LIV Golf heads to Asian soil for the first time since its inception. After a three-week hiatus, this rival tour makes a stop in Bangkok.
Cameron Smith will look to capture back-to-back victories after winning at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago in mid-September.
You can check out the full LIV Golf Bangkok odds below — including a breakdown of favorites and two sleeper picks worth backing.
LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok odds
|Harold Varner III||+3,500|
|Charles Howell III||+4,000|
Odds courtesy of bet365 as of Oct. 4, 2022.
LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok sleeper picks
Predictions made on 10/4/2022 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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Stonehill Golf Club course notes
This track opened just this year, a product of Thailand’s second-richest man (Sarath Ratanavadi). The course itself is designed by Kyle Phillips, who has created tracks all around the world.
Based on his previous designs as well as the images of the course, Stonehill appears to be a links-style layout, which would favor strong ball-strikers and good putters. This means that the most important predictors of success will likely be strokes gained tee-to-green, strokes gained approach, and strokes gained putting.
At the time of writing, there is no further public information about the private course.
LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok favorites
Dustin Johnson (+450)
Until Cameron Smith arrived, DJ immediately established himself as the top golfer on the LIV circuit. Finishing inside the Top 8 in all five of the LIV events thus far, he is a must-play in either DFS or betting.
On a circuit that is more watered-down than the PGA Tour, DJ stands head-and-shoulders above most of his competition. I mean, this is a guy who was OWGR No.1 throughout a lot of the 2021 season.
Stonehill should be a course where DJ excels. In the 2020-21 season on TOUR, DJ ranked 45th in strokes gained tee-to-green, 57th on approach, and fourth in putting.
Coming into this week in great form, we should expect another Top-8 finish from Johnson at the minimum.
Cameron Smith (+500)
As I just mentioned, DJ was clearly the best guy on this circuit until the arrival of Cameron Smith. The current OWGR No. 3, I would argue that Smith is not only the best golfer on LIV but would also still be the best golfer on Tour.
Smith’s impact was immediate, finishing T4 at his first event in Boston and winning his second event in Chicago. All things considered, the wrong guy is favored, with all due respect to DJ.
Still in the prime of his career, Smith would be the betting favorite in most tournaments regardless of what circuit he is in. Before leaving for the LIV, he ranked 28th from tee-to-green, fifth on approach, and eighth in putting.
This is my favorite play on the board to win at Stonehill, and this will probably be the last week where Smith is not the odds-on favorite.
Joaquin Niemann (+700)
Aside from Smith, Niemann was the most surprising acquisition for the LIV circuit. The 23-year-old was poised to be one of the next stars of golf, and his talent has shown thus far on LIV.
In each of his two appearances on this rival circuit, he has finished inside the Top 5. We should expect more of the same this week based on his strong ball striking.
Before leaving the Tour, he ranked 19th on approach and 10th from tee-to-green. My one concern for Niemann this week would be his inconsistent putting, but he should still be a strong candidate to finish near the top once again.
LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok sleepers
Patrick Reed (+2,500)
Reed has been sort of up-and-down since joining LIV. While he started on fire with two Top-5 finishes, he has failed to crack the Top 10 in each of the last two events.
However, this should be a great opportunity to buy low on Reed. A solid ball striker, Reed finished the 2020-21 season ranked 57th on approach and 45th from tee-to-green.
While his ball-striking should keep him in contention, it is his putting that could push Reed back near the top of the leaderboard. During that same season, Reed finished fourth in strokes gained putting.
The putter has always been the strongest part of Reed’s game, and in a tournament where the driver should not be a big factor, we should see a bounceback performance.
Cameron Tringale (+6,000)
In terms of value, this is my favorite play on the board. Will Tringale win? Probably not, but there is no way he should be 60/1.
Since making the jump over, Tringale posted a 21st-place finish in Boston and a 12th-place finish in Chicago. Tringale’s biggest weakness on Tour was his driving, which should be nullified at Stonehill.
A strong ball-striker and putter, Tringale finished the 2020-21 season ranked 42nd on approach, 50th from tee-to-green, and 16th in putting. Those metrics put him towards the top of the guys making the journey to Bangkok this week, making him a strong value play at 60/1.