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LIV Golf Tulsa preview: Talor Gooch going for a hat-trick

The LIV circuit rolls into Oklahoma this week for LIV Golf Tulsa, where several players will be warming up for next week's US PGA Championship.

WhatLIV Golf Tulsa
WhereCedar Ridge CC, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Oklahoma
WhenFrom 18:15, Friday 12th May 2023
How to watchLIV Golf Plus app & Youtube
OddsTalor Gooch 10/1, Brooks Koepka 10/1, Cameron Smith 11/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Joaquin Niemann 16/1

Three former PGA Championship winners are teeing up in this week's LIV Golf Tulsa event looking to secure a morale-boosting victory before the second Major of the season.

Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer and Brooks Koepka will all be at Oak Hill, Rochester, New York for the US PGA - an event in which they have thrived in the past.

Mickelson is 52, but he proved his incredible longevity by winning a second US PGA title in 2021, 16 years after he first won the tournament. He also tied for second place in the Masters last month, so the veteran will not feel he is an also-ran for Oak Hill.

Kaymer has only just returned to action after a long spell on the sidelines injured. The German, PGA champion in 2010, is easing his way back after wrist surgery and is an outsider to make an impact over the next fortnight.

Koepka is the man that PGA punters will have most of an eye on during LIV Tulsa. The four-time Major champion has twice won the PGA and appears to have got back to his best.

He tied second alongside Mickelson in the Masters last month and will feel confident that he can make an impact at Oak Hill as well.

Koepka is 10/1 for LIV Tulsa and having just turned 33, he can boast four top-fives in the last eight PGAs.

There is $20m of prize money up for grabs at LIV Tulsa, with $4m going to the winner. A field of 48 goes to post over three days, with everyone teeing off at the same time. Cameron Smith (8th) is the highest-ranked player in the field.

Standard each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places, are available for LIV Golf Tulsa, as well as alternative options, like a fifth the odds, first eight, in the Each Way Extra section.

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LIV Golf Tulsa course details

Cedar Ridge Country Club, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a 7,213-yard, par-70, with two par-fives, 12 par-fours and four par-threes. Tripp Davis redesigned the course in 2016.

A creek runs through this perfectly manicured layout and the greens are undulating. This is a tough par 70 and the forecast for some fierce Friday winds should make for a challenging round one. There is rain expected on Sunday.

This is a stiff test of ball-striking, with four tough par-threes and some long par-fours, so birdies may not be as plentiful as they usually are on the LIV circuit.

Three to follow

Talor Gooch

The 10/1 about Talor Gooch winning a third consecutive LIV Golf event this week has been popular. It is easy to see why the most in-form player on the circuit is being supported.

Gooch has just triumphed at two less suitable tracks - in Adelaide and Singapore - and this week he tees up on home turf.

Gooch is an Oklahoma man who knows the Cedar Ridge venue better than most of the field and given his spectacular form in Adelaide and Singapore, there is every reason to believe the local hero will be a leading contender again.

Charles Howell III

The 20/1 for Charles Howell III may appeal to some as an each-way investment. Howell, like Gooch, is a former Oklahoma State University stud.

This dynamic duo will be thrilled to be back in the Sooner State and both are playing well enough to make a significant impact.

Joaquin Niemann

It is surprising that Joaquin Niemann is yet to get off the mark on the LIV circuit.

The Chilean, one of the best players in the world, will be eager to make his breakthrough and Cedar Ridge seems the sort of layout where he could thrive. He is 16/1 for Tulsa glory.

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