Original Article Published 27 October 22
The finale to the LIV Golf season starts on Friday and finishes on Sunday - the LIV Golf Team Championship in Miami.
|What:||LIV Golf Team Championship Miami|
|Where:||Trump National Doral, Miami, Florida|
|When:||17.15, 28th October, 2022|
|How to watch:||livgolf.com or YouTube|
|Odds:||4 Aces 19/10, Crushers 15/4, Fire Balls 4/1, Smash 17/2, Stinger 17/2|
LIV Golf has made a significant impact on the game this year, luring some top-class golfers away from the PGA Tour, and traditionalists will be pleased to know that the LIV season is coming to an end. Cameron Smith and Co will be teeing up at Trump National Doral this week for the curtain-closer to LIV's controversial 2022 campaign.
There is a $50m prize fund for the LIV Golf Team Championship, with $16m going to the winning team. Each member of Sunday's triumphant quartet will pocket $4m for their troubles.
There will be 12 teams of four going to post in Miami, but four of those teams will not be seen in action until Saturday. The top four seeds - the 4 Aces, Crushers, Fireballs and Stinger sides - have been handed a bye straight through to Saturday's last-eight stage.
The four contests on Friday will consist of two singles matches and one doubles match (alternate shot). All matches will be played until a winner is identified, so teams will either win 2-1 or 3-0. Smash face Niblicks in round one, Majesticks play Iron Heads, Torque are up against Cleeks, and Hy Flyers tackle Punch.
The seeded teams will get to choose their Saturday opponents, so 4 Aces, captained by Dustin Johnson, will have first pick. The same format will be in play for Saturday - two singles and one doubles in each contest - with four teams progressing to Sunday.
On Sunday, the players from the four teams remaining in the competition all play 18 holes of strokeplay, with the total team score determining the LIV Golf Team Championship victors. The 4 Aces are 19/10 to take the title.
Crushers are next in the betting at 15/4. Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first three places are available.
Trump National Doral Golf Club, Miami, Florida, is a 7,545-yard, par-72, with four par-fives, ten par-fours and four par-threes.
It was nicknamed the Blue Monster when it hosted a PGA Tour event for many years. The Doral Open was there from 1962 to 2006, then the WGC-Cadillac Championship from 2007 to 2016. Gil Hanse remodelled the layout in 2014 and made it tougher, with winning scores of just four under, nine under and 12-under in the final three WGCs there.
This is a long track with water hazards lurking everywhere, but the forecast will encourage the players, with sunshine and light breezes expected for all three competition days, and pleasant temperatures peaking at 30C.
The 19/10 about the 4 Aces may interest plenty of punters, given how dominant they have been over the course of the LIV Golf season.
The 4 Aces team of Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez have played in six LIV events together, winning four of them. Their only defeats came in the Middle East legs of the schedule - Bangkok and Jeddah - but they have never failed in the United States.
Johnson and Reed have both won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral since it was redesigned by Gil Hanse - changes completed early in 2014 - so the 4 Aces also have a noteworthy course edge over the rest of the field.
Perhaps the 4/1 about the Fireballs is worth considering for punters who are not prepared to play the short odds about 4 Aces.
Fireballs will also be getting a bye to the last-eight stage - and they will probably prove tough opposition for anyone they face on Saturday. The team comprises two Spaniards and two Mexicans.
Team captain Sergio Garcia may opt to play himself and his compatriot Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra in the singles, allowing Mexican duo Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz to link up in the doubles.
Maybe the team most likely to overcome the lack of a top-four seeding to triumph is Smash, who can be backed at 9/1 for victory.
Brooks Koepka is the Smash captain, with his brother Chase, Peter Uihlein and Jason Kokrak completing the team. Brooks Koepka won the last LIV event in Jeddah, while Uihlein finished second, so that Florida-based duo give Smash a chance of beating anyone.