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LIV Golf Invitational Portland Each-Way Tips: Branden's coup de Grace

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Grace can go two better than the first LIV event.

"He’s a nine-time winner on the DP World Tour and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour."

Branden Grace 1pt each-way @ 29.028/1

Matt Cooper tipped 33/1 Charl Schwartzel to win the first LIV Golf Invitational and he's back with two selections at the Portland event with the Betfair Sportsbook paying five places...

Pat Perez turned up to the pre-tournament party at this week's LIV Golf Invitational Portland wearing a shirt with a design of nothing but dollar bills, an act which can only be interpreted as a massive metaphorical two-finger salute to critics and the golfing status quo.

These are truly messy times in the golfing world: fractious, testy, and ever-more divided.

It is likely to get worse before it gets better and, as Eddie Pepperell pointed out, in the current world economic climate it's really not a great look for golfers to be swilling around with so much money, never mind flaunting it with such dead-eyed cynicism.

Followers of the column were winners at the first event, although there has to be a good chance that none of us won even close to Charl Schwartzel's $4million individual prize pot.

Still, land this one as well and we can inch closer to retirement.

The action takes place at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon where a composite layout will be in use to create a 7,641-yard test at a par of 72 comprising just the three par-5s and also only a trio of par-3s.

Main Bet: Branden Grace 1pt each-way @ 28/1

I'm content to leave Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka aside. The former looked half-interested at Centurion, the latter has looked half-interested and bad-tempered so far this week.

Bryson DeChambeau? His fitness is a mystery, his form has been dire all year.

Louis Oosthuizen has found a bit of form in the last month and Talor Gooch finished top 10 in the first event, but both are short.

First pick, therefore, is another South African and I think there's a touch of value in Branden Grace.

He finished third in the inaugural tournament, earning a podium finish which meant he got a close-up look at what finishing first was like, and he also enjoyed winning the team event.

He's a nine-time winner on the DP World Tour and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour - I'd favour him over quite a few shorter than him if he gets in a scrap during Saturday's final round.

He can throw in plenty of poor scores, but if he gets involved he's a strong back-nine performer when the heat is on.

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Next Best: Carlos Ortiz 1pt each-way @ 40/1

It's been a while but Mexico's Carlos Ortiz, a new rebel this week, has winning form at Pumpkin Ridge.

Back in 2014, he opened 66-63 to nudge ahead of the field at halfway and 70-71 at the weekend got the job done.

That was a Korn Ferry Tour event, yet the field was half-decent. He pushed PGA Tour winners Jason Gore and Adam Hadwin into second, now-commentator Colt Knost was fourth and Stephen Alker (three-time winner on the Champions Tour this year) shared fifth.

Some fella called Justin Thomas ended the week T26th.

Ortiz himself was a three-time winner in 2014, but he struggled to convert his form to the main tour until late 2019 and a year after that he landed his only PGA Tour win to date in Houston.

At first glance he's not in great form, but he's a golfer who repeats his best golf on favoured courses and he did open with a 67 at the Canadian Open two starts ago.

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