LIV Golf will tee off for their second event this weekend in Portland, as Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club will host the festivities. Located 18 miles north of downtown Portland, Pumpkin Ridge is already dealing with the fallout from hosting the Saudi-backed tour, as more than a dozen members dropped their membership in protest.
When the 48-man field tees off on Wednesday, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Matthew Wolff, and Carlos Ortiz will all be making their LIV debut and are the latest PGA Tour regulars to defect. Following the LIV format we saw in London a few weeks ago, every player will start simultaneously via a shotgun start, and there will be a team component in addition to the individual.
At just 23 years old and, in theory, his best days of golf well ahead of him, the concern with Wolff is he isn’t mortgaging his future on the PGA Tour, with a quick payday, for a tour that may not be around for long. The same applies to DeChambeau, who at 28 years old was starting to regularly compete for majors before injuries 18 months ago started to show some cracks in his game.
With a staggering $25 million in purse money in play, let’s take a closer look at the course and how things might shake out this week in Portland.
Course Preview: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
Sitting at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club was opened in 1992 and has long been one of the top-rated courses in the Pacific Northwest. Designed by Bob Cupp, Pumpkin Ridge is a standard Par 72 course, coming in at just over 7,000 yards and well below the PGA Tour’s average of 7,200 yards.
Because of its geography, the course features rolling hills, producing plenty of uneven lies. With larger than average greens, Pumpkin Ridge should produce players with plenty of birdie opportunities, allowing those who excel around the green to score early and often.
Outright Betting Pick
Brooks Koepka (+1200 on DraftKings Sportsbook)
While this will feel far from a major for several reasons, the money at stake exceeds even those this week in Portland. With $4 million going to the winner, it comes in almost $2 million more than the current highest-paid event, the PGA Championship, on the PGA Tour.
With 50% (4) of his PGA Tour wins coming in majors, Brooks Koepka comes to mind this week in terms of a player we could see find some success. Despite having a down year by his standards, Koepka has been playing better as of late, with two top 25s in his last five events.
He is top 20 in the world in driving distance and putting average. If Koepka can pull together his iron game, he’ll be right back competing like he was before the pandemic. With two 67-Fridays at the last two majors, I like for some momentum to carry over here as the inherent villain that is Koepka should start performing well in these LIV fields.
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