied for third.
He had started the year with three top-ten finishes, but his following five efforts were poor and included a withdrawal in Washington.
That left some questioning his application, but he answered his critics with an opening 61 last week.
Having finished second in this tournament last year, closing with a 64, he could be worthy of interest at 33/1.