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LIV Golf Greenbrier preview: Greenbrier expected to suit Cameron Smith

The LIV Golf circuit is back in action, this week in West Virginia for LIV Greenbrier and last year's Open Championship winner Cameron Smith is a warm favourite.

LIV Golf has been touring Europe this summer, with an event at Valderrama in Spain followed by one at the Centurion in England, but Dustin Johnson and Co are back in America this week for LIV Golf Greenbrier.

WhatLIV Golf Greenbrier
WhereOld White, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
WhenFrom 18:15, Thursday 4th August 2023
How to watchLIV Golf Plus app
OddsCameron Smith 8/1, Brooks Koepka 11/1, Bryson DeChambeau 12/1, Patrick Reed 14/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1

This is the first LIV gathering in the United States since LIV DC at Trump National at the end of May. This week's venue is the Old White, which hosted the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour for many years.

There are 48 runners going to post this week, chasing a $4million prize.

Cameron Smith won the last LIV event - at the Centurion - and the Australian is a popular 8/1 chance for back-to-back success.

Smith's form dipped in the wake of him becoming Open champion last summer, but in recent months he has got back to the level which earned him the Claret Jug.

Smith has dropped to eighth in the world rankings, despite a solid 2023 Majors campaign in which he finished ninth in the US PGA and fourth in the US Open.

The lack of world ranking points for LIV events means the super-talented 29-year-old is probably in a false position in the rankings.

US PGA champion Brooks Koepka can be backed at 11/1 to add the LIV Golf Greenbrier title to his already impressive 2023 haul.

Koepka won LIV Golf Orlando in April before starring in the Majors, finishing runner-up in the Masters prior to his US PGA Championship glory.

Bryson DeChambeau has been getting back in the sort of form which won him the US Open in 2020.

The Californian has slimmed down, but retains great length off the tee, powering his way to fourth place at the US PGA and DeChambeau is 12/1 to win his first LIV title on Sunday.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for LIV Golf Greenbrier, along with alternative options like a fifth the odds, the first eight places, and a seventh the odds, the first ten.

LIV Golf Greenbrier course details

The Old White at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is a 7,292-yard, par-70, with two par-fives. It staged the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour from 2010 through 2019. There was no event in 2016 due to flooding.

Every event at this flat, fairly straightforward resort course had a winning score of double-figures under par. The layout lends itself to precise operators, with tree-lined fairways and relatively small greens.

Danny Lee, Kevin Na and Joaquin Niemann all won on the PGA Tour at Old White and are teeing up in LIV Greenbrier.

Hot, humid and calm conditions are forecast, with thunderstorms potentially arriving on Friday

Three to follow

Patrick Reed

Captain America, as he used to be known in his Ryder Cup days, can make an impact in this week's LIV Greenbrier. Patrick Reed had a solid record at this course on the PGA Tour and seems in good enough form to contend there this week.

The 14/1 about Reed could be popular, given that he is a nine-time PGA Tour champion with four top-five finishes on the LIV circuit this year.

Joaquin Niemann

The last Greenbrier Classic at Old White was won by Joaquin Niemann, who romped to a six-shot victory for a maiden PGA Tour title, and the Chilean youngster can be backed at 16/1 for a repeat success this week.

Niemann has Greenbrier form figures of 29-5-1 - he loves this venue - and he has been in decent nick in recent times, so an overdue LIV triumph could be on the cards.

Talor Gooch

The 16/1 about Talor Gooch seems likely to be popular given he has won three times this season - in Adelaide, Singapore and Andalucia. Gooch has transformed his bank balance with a series of superb performances.

The Old White is a layout which rewards tee-to-green precision, something Gooch has built his career on, so a fourth LIV title seems entirely feasible.

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