When to bet
By 6.15pm on Friday (shotgun start)
Where to watch LIV Golf Tucson
Live on LIV Golf Plus app from 6.15pm on Friday
Steve Palmer’s LIV Golf Tucson predictions
3pts each-way 14-1 Hills
1pt each-way 40-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
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The LIV Golf circuit is in Arizona for its second event of the season. Charles Howell and his Crushers team dominated LIV Mayakoba last month – a tournament in which the favourites flopped.
Cameron Smith has been lacking sparkle in recent outings. Perhaps the former world number two, who signed for LIV when in his prime, is starting to regret his decision. The Aussie was unable to defend his Sawgrass title last week.
Dustin Johnson, looking out of condition and carrying lots of rust, carded his worst ever LIV score last time out – a closing 78 to finish 37th of 48 runners.
Steve Palmer’s top tip
Paul Casey 14-1
LIV Mayakoba provided a $1.8m payday for Paul Casey – $750,000 for being on the winning team and the rest from finishing fourth in the individual contest. The 45-year-old Englishman is loving LIV life.
Casey has finished in the top seven in the last three LIV events – and he was fifth in the Saudi International on the Asian Tour a month ago. The former world number three seems to have put injury issues behind him and is playing rock-solid golf.
His favourite caddie – Johnny ‘Long Socks’ McLaren – has been coaxed out of retirement, and the pair should bank a fortune together this season. This week seems a golden opportunity.
Casey was a quarter-finalist in the WGC-Match Play at The Gallery in 2007, then won a couple of matches on his return in 2008. He has lived in Arizona for more than 25 years, having settled there after starring for Arizona State University, so this is a home game.
Plenty of LIV stars are seeing The Gallery for the first time this week and Casey’s course knowledge is an advantage. He is probably the best prepared player in the field, having had a fortnight of opportunity to practice at a venue which is an hour-and-a-half drive from his house. He loves desert golf, twice winning the Abu Dhabi Championship, as well as the Dubai Desert Classic.
Next best bet
Peter Uihlein 40-1
Former world number one amateur Peter Uihlein has finished second three times on the LIV circuit, most recently in Mayakoba. The 33-year-old, a winner on the DP World Tour and twice a champion on the Korn Ferry, is well suited to The Gallery.
Uihlein’s last victory came in the Nevada desert and the classy 33-year-old’s latest success may come in the Arizona desert on Sunday.
The Gallery course guide
Course South Course, The Gallery Golf Club, Marana, Arizona
Prize money $20m ($4m to the winner)
Length 7,469 yards
Par 71 – three par-fives; 11 par-fours; four par-threes
Highest-ranked players in field (world ranking in brackets) Cameron Smith (5), Joaquin Niemann (26), Abraham Ancer (30), Thomas Pieters (42), Talor Gooch (49)
When to bet By 6.15pm on Friday (shotgun start)
When to watch Live on LIV Golf Plus app from 6.15pm on Friday
Time difference Marana is seven hours behind the UK and Ireland
Course type Desert
Course overview The Gallery GC hosted the WGC-Match Play in 2007 and 2008 – won by Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson
Weather forecast Sunny and calm, temperatures peaking at 23C
Type of player suited to the challenge Great weather and a welcoming track should mean a big-hitting powerhouse with a hot putter claims the trophy
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