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Dustin Johnson Still the Guy To Beat

dustin johnson still the guy to beat
dustin johnson still the guy to beat

NORTH PLAINS, OREGON – JULY 02: Dustin Johnson reacts after sinking his putt on the third hole during the final round of the LIV Golf Invitational – Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on July 02, 2022 in North Plains, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Steve DYKES/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

It’s been an incredible string of events since the Open Championship for the LIV Golf Invitational Series when rumors of Open champion Cameron Smith joining the Tour and the removal of Henrik Stenson from his captaincy for the European Ryder Cup team hit the headlines before the Bedminster dominated event.

Not to mention the Addition of an analyst David Feherty to the broadcast team and rumored TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley could be next.

The LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster Event will be held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ. 45 of the 48 players in the field were announced by the Upstart Tour.

Whilst there are currently no betting markets available for the Bedminster tournament, here are our updated LIV Golf Power rankings going into the event which begins on Thursday 29th July.

LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster Power Rankings

10. Talor Gooch

A 75 in the third round ruined any chance Gooch had of making a legitimate noise at The Open, but he finished tied in 34th, firing three rounds in the 60s. He also finished sixth at his last LIV event and plans to put in another solid performance at Bedminster.

9. Burn Grace

LIV Portland winner Grace also excelled in the three-day shotgun format with a T-3 result at the series’ inaugural tournament in London. The two-time PGA Tour winner also finished a respectable T-24 at the Genesis Scottish Open, so his current form is solid.

8. Matthew Wolff

The 23-year-old American has not played competitively since T-7 at the LIV Portland tournament. Despite not having a strong season on the PGA Tour, Wolff remains one of the most promising young golfers in the world. However, an incredibly mixed player.

7.Carlos Ortiz

After a single top 10 finish on the PGA Tour that season, Ortiz finished second in his series debut at the LIV Portland event. He’s also likely eyeing a significant statistical correction after posting 0.399 strokes won: overall last year compared to his -0.622 mark in the 2021-22 season.

6.Louis Oosthuizen

The winner would rank much higher entering the Bedminster event if he had made the cut at The Open Championship, especially considering his only major championship was at this year’s venue. Still, Oosthuizen has consecutive top 10 finishes in the LIV series so remains a threat this week.

5. Abraham Ancer

A 65-inch final in the final round put Ancer in T-11 at The Open, and he also finished T-11 at the LIV Portland event, so his game is trending in the right direction. He is ranked 20th in the official world golf rankings and has five top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

4. Brooks Koepka

It’s been a miserable season for Koepka. He billed himself as one to rise to the challenge at major championships, missing the cut at The Masters and The Open, and finishing T-55 and 55 at the PGA Championship and US Open, respectively.

Add in his mediocre T-10 finish on his debut in the LIV series at Portland, and he deserves this ranking more on potential and name value than his current form.

3. Patrick Reed

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if the nine-time PGA Tour champion emerges as a Saturday contender in every LIV tournament he enters. Reed welcomed the novelties of the Portland event and T-3. Plus, he seems just right as one of the faces for the controversial tour.

2.Bryson DeChambeau

Shooting 74 on Day 2 of the Open kept Dechambeau from competing in his second major championship of his career, but finishing T-8 should signal he’s almost back to full health. Going back to last PGA Tour season, and he won twice with 12 top-25 finishes in 22 events. He’s a legitimate star and still only 28 years old.

1. Dustin Johnson

It’s been a quiet season overall for Johnson, but he’s played well in the two events of the LIV series (6th and T-3), shooting just four underperforming rounds at The Open to earn a T-6 finish. He also ranks 10th in both driving distance and yardage average on the PGA Tour this season, even in a bad season.

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Neil Parker

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