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.
PGA Tour vs LIV Golf: Who wins? 🤔
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Here are my predictions for all 15 default matches:
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
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
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
Global Ram Rating: no 5
Smith World Ranking: number 20
winner: Let’s say it all together: Jon Ram.
result: 3-1 PGA Tour
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
Thomas World Ranking: number 7
Oosthuizen World Ranking: No. 25
winner: Ha. Let’s just move on.
result: 5-1 PGA Tour
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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