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The LIV Golf circuit is in Bedminster, New Jersey, this week for the third LIV Golf event.

WhatLIV Golf Bedminster
WhereTrump National, Bedminster, New Jersey
When19:00, Friday 29th July 2022
How to watchYouTube and livgolf.com
OddsDustin Johnson 11/2, Bryson DeChambeau 10/1

LIV Golf Bedminster

Top-class golfers continue to make the switch to the LIV Golf circuit and the Saudi-backed events appear set to get even stronger as the year goes on.

The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs are a lure which is probably keeping many players loyal to the traditional Tour for the time being, but perhaps more superstars will jump ship after that.

Dustin Johnson remains the highest-ranked player in the LIV Golf roster as the third LIV Golf event takes place this week. Johnson, who finished tied sixth in the Open Championship last time out, is ranked 17th in the world.

Johnson has failed to win either of the first two LIV Golf shootouts, but the class act of the line-up gets an 11/2 quote for LIV Golf Bedminster.

With the likes of Cameron Smith and Patrick Cantlay rumoured to be joining LIV at some stage, Johnson may feel that this week will be his best chance to get off the mark.

The Trump National course seems to favour big-hitters and Bryson DeChambeau will also be looking forward to tackling the Bedminster layout. DeChambeau is a 10/1 chance for success, while Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer and Talor Gooch are also prominent in the betting.

South Africans have won both of the first two LIV Golf events - Charl Schwartzel at Centurion and Branden Grace in Portland.

The each-way terms for LIV Golf Bedminster, which starts on Friday as a 54-hole, no-cut event, are a quarter the odds, the first five places.

LIV Golf Bedminster course details

The Old Course at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey, is a 7,721-yards, par-72, with four par-fives. There will be a shotgun start, so all players in the field tee off at the same time on Friday.

The Old Course at Bedminster hosted the 2017 US Women's Open, which was won with an 11-under-par total. The Donald Trump-owned venue is 40 miles west of New York City. It was designed by Tom Fazio.

Wide, tree-lined fairways are heavily bunkered. Water is in play on half the holes, but the greens are large. With sunny weather and only light breezes forecast, the competitors should be able to overcome the considerable yardage and card some good scores.

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Three to follow

Patrick Reed

The 16/1 about Patrick Reed could be the value alternative to the shorter odds about Johnson and DeChambeau.

Reed has turned a corner recently, parting company with PXG and freeing himself up to use whatever equipment he fancies, and the Ryder Cup star could be ready to get back to winning ways.

Reed has been thrilled by the LIV Golf atmosphere, saying he feels more appreciated than ever on the golf course, and clearly has no regrets about his decision.

The controversial character turned up at the Open Championship last time out wearing a LIV Golf hat and clothing.

Reed finished third on his LIV Golf debut in Portland, improving his score each round, then he produced some good stuff in the Open.

The 31-year-old closed with a 67 at St Andrews and could be about to peak for Bedminster, where his putting ability stands him in great stead on the large greens.

Matthew Wolff

The 28/1 about Matthew Wolff may also catch the eye of many. The 23-year-old American lost his way on the PGA Tour, but he signed off from that circuit with a 66 in the Travelers Championship, then made a bold start to life on LIV Golf with eighth place in Portland.

Wolff made a barnstorming start to his career, starring at college before winning the 3M Open in only his fourth ever PGA Tour event, then he finished fourth in the 2020 US PGA and runner-up in the 2020 US Open.

Recent efforts have been less spectacular, but the signs are positive that this young talent is heading in the right direction, and the length of the Bedminster venue plays into the hands of this massive driver.

James Piot

Last year's US Amateur champion, James Piot, is yet to kickstart his professional career, but he impressed with a first-round 69 alongside Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa in the US Open, and appears to have settled on the LIV Golf circuit.

Piot closed with a 69 in LIV Golf Portland - only two players in the field outscored him - and the 300/1 chance may further improve in Bedminster.

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