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LIV Golf Jeddah preview: Dustin Johnson primed for more Saudi success

The penultimate event of the LIV Golf season starts in Saudi Arabia on Friday morning – LIV Golf Jeddah – and the usual suspects have jetted to the Middle East looking for a bumper payday.

WhatLIV Golf Jeddah
WhereRoyal Greens Golf & Country Club
When10:15, Friday 13th October, 2023
How to watchLIV Golf Plus app
OddsBryson DeChambeau 8/1, Cameron Smith 11/1, Dustin Johnson 11/1, Talor Gooch 14/1, Joaquin Niemann 18/1

Bryson DeChambeau has been in imperious form in recent weeks and the former US Open champion is hunting further glory in LIV Golf Jeddah this weekend.

DeChambeau won the LIV Greenbrier event at the start of August in spectacular fashion, firing a final-round 58 to win by six shots, then he followed up with victory in LIV Chicago last time out, again delivering a sensational Sunday performance.

Plenty of punters will feel they need to get DeChambeau on their team for LIV Jeddah and the powerhouse can be backed at 8/1. His form is incredible – the man himself says he has never played better – but this week's venue has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for him.

DeChambeau finished sixth on his Saudi International debut in 2019, but was 18th on his second visit, then failed to make the weekend last year or this year. Big Bryson will not have a cut to worry about in LIV Jeddah – because there are no cuts on the LIV circuit – but he finished 21st of 48 in the inaugural edition of this event.

DeChambeau was left off the American Ryder Cup team, which was crushed by Europe the week before last, so the 30-year-old has a chip on his shoulder. DeChambeau, along with Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Talor Gooch all felt they had strong Ryder Cup credentials, but were ignored by Team USA captain Zach Johnson.

Brooks Koepka was the only LIV player who got to tee up in the Ryder Cup. The Floridian suffered an embarrassing 9&7 defeat alongside Scottie Scheffler against Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg in the Saturday-morning foursomes. Koepka bounced back with a singles victory over Aberg.

Cameron Smith, like DeChambeau, has also won two LIV titles this year. The Australian can be backed at 11/1 to complete a hat-trick in Jeddah. Joaquin Niemann, who is yet to get off the mark on the LIV circuit, is available at 18/1 for a breakthrough this week.

The final event of the LIV season is next week's LIV Golf Miami Team Championship. Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for LIV Jeddah, as well as alternative terms like a fifth the odds, the first eight.

LIV Golf Jeddah course details

Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, is a 7,010-yard, par-70, with two par-fives, 12 par-fours and four par-threes.

Dustin Johnson is the course-record holder, having carded a 61 in 2019. Royal Greens hosted the Saudi International for the first time that year and there has been a tournament every year since.

The inaugural LIV Golf Jeddah took place a year ago. Sunny and hot weather is forecast for all three days, with moderate breezes throughout. A field of 48 goes to post, with the winner banking a $4m cheque.

Three to follow

Dustin Johnson

Royal Greens has proved a piece of cake for Dustin Johnson in the past and the former world number one will be expecting to feast on birdies again. The two-time Major champion can boast Saudi International form figures of 1-2-1-8 – and he was fifth in the inaugural LIV Jeddah – so the 11/1 for this week has been understandably popular.

David Puig

Spanish youngster David Puig is starting to make a name for himself, greatly impressing on the Asian Tour in recent weeks, and the cocksure 21-year-old may prove an outsider to follow in LIV Jeddah. The 45/1 chance won in Singapore last Sunday by a five-shot margin and he is riding the crest of a wave. Maybe more silverware is coming.

Eugenio Chacarra

Another confident young Spaniard could also be worth following – the 60/1 about Eugenio Chacarra may tempt each-way punters. Chacarra won on the LIV circuit last year – LIV Bangkok – and he could be as potent in Saudi Arabia that he was in Thailand. He won on the Asian Tour in August.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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