LIV Golf Bedminster Odds; 9/11 Family Protests Continue

Written By Evan Scrimshaw on July 25, 2022
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With the upstart LIV Golf Tour rolling into New Jersey for its third event, the new entrant into the golf space is bringing some big names and lots of controversy with it as LIV rolls into the Garden State. DraftKings Sportsbook is offering LIV Golf odds in some states.

Meanwhile, the PGA TOUR will be in Detroit this week, with Patrick Cantlay atop Rocket Mortgage Classic odds.

LIV Odds Odds: Bedminster

PlayerDK Odds
Dustin Johnson+500
Talor Gooch+1000
Bryson DeChambeau+1200
Abraham Ancer+1200
Louis Oosthuizen+1200
Brooks Koepka+1800
Patrick Reed+1800
Kevin Na+1800
Sergio Garcia+2000
Branden Grace+2000
Paul Casey+2000
Jason Kokrak+2200
Charles Howell+2500
Carlos Ortiz+3000
Bernd Wiesberger+3500
Pat Perez+3500
Matthew Wolff+3500
Sam Horsfield+4000
Ian Poulter+4000
Matt Jones+4500
Charl Schwartzel+4500
Lee Westwood+4500
Hennie du Plessis+4500
Justin Harding+5000
Henrik Stenson+6500
Peter Uihlein+6500
Laurie Canter+6500
Graeme McDowell+7000
Martin Kaymer+8000
Richard Bland+8000
Jinchiro Kozuma+8000
Scott Vincent+8000
Yuki Inamori+10000
Sadom Kaewkanjana+10000
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra+10000
Shaun Norris+10000
Hudson Swafford+10000
Hideto Tanihara+13000
Phil Mickelson+15000
Ryosuke Kinoshita+15000
Phachara Khongwatmai+15000
Wade Ormsby+15000
James Piot+15000
Jediah Morgan+20000
Travis Smyth+20000
Chase Koepka+30000
Turk Pettit+30000
David Puig+70000

Top Of The Board

Unsurprisingly, Dustin Johnson is the favorite this week after an T6 at St. Andrews last time out. Talor Gooch, Bryson DeChambeau, Louie Oosthuizen and Abe Ancer follow in the next tier. Oosthuizen has been playing well, with a T10 in London and a T5 in Portland in two LIV starts.

Behind them is Brooks Koepka at +1800, an interesting price given he has the talent to be in the tier with Bryson and the form of the guys much worse than him. An Open Championship missed cut is the latest ignominious result for Brooks, who is the same price at Patrick Reed and Kevin Na.

Middle Tier

Behind them are Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III, two of the new debutants this week, at +2200 and +2500 respectively. Kokrak has had a middling season on the PGA Tour so far, but he did win twice last year and has shown he can outduel top talent in taking down Jordan Spieth at Colonial last year.

Carlos Ortiz at +3000 and Matt Wolff at +3500 are both interesting, given their good results at LIV Portland and their raw talents. Wolff especially has all the tools to succeed, but he’s been plagued with inconsistency in recent years. If he has found something, he could be in play.

Longer Shots In LIV Golf Odds

Justin Harding at +5000 is a decent price, given his T8 finish in Portland. If he can roll some putts this week, he might be competitive. Hennie du Plessis at +4500 came in second and Peter Uihlein at +6500 finished T3 at the London event, so they’ve at least flashed something in recent weeks.

Phil Mickelson is at +13000, not that his play this season has left any realistic scope for a contending finish, let alone a win.

9/11 Families To Continue Protests

With the event being held in New Jersey, and being held at a property owned by former President Donald Trump, the simmering controversy around LIV golf, their Saudi financiers, and the families of those who died on 9/11 is intensifying this week.

Trump himself explained why the victims’ families would have a problem with this in a 2016 interview with Fox News, “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It was Saudi. Take a look at Saudi Arabia … The people came, most of the people came from Saudi Arabia. They didn’t come from Iraq.”

Given that LIV is funded through an arm of the Saudi government investment fund and has no significant investment coming from outside the Saudi government at this point, Trump’s hosting fee is coming from the Saudi Arabian government’s own pockets.

“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of ground zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” the group 9/11 Justice wrote to to Trump. “It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain. We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us.”

Media have been willing to ask tough questions of the players before these events, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood being asked if they would play in a golf tournament hosted by Vladimir Putin before the inaugural event, and with Bryson DeChambeau saying that “hopefully, people will see the good they’re doing and what they’re trying to accomplish, rather than the bad that’s happened in the past.”

Protests took place at the first stateside LIV event in Portland last month, but with the proximity of Bedminster to the site of the tragic events, the stage is set for an increasingly large controversy.

With the event in New Jersey this week, it will be hard to see how golfers will be unable to avoid being asked about whether they feel comfortable taking Saudi money when they’re playing golf so close to the site of such a formative and tragic moment in recent American history.

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