LIV Golf Miami Team Championship
Friday, October 28, 2022 – Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Trump National Doral Golf Club
Can Team Spirit Overcome Strength?
This week sees the LIV Golf season draw to its close with the LIV Golf Miami Team Championship at the Doral Golf Club, formerly known as the Blue Monster.
The forty-eight players are split into their respective four-man teams from the season with the top 4 teams receiving bye from round 1.
LIV Golf has been built around a team ethic and this week in Florida we are going to see those twelve teams battle for a truly astounding prize pool of $50,000,000 and see if Team Spirit will overcome Team Strength.
Different Betting Market This Week as We Select the Team to Win.
So far, this season, the LIV Golf format has seen individual competition taking precedence over the Team event, but this week’s culmination is a team competition only, that we have to bet on.
Quarterfinals – October 28
- The top four seeded teams all receive byes
- The highest-ranked teams pick their matches
- 32 players from eight teams will compete in a shotgun start
- In each team matchup there will be three matches: Two singles matches, one alternate shot
- Matches will be played until a winner is determined
Semifinals – October 29
- The four teams that received byes choose their opponents, with the same format as above
Championship Round – October 30
- Four teams compete in a shotgun start round of stroke play
- 16 players will compete in twosomes
- All four scores count towards team score then team with lowest total wins
Dustin Johnson and his team (4 Aces) have been the most impressive during the LIV Season and along with the other three top-seeded teams, Crushers, Fire Balls and Stingers all receive a bye.
With one day less of competitive golf over the weekend that’s a reasonable advantage, but not insurmountable for the rest which brings us back to the initial point, can team spirit overcome strength?
Will Ryder Cup Experience Prevail?
Yes, I think there is a decent chance that Ryder Cup spirit could prevail, and indeed become a significant advantage as the weekend draws on.
The Majesticks have a strong look to me from that perspective, with Henrik Stenson, winner of the Bedminster leg in New Jersey leading from a form point of view.
Their team captain, however, is the shrewdly appointed Ian Poulter, who has been seen as the talisman for the Ryder Cup team, a factor that proved pivotal in Europe’s success in the Ryder Cups of the last twenty seasons.
Experience in the Team
They are ably backed up by the vastly experienced Lee Westwood, possibly the best player to have never won a major while Sam Horsfield is a young European player from Manchester making waves in the world of golf.
What may be crucial, is the experience, Poulter, Stenson and Westwood have in alternate shot golf format from the Ryder Cup, meaning they already have a team plan in place for the coming days.
With that in mind, the Majesticks price of +2200 at BetOnline makes huge appeal this week in Miami.
Are there any other Teams with Strong Team Spirit?
Yes, the Stringers made up of all South African players are one while there is an all-Aussie team named the Punch, which take my eye.
We’ve all seen the script play out on many occasions in other sports where the Aussies like to be unbeatable and are prouder than many when representing their nation.
Open Champion, Cameron Smith has been quoted as saying, this is the part of LIV Golf he has been looking forward to.
His team-mate, Mark Leishman is a tough competitor, with no frills who has proved extremely good at getting the job done over the years on the PGA Tour while also contending in multiple major championships.
Matt Jones similarly has won the Honda Classic of 2021 while Wade Ormsby has won on the European Tour and in Asia.
I like getting the Open Champion, Cameron Smith onside at +1600 when captaining the Punch this week.
Golf Pick: Punch (+1600) BetOnline
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