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LIV Golf Portland Odds: Can Brooks Koepka Win In His LIV Debut?

LIV Golf will play host to its second event ever in Portland at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The 48-man field will tee off on Wednesday in a shotgun start. Let's take a closer look at the field, the course, and who might be alive at the end.
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LIV Golf Portland Odds: Can Brooks Koepka Win In His LIV Debut?

With much of the golf world focused on the Irish Open this week, LIV Golf will play host to its second event, this time the Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, just under 20 miles outside downtown. Already a hotbed for activism, what plays out this week in Portland should be interesting as club members have already left the club protesting the Saudi-backed tour taking over its facilities. 

Even still, the 48-man field which includes the LIV debut of Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, and Bryson DeChambeau, will tee off on Wednesday in a shotgun start. Let's take a closer look at the field itself, the course, and who might be alive at the end as the players compete for $25 million in prize money.

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Course Preview: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

Designed in 1992 by Bob Cupp, Pumpkin Ridge is a stock par 72 course coming in at just over 7,000 yards. Best known for hosting some historic US Amateur Championships, it's best known for Tiger Wood’s 1996 win over Steve Scott, widely considered one of the best match-play events of the late 90s. 

Located at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Pumpkin Ridge features rolling hills with fairways lined with tall trees. With larger than average greens, Pumpkin Ridge should leave players with plenty of birdie opportunities, and those players that excel at SG: Around the Green should benefit throughout the course. 

LIV Golf: Portland Event Preview

In addition to Koepka, Ancer, and DeChambeau, making their LIV debut this week, PGA Tour winners Carlos Ortiz and Matthew Wolf have also recently signed on and will compete this week in Portland. Ironically, the last win between the two came when Ortiz out-dueled Koepka and Dustin Johnson at the Houston Open 2020, both of whom will be competing this week.

Like almost all of the players who have made the jump, money was certainly a factor for Wolff and Ortiz to play this week, as the winner will receive $4 million, nearly four times the amount of the average winning prize on the PGA Tour. For guys like Koepka and DeChambeau, that would be in addition to the $100 million they’re earning simply to compete in the LIV Golf Series. 

Outright LIV Golf Portland Invitational Pick

Brooks Koepka (+1200) (Bet $100 to win $1200)

With four of his eight PGA Tour victories coming in majors, Koepka remains one of the best players under pressure golf has to offer. And while this might not be a major, the (financial) stakes are as high as they’ve ever been and if there’s anyone who knows the feeling, it’s Koepka. 

Admittedly having an off-year by his standards, Koepka still has two top 25s in his last five events, and despite sputtering late at the US Open and PGA Championship, picked up some momentum on the Fridays of each shooting 67 both days. 

Currently No. 19 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Koepka is in the top 20 in driving distance and overall putting average, and a fresh start on a new tour could be exactly what the doctor ordered to start seeing results again.

LIV Golf Portland Invitational Top 20 Odds

Dustin Johnson+700
Louis Oosthuizen+1000
Brooks Koepka+1200
Abraham Ancer+1400
Talor Gooch+1400
Bryson Dechambeau+1600
Kevin Na+1800
Sergio Garcia+1800
Patrick Reed+2000
Sam Horsfield+2200
Charl Schwartzel+2500
Pat Perez+2500
Branden Grace+2800
Ian Poulter+2800
Bernd Wiesberger+3300
Adrian Otaegui+3500
Hennie Du Plessis+3500
Laurie Canter+3500
Matt Jones+3500
Graeme McDowell+4000

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