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Top 10 Players in the LIV Golf Field

The world of professional golf is undergoing a massive reshape with the creation of the LIV Tour. With a first field headlined by former world #1 Dustin Johnson, Johnny Covers takes a closer look at the top 10 players teeing it up this week. 
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Top 10 Players in the LIV Golf Field

The world of professional golf will venture into unknown territory this week as the LIV Golf Tour starts its journey at Centurion Golf Club outside of London. Backed by the Saudia Arabia government, LIV golf has attracted some big names due to the monster paydays players will receive. In addition to there being no cut and every player who enters guaranteed $120,000, the winner will take home double (~$4 million) the price money they do for winning a PGA Tour event. 

With a first field headlined by former world #1 Dustin Johnson, let’s take a closer look at the top 10 players teeing it up this week. 

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Top 10 Players in the LIV Golf Field

10. Hudson Swafford

Having won two times in the past two years, Swafford is a guy who has started to come into his own on the PGA Tour. Currently, #91 in the OWGR, the 34-year-old takes his talents abroad looking to capitalize on the highest earning potential of his career, making just under $10 million thus far in his eight-year career.

9. Branden Grace

With likely his best years on the PGA Tour behind him, Grace joining LIV doesn’t come as too much of a shock. A 23-time top 10 finisher on Tour, Grace likely competes early and often. 

8. Ian Poulter

Better known for his Ryder Cup prestige than his PGA Tour play, Poulter, is putting future Ryder Cup appearances on the line with the PGA’s repercussions unknown. Outside of that, this one is a no-brainer for the 46-year-old.

7. Lee Westwood

Also putting his future Ryder Cup eligibility on the line, Westwood has been one of the most vocal about making the jump. Turning 50 this year, Westwood will be on pace to make far more than any PGA Tour Champions run.

6. Matt Jones

An established top 100 player in the world, Jones is the biggest Australian name in the LIV series and is likely to be a draw in every event. He seems to actually be getting better as of late, making this somewhat of a surprise. 

5. Sergio Garcia

Long frustrated with the PGA Tour and Garcia is one of the biggest names in golf to make the jump. A no-brainer from his perspective. 

4. Taylor Gooch

One of the more surprising names to join the LIV series, Gooch is currently the #35 ranked golfer in the world and just coming into his own on Tour. One of the sport’s best up and comers having picked up his first win at the RSM Classic in November, Gooch is in the prime of his career and taking a big risk in making this jump.

3. Louis Oosthuizen

Turning 40 this year, Oosthuizen is certainly on the back nine of his career and making the jump for outside financial reasons. The 2010 British Open champion will be a big draw each and every week for the international community.

2. Kevin Na

Another big surprise to join LIV is Na, who enters the first week as the #33 golfer in the world. A proven PGA Tour winner Na was the first player to officially resign from the PGA Tour, leaving many to ponder further what repercussions will come down on the players playing in LIV with no pre-determined plan of action. 

1. Dustin Johnson

Far and away the biggest get for LIV, the #13 ranked golfer in the world will be a lightning rod over the next year should he actually tee it up Thursday.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.


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