LIV Golf’s broadcasters weigh in with their picks for the individual and team winners at this week’s LIV Golf Tucson, the second event of the 2023 LIV Golf League.
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Cameron Smith – Cam enjoyed a very solid start to the season in Mayakoba with a 6th place finish, and I think the mullet-haired magician will thrive in Tucson.
4Aces GC – The rest of the field are gunning for them, but they are yet to be beaten on U.S. soil. DJ shot a 78 in round 3 in Mayakoba, and Patrick Reed was over par in all 3 rounds, yet they still finished second. That's ominous.
Bubba Watson – I’m stupidly loyal.
RangeGoats GC – Goats can thrive anywhere, even in the desert.
Brendan Steele – Picking Steele for the win in a field this stacked would obviously seem like a longshot, but he might be the best driver of the ball in the LIV Golf League and that is the single most important aspect of desert golf.
HyFlyers GC – They may not win, but I think they'll have they're first podium finish on the heels of two proven desert players in Phil Mickelson and Steele.
Talor Gooch – He was my pick in Mayakoba and came close, so I’m going to go with him again. Followed him around in Mayakoba and even though he didn’t have his best final round, for most of the week he was driving the ball great, and hitting his irons even better.
Ripper GC – ‘Cos they’re my team, so I gotta show them some love. Cam Smith didn’t have his “A” game but he played solid at Mayakoba with a top 10 finish. Marc Leishman is striking the ball well and Matt Jones got some good memories in Arizona at ASU.
Brooks Koepka – Brooks is finally healthy, injury-free, and plays well in Arizona.
4Aces GC – Peter Uihlein played well in Mayakoba, Pat Perez went to ASU and knows the desert, DJ always bounces back after an off performance and Patrick Reed plays best with a chip on his shoulder.
Paul Casey – A desert resident and has a good record at this course.
Iron Heads GC – Three of the four team members live and play in the desert.
Here are the standings for our LIV Golf Experts after week 1 in Mayakoba. Each prediction received the individual and team points awarded to their respective picks.
Gooch 5, 4Aces 24
Ancer 3, 4Aces 24
Ancer 3, Fireballs 4
Ancer 3, RangeGoats 1
Reed 0, Fireballs 4
Ancer 3, Majesticks 0