The LIV Golf and PGA Tour virtual matches we’d love to see

As more and more players decide to leave the PGA Tour in the LIV Golf Series, it becomes interesting to take a look at the top players in each league.

Scotty Sheffler, Rory McIlroy, John Ram and Justin Thomas continue to represent the PGA Tour and a transition from one of them seems incredibly unlikely. However, two big names are rumored to take the leap soon.

The newest golfers of the year, Cameron Smith, and Hideki Matsuyama are believed to be the next notable players to sign with the Saudi-backed circuit.

Reddit user created a list of the 15 best players in each league and put them up against each other. Our partners at The Caddy Network posted the schedule on Twitter and sparked a heated conversation about who will emerge victorious.

The best part might be Tiger Woods and Greg Norman as captains.

Here are my predictions for all 15 default matches:

Scotty Scheffler (left) and Cameron Smith hit a similar pose as they wait their turn to place hole number 12 during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament. (Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Scheffler World Ranking: No. 1
Smith World Ranking: Number 2

winner: Scotty Scheffler. Although Smith has won the Players and Opens titles this season, the man who won the Masters title, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and most importantly (because of coordination), the WGC-Dell Match Play, is hard to come by.

result: 1-0 PGA Tour

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan smiles as Rory McIlroy congratulates him after chopping for a birdie on the 16th hole green during the second round of the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on August 3, 2018, in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Keyur Khamar / PGA TOUR)

McIlroy World Ranking: Number 3
Matsuyama World Ranking: No. 14

winner: Rory McIlroy. Nobody on earth plays golf better than the Northern Irish. He has eight consecutive top 20s, six of them are top ten, five are top five and one of them is winning the RBC Canadian Open. In Matsuyama’s last five starts, he was DQ’d, missed the cut at the Scottish Open and finished outside the top 50 twice.

result: 2-0 PGA Tour

Team USA’s Patrick Cantelay (left) and Team USA’s Dustin Johnson walk across the track before the 43rd Ryder Cup at Wesling Streets on September 21, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Cantlay World Ranking: No. 4
Johnson World Ranking: number 16

winner: this is difficult. Johnson comes off a Ryder Cup appearance unbeaten, going 5-0, but Cantlay’s worst finish in his last five starts was a T-14. In the game of lottery, I will give it to the 2020 Masters (who also won the WGC-Dell Match Play).

result: 2-1 PGA Tour

Spaniard Jon Rahm reacts after a hit during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Golf Course on March 3, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Global Ram Rating: no 5
Smith World Ranking: number 20

winner: Let’s say it all together: Jon Ram.

result: 3-1 PGA Tour

Ryder Cup 2021

Team USA’s Xander Schauffele watches as Team USA’s Brooks Koepka drinks a drink on hole 17 during a Ryder Cup singles game at Whistling Straits Golf Course on Sunday, September 26, 2021, in Haven, Wisconsin. (Associated Press/Jeff Roberson)

Schauffele World Ranking: number 6
Koepka World Ranking: number 22

winner: On paper, this match is good. A four-time major champion facing one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour who has won twice over the past month. Well, I don’t think it will be soon. In the 11 PGA Tour starting in 2022, Koepka missed five cuts and finished outside the top 50 twice. Since he missed the Masters weekend, Shaveli has racked up three wins and his worst finish in eight runs is a T-18. Schauffele wins.

result: 4-1 PGA Tour

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas’ reaction after he missed a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament. (Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas World Ranking: number 7
Oosthuizen World Ranking: No. 25

winner: Ha. Let’s just move on.

result: 5-1 PGA Tour

USA team Colin Morikawa celebrates with USA team player Bryson DeChambeau in the 18th green during the day three singles rounds of the 43rd Ryder Cup golf tournament at Whistling Straits. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Morikawa World Ranking: number 8
DeChambeau World Ranking: No. 29

winner: If they both had A-games, I would choose Morikawa. But Cal’s producer has struggled over the past few months, missing his cut shot. Dechambeau missed some time due to injury in 2022 but somehow made an appearance at The Open. I’ll take the big guy.

result: 5-2 PGA Tour

Team Europe player Victor Hovland and Team Europe player Paul Casey react on the third green during the first day of the four-way games of the 43rd Ryder Cup golf tournament in Whistling Straits. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Hofland World Ranking: number 9
Casey world ranking: number 32

winner: Folks, don’t overthink this. Just take the guy who’s the best at golf. Young gun wins.

result: 6-2 PGA Tour

2022 US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates winning the US Open with caddy Billy Foster during the final round of the US Open. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

Fitzpatrick rankings: number 10
Kokrak World Ranking: Number 36

winner: I’ll take the main hero and he’s one of the best rackets in the world. Sorry, I won’t be participating in Kokrak (see what I did there?).

result: 7-2 PGA Tour

Travelers Championship 2022

Sam Burns on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2022 Travelers Championship at TBC River Heights in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Burns World Ranking: No. 11
Gooch global ranking: n. 41

winner: That’s a good sneaky match, but I’ll take the guy who’s had three wins this season. burns it.

result: 8-2 PGA Tour

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, shown at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, shown at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Speth Ranking: number 12
Reed’s global rating: number 42

winner: Oh boy! The old strong pairing is back, but this time facing each other. You could argue that this match will get you the most eyeballs of any of the previous fights. I’ll take Spieth on Captain America.

result: 9-2 PGA Tour

150th Open in St Andrews

Will Zalatoris blasts off on the third hole during the first round of the 150th Open golf tournament at Old St Andrews Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Zalatoris World Ranking: number 13
Garcia World Ranking: No. 69

winner: When I first saw the drawing, I thought Garcia would win with this image, mainly due to his experience playing matches. But the more I think about Willie Z and his performance in the biggest events of the year (top 10 in three disciplines including two runners-up), the more I think the kid will win. Garcia’s last 20 players came on the PGA Tour in November of 2021.

result: 10-2 PGA Tour

Ryder Cup 2021

USA Team USA player Tony Finau responded to the crowd on his first starting point during the first day of the four-legged playoffs of the 43rd Ryder Cup golf tournament at Whistling Straits. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Finau World Ranking: No. 17
Wolf World Ranking: No. 79

winner: Wolf struggled with his game for years. Do not believe me? Just look at his PGA Tour resume in 2022. Twelve starts, seven missed cuts, two finishes outside the top 60, and one in the top 30. I’ll take the big guy.

result: 11-2 PGA Tour

2022 Wells Fargo Championship

Cady Joe Greiner and Max Homma hold the championship cups after winning the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac on Avenil Farm. (Photo: Scott Taich-USA Today Sports)

HUMA World Ranking: No. 21
Westwood World Ranking: number 92

winner: Westwood has the experience, Westwood has appeared in the Ryder Cup, and Westwood has been there and done it. And all this does not matter. Max is better at golf. Wins.

result: 12-2 PGA Tour

Billy Horschel and partner Ian Poulter tied for third at the 2014 Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.

Horschel World Ranking: number 15
Poulter World Ranking: No. 103

winner: Let’s just say this match is going to be a fireworks game, even if it’s not because of the good gameplay. Poulter is an all-time great when it comes to match play, while Horschel has a WGC-Dell Match Play win on his résumé. I want to take the American player, but I think Poulter turns into a different player when that’s what it looks like. I’ll go paint.

result: 12-2-1 PGA Tour

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