As more and more players decide to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series, it becomes interesting to look at the top players in each league.
Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas continue to represent the PGA Tour and a move from one of them seems incredibly unlikely. However, two big names are rumored to make the jump soon.
The latest Champion Golfer of the Year, Cameron Smith, and Hideki Matsuyama are thought to be the next high-profile players to sign on with the Saudi-backed circuit.
A Reddit user created a list of the top 15 players in each league and pitted them against each other. Our partners at The Caddie Network posted the table to Twitter and it sparked a heated conversation about who would come out victorious.
The best part may be Tiger Woods and Greg Norman as the captains.
PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf: Who Wins? 🤔
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Here are my predictions for all 15 hypothetical matchups.
Scheffler world ranking. No. 1:
Smith world ranking. No. 2:
Winner: Scottie Scheffler. Although Smith has won the Players and Open this season, it’s hard to go against the guy who won the Masters, Arnold Palmer Invitational and, most importantly (because of the format), the WGC-Dell Match Play.
Score: 1-0 on the PGA Tour
McIlroy world ranking. No. 3:
Matsuyama world ranking: No. 14:00
Winner: Rory McIlroy. No one on Earth is playing better golf than the Northern Irishman. He has eight straight top 20s, six of which are top 10s, five of which are top 5s and one of those is a win at the RBC Canadian Open. In Matsuyama’s last five starts, he has been DQ’d, missed the cut at the Scottish Open and finished outside the top 50 twice.
Score: 2-0 on the PGA Tour
Cantlay world ranking: No. 4:
Johnson world ranking. No. 16:00
Winner: This one is tough. Johnson is coming off a Ryder Cup appearance where he didn’t lose, going 5-0, but Cantlay’s worst finish in his last five starts is T-14. In a toss-up, I’ll give it to the 2020 Masters champion (who has also won the WGC-Dell Match Play).
Score: 2-1 on the PGA Tour
Rahm world ranking: No. 5:00
Smith world ranking. No. 20:00
Winner: Let’s all say it together. Jon Rahm.
Score: 3-1 on the PGA Tour
Schauffele world ranking: No. 6:00
Koepka world ranking: No. 22:00
Winner: On paper, this match-up is a good one. Four-time major champion going against one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour who has won twice over the last month. Well, I don’t think it’d be close. In 11 PGA Tour starts in 2022, Koepka missed five cuts and finished outside the top 50 twice. Since missing the weekend at the Masters, Schauffele has three wins and his worst finish in eight starts is T-18. Schauffele wins.
Score: 4-1 on the PGA Tour
Thomas world ranking: No. 7:00
Oosthuizen world ranking: No. 25:00
Winner: Ha. Let’s just move on.
Score: 5-1 on the PGA Tour
Morikawa world ranking: No. 8 o’clock
DeChambeau world ranking. No. 29:00
Winner: If both had their A games, I’d pick Morikawa. But the Cal product has struggled over the last few months, losing his go-to cut shot. DeChambeau missed some time with an injury in 2022 but flashed some form at The Open. I’ll take the big man.
Score: 5-2 on the PGA Tour
Hovland world ranking: No. 9:00
Casey world ranking. No. 32:00
Winner: Folks, don’t overthink this one. Just take the guy who is better at golf. Young gun wins.
Score: 6-2 on the PGA Tour
Fitzpatrick world ranking. No. 10:00
Kokrak world ranking: No. 36:
Winner: I’ll take the major champion who’s one of the best putters in the world. Sorry, I’m not going all in on Kokrak (see what I did there?).
Score: 7-2 on the PGA Tour
Burns world ranking: No. 11:00
Gooch world ranking: N. 41:
Winner: This is a sneaky-good match-up, but I’ll take the guy with three wins this season. Burns it is.
Score: 8-2 on the PGA Tour
Spieth world ranking: No. 12:00
Reed world ranking: No. 42:
Winner: Oh boy! The old powerhouse pairing is back, but this time facing off against each other. You could argue that this match would get the most eyeballs of any of the previous battles. I’ll take Spieth over Captain America.
Score: 9-2 PGA Tour
Zalatoris world ranking. No. 13:00
Garcia world ranking: No. 69:
Winner: When I first saw the graphic, I thought Garcia would win this one, mainly because of his match-play experience. But the more I thought about Willy Z and his performances at the biggest events of the year (top 10 in three majors including two runner-ups), I think the kid would win. Garcia’s last top 20 on the PGA Tour came in November of 2021.
Score: 10-2 on the PGA Tour
Finau world ranking: No. 17:00
Wolff world ranking: No. 79:
Winner: Wolff has struggled with his game for years. Don’t believe me? Just look at his PGA Tour resume in 2022. Twelve starts, seven missed cuts, two finishes outside the top 60 and one top 30. I’ll take the big man.
Score: 11-2 PGA Tour
Homa world ranking: No. 21:00
Westwood world ranking. No. 92:
Winner: Westwood has the experience, Westwood has the Ryder Cup appearances, Westwood has been there and done that. And all of it doesn’t matter. Max is better at golf. He wins.
Score: 12-2 PGA Tour
Horschel world ranking. No. 15:00
Poulter world ranking: No. 103:
Winner: Let’s just say this match would be fireworks, even if it’s not caused by good play. Poulter is an all-time great when it comes to match-play, while Horschel has a WGC-Dell Match Play win on his resume. I want to take the American, but I do think Poulter turns into a different player when it’s this format. I’ll go draw.
Score: 12-2-1 PGA Tour