LIV Golf vs PGA Tour Battle At The Masters Will Be Intense... But Are LIV Actually Favorites To Win?

This week at The Masters marks the first time since The Open that we have PGA Tour and LIV Golfers together... but who will come out on top?

Are LIV Golf Actually Favorites To Win The Masters 2024? Brooks Koepka after hitting driver at Augusta National (Left) and Scottie Scheffler preparing to putt at Augusta National (Right)
LIV Golf vs The PGA Tour at The Masters... but who will come out on top?
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The Masters at Augusta National is always packed with storylines, including plenty of intense battles down the stretch throughout the years. Ever since the breakaway LIV Golf Series started in June 2022, their rivalry (and then surprise merger) with the PGA Tour has dominated headlines.

With very few occasions on the calendar for all of these top professionals to get together on one course again, it's only natural that Major Championships provide the perfect platform for a bit of one-upmanship.

In 2023, The PGA Tour won the battle of the Majors by three victories to one, with Brooks Koepka banking the first for LIV in momentous fashion at the PGA Championship.

This year could be different, however, and I find myself wondering whether the tables could be turned with an early season victory for one of the 13 LIV Golfers in the field at The Masters.

Are LIV Golf Actually Favorites To Win The Masters 2024?

When you look at the betting odds, the top of the board heavily favours the PGA Tour in comparison to their LIV counterparts (7 vs 3).

Interestingly, however, the best betting picks for The Masters appear suggest it may not be so one-sided. Perhaps this is due to the short price being offered on Scottie Scheffler, with punters looking for a little more value in their selections.

While Scheffler is still the most popular bet at Augusta National this week, there is palpable excitement in the market for other players, like Joaquin Niemann and Major-man Brooks Koepka.

Brooks Koepka on the green at Augusta National with his caddie

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The LIV Golf roster actually boasts seven former Masters Champions, including reigning Green Jacket holder Jon Rahm – although he did win the event as a PGA Tour player in 2023 before moving to the Saudi-backed circuit.

With course form being so important at Augusta National, that gives LIV Golf a real opportunity to flex their muscles and apply some pressure to the PGA Tour.

Clearly, course form doesn't only correlate to previous winners of the event, with the likes of Cameron Smith and the aforementioned Koepka both holding runner-up finishes.

Cam Smith hitting an iron shot at Augusta National

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When you look at the statistics in the three months leading up to The Masters, it's very difficult to split the two tours. The top-4 players for SG: Total are made up of two PGA Tour and two LIV golfers, albeit with Scheffler and Schauffele occupying the first and second positions.

Rahm and Niemann clearly represent the best chance of success for LIV Golf based on the data, but it rarely plays out exactly as you see it on paper.

At the time of the tournament in 2023, the top-6 in the final leaderboard were split evenly with three from each side, but after the defection of Jon Rahm that now paints a LIV-heavy picture that I wouldn't be surprised to see again in the 2024 edition.

Jon Rahm hitting an iron shot in his Legion XIII team clothing

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With just 13 LIV golfers in the field for The Masters this season, there is a clear advantage in terms of participation numbers for the PGA Tour. But, when you consider that those 13 include 22 major championship victories between them, including 10 Masters wins, you can see how their experience and pedigree swings the needle further towards a potential LIV Golf Green Jacket winner.

Barry Plummer
Staff Writer

Barry Plummer is our Staff Writer, joining in January 2024 after seven years as a PE Teacher. He now writes about instruction, working closely with Golf Monthly's Top 50 Coaches to provide hints and tips about all aspects of the game. As someone who came into golf at a later age, Barry is very passionate about supporting the growth of the game and creating opportunities for everyone to access it. A member at Sand Moor Golf Club in Leeds, he looks forward to getting out on the course at least once a week and making up for lost time in the pursuit of a respectable handicap.

Barry is currently playing:

Driver: Ping G425

Hybrid: TaylorMade Stealth 4 Hybrid

Irons: Mizuno JPX 921 4-PW

Wedges: TaylorMade RAC 60, Callaway Jaws MD5 54

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour