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LIV Golf Jeddah 2024: Editor's Favourites, Outsiders To Win


LIV Golf picks and predictions Jeddah
Photo by Jon Ferrey/LIV Golf

With LIV Golf Jeddah just around the corner, we've gone through the lineup, poured through the stats and analysed every detail to bring you our picks and predictions for this week's tournament.


Favourites

Brooks Koepka - Quite frankly the man to beat. He's won Jeddah for the past two seasons running, has bagged a top-10 at the season opener in Mayakoba and seems in confident form. (Brooks Koepka - WITB 2024)


Dustin Johnson - Winner at the last event in Las Vegas, DJ is the current points leader so far this season. He's also atop the leaderboard for total birdies made and third for putting average. Back-to-back wins on the cards. (Dustin Johnson - WITB)


Joaquin Niemann - Won the first event of the season at Mayakoba after a dramatic late night playoff against Sergio Garcia. Niemann's stats speak for themselves: 1st GIR, 2nd driving distance, tied 3rd total birdies. He's also been given a Masters invite for this year. (Joaquin Niemann - WITB 2024)




Jon Rahm - Yet to claim his maiden LIV win, could this be Rahm's week? In his first two starts, the captain of Legion XIII hasn't finished outside the top-10. (Jon Rahm - WITB)


Talor Gooch - The man is a LIV Golf machine, with three career LIV wins to his name he's always one to watch. Last year's individual champion is trending in the right direction once again with a T2 in Las Vegas. (Talor Gooch - WITB)


Tyrrell Hatton - Another newcomer this year, Hatton has mixed a T8 with a T12 in his first two LIV starts. Given his calibre he'll be knocking on the door soon.


TEAM PICK - Amongst the favourites, Smash GC get our pick. They won in Las Vegas and have Koepka on their team who just loves this course.


Outsiders

Peter Uihlein - Yet to break into the winner's circle on LIV, it's surely just a matter of time. Uihlein has three runner-up finishes in his LIV career (including at Las Vegas this year) and so far this season is 1st in total putts. That sort of form with the flat stick is sure to convert soon.


Carlos Ortiz - Ortiz hasn't had the best start to the season, currently sitting in T38 position on the points leaderboard, however, he did win last week at the International Series Oman on the Asian Tour. The confidence given from a win cannot be understated.

Louis Oosthuizen - Another one who played well at last week's International Series Oman, Oosthuizen finished second behind Ortiz. Finished T8 at Mayakoba, could go low again in Saudi Arabia.


Graeme McDowell - Seems to be a different player after his switch to Smash GC this season. Claimed a T5 at Las Vegas, the major winner is back in the hunt again.


TEAM PICK - Ripper GC. Mixed a 4th and a 10th place finish in the first two events of the season, under the star quality of Cam Smith, the Aussie team have won before and could do again this week.


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