The debut of the controversial Saudi oligarch-backed golf tour will take place in London this week, with a field that includes many players that have left the PGA TOUR. As the North American standard for golf continues its tour with many big names at the top of RBC Canadian Open odds – perhaps playing in solidarity against its new rival – LIV golf odds are headlined by former Masters champion Dustin Johnson.
The event that will look different than the PGA TOUR – with only three rounds of play and shotgun starts in which the entire field tees off at the same time at different holes around the course. Click on the odds below if you are interested in betting now.
LIV GOLF ODDS – London
DraftKings’ theoretical hold for this market is more than 38%. In other words, if you add up the implied probability of all the outright odds, you will get around 134% and 138%, respectively. By comparison, Circa Sports has a theoretical hold in golf outrights of less than 15%. This is why it’s generally important to shop for the best price when betting golf odds across sportsbooks in your state.
This tournament will be played at the Centurion Club near London. The course is around 7,100 yards. The links-style course has bent grass greens.
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LIV golf also held a draft and assembled four teams. BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse are offering odds on this in Connecticut and Ontario. If you’re actually wanting a handicap on this, we don’t know what to tell you other than best of luck. These are the top-five teams on the odds board. The teams’ captains are in parentheses.
Andy Ogletree Makes Head-Scratching Comments
There are various levels of golfers in this field, and each will have to answer why they have decided to play in this new start-up league backed by Saudi oligarchs who have been accused of many human rights violations over the years, including the murder of a journalist.
For former U.S. amateur champion Andy Ogletree, he’s a player that failed to earn his Korn Ferry Tour card through Q-School this season and didn’t receive any sponsor exemptions into events. For a player like this, the reason to go to LIV is simple. He’s struggled to get starts on the Korn Ferry Tour – let alone the PGA TOUR. This is an opportunity to play and have a chance at making good money versus paying $1000 to enter a Monday qualifier.
If Ogletree had just said that in a recent interview, nobody would have thought any less of him. But whether it was his own opinion or talking points he was fed that followed, it was a lousy attempt at trying to glaze over the human rights issues of those funding this tour.
“Saudi Arabia is an ally of the United States,” Ogletree told Matt Adams. “I think people need to do a little more research on their own and not just listen to the media, because there’s a lot more out there than what’s being portrayed by the media.”
The mass execution of 81 people in one day, with some tortured into confessions, according to legal charity Reprieve. Women human rights defenders were subjected to judicially imposed travel bans following conditional release from prison, according to Amnesty International.
But when LIV tour commissioner Greg Norman sweeps the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under the rug by saying, “we’ve all made mistakes,” I guess this is par for the course now at LIV.