There is both depth and quality in the 48-man roster that the LIV Golf League will showcase in 2023, starting with this week’s season opener at Mayakoba.
Predicting the top 10 season-long performers is a precarious chore at best, but here’s our attempt. Feel free to check back after the season to see how we've done. (Also, check out our full season Team Power Rankings.)
1. Dustin Johnson. The 4Aces GC captain won the season-long Individual Champion race last year, and it wasn’t even close. No reason to think he won’t win again in 2023. But there’s lots of reasons to think it won’t be as easy.
2. Cameron Smith. LIV Golf fans rejoice! You get a full season of the talented Aussie, who won a LIV Golf tournament in just his second start, and then produced a masterpiece final round at Doral. The Ripper GC captain will be DJ’s primary chaser. (Or perhaps it’ll be the other way around?)
3. Patrick Reed. He tied for the second-most individual points of last season behind his 4Aces captain but lost two tiebreakers and fell out of the bonus money. He won’t suffer that same fate again. Don't be surprised if Reed posts his first LIV Golf individual win this season.
4. Bryson DeChambeau. The Crushers GC captain has slimmed down and is eating healthy. He had offseason surgery that should solve his vertigo issues. He’s feeling good and ready to play like the “Bryson of 2018.” Perhaps you remember that guy. He was pretty dominant.
5. Brooks Koepka. Maybe you’ve seen Full Swing. If so, you know where he used to be. Now? His win at LIV Golf Jeddah in last year’s regular-season finale righted the ship. The confidence is back. The swagger is back. The Smash GC captain is ready to dominate.
6. Joaquin Niemann. The Torque GC captain will be in an extremely happy place in 2023. He has his good mates Mito Pereira and Sebastian Munoz as teammates. They’re going to have fun. Niemann doesn’t have to carry the team. Jaco can just be Jaco. Expect him to be smiling a lot this season.
7. Abraham Ancer. A difficult choice between Ancer and his Fireballs GC captain Sergio Garcia, who finished inside the top 10 in points last year. Ancer wasn’t satisfied with his performance in 2022, so he came out firing this season. Result: A win in Saudi Arabia and momentum heading into Mayakoba. A good result this week could be an omen of things to come.
8. Talor Gooch. At least one of the RangeGoats will finish in the top 10 this season. Maybe more. You can make an argument for any of the four. Our argument for Gooch: He’ll be more consistent in 2023, and he’ll ride the support of playing in his home state of Oklahoma for a win.
9. Matthew Wolff. Finished sixth in points last season, and now plays for a Smash GC team that might unlock even more of that huge potential he possesses. If the 23-year-old Wolff can avoid beating himself up, then he’ll find at least one individual win this season. And maybe another ace (he produced LIV's only one thus far).
10. Peter Uihlein. He was third in points last season, so this seems low. It may very well be. Perhaps it’s just difficult to imagine three of the 4Aces finishing inside the top 10. On the flip side, it’d be no surprise to see him win an tournament trophy this year. He thrived in LIV Golf’s atmosphere in 2022. That won’t change in ‘23.
Louis Oosthuizen. Stingers Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace (2nd in points last year) won the first two events in 2022. Captain Oosthuizen wants in on the fun.
Thomas Pieters. The new LIV Golf member may be playing with a chip on his shoulder, wanting to prove his true value.
Mito Pereira. Another new member, he’s ramped up his game in the last year. That PGA Championship performance was merely a precursor of things to come.
Paul Casey. Had he played the full season in 2022, he probably would’ve finished top 10 in points. He’s the guy you should never sleep on when making predictions.
Sergio Garcia. Had offseason knee surgery but hasn’t show much aftereffects, finishing T5 in his most recent start. Plus, Valderrama is on the schedule this year.