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LIV Golf, hypothetical PGA Tour matches we’d like to see

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As more and more players decide to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series, it becomes interesting to watch the best players in each league.

Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas continue to represent the PGA Tour and a move by any of them seems incredibly unlikely. However, two big names are rumored to be making the jump soon.

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The latest champion golfer of the year, Cameron Smith, and Hideki Matsuyama are believed to be the next top players to sign with the Saudi-backed tour.

A Reddit user has created a list of the top 15 players in each league and pitted them against each other. Our partners at The Caddy Network posted the painting on Twitter and it sparked a heated conversation about who would emerge victorious.

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

Here are my predictions for the 15 hypothetical matches:

Scottie Scheffler (left) and Cameron Smith strike similar poses as they wait their turn to play the 12th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. (Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Winner: Scottie Scheffler. Although Smith won The Players and The Open this season, it’s tough to go up against the one who won the Masters, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and, most importantly (because of the format), the WGC-Dell Match Play.

Score: PGA Tour 1-0

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan smiles as he is congratulated by Rory McIlroy after birdie on the 16th green during the second round of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on August 03, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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

Winner: Rory McIlroy. No one on Earth plays golf better than the Northern Irishman. He has eight consecutive top 20s, six of which are top 10s, five of which are top 5s and one of them is an RBC Canadian Open victory. In Matsuyama’s last five starts, he has been disqualified, missed the cut at the Scottish Open and finished outside the top 50 twice.

Score: PGA Tour 2-0

Patrick Cantlay of Team USA (L) and Dustin Johnson of Team USA walk across the course prior to the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 21, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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

Winner: This one is tough. Johnson is coming off an unlosed Ryder Cup appearance, going 5-0, but Cantlay’s worst finish in his last five starts is T-14. In a raffle I will give it to the 2020 Masters champion (who also won the WGC-Dell Match Play).

Score: PGA Tour 2-1

Jon Rahm of Spain reacts after a putt during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Golf Course on March 03, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rahm World Ranking: #5
Smith World Ranking: No. 20

Winner: Let’s all say it together: Jon Rahm.

Score: PGA Tour 3-1

Ryder Cup 2021

Team USA’s Xander Schauffele watches Team USA’s Brooks Koepka have a drink on the 17th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match at Whistling Straits Golf Course on Sunday 26th September 2021, in Haven, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Schauele World Ranking: Number 6
Koepka World Ranking: No. 22

Winner: On paper, this match-up is good. Four-time major champion taking on one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour who has won twice in the past month. Well, I don’t think it would be close. In 11 PGA Tour starts in 2022, Koepka has 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. Schauele wins.

Score: PGA Tour 4-1

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas reacts after missing a putt on the sixth hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. (Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas World Ranking: No. 7
World ranking of Oosthuizen: No. 25

Winner: Ha. Let’s move on.

Score: PGA Tour 5-1

Team USA player Collin Morikawa celebrates with Team USA player Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th green during day three of the singles rounds for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. (Photo by: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Winner: If both had their A games, I would choose Morikawa. But the Cal product has struggled in recent months, losing his favorite cut shot. DeChambeau missed some time with injury in 2022 but showed some form at the Open. I’ll take the big man.

Score: PGA Tour 5-2

Team Europe player Viktor Hovland and Team Europe player Paul Casey react on the third green during the foursome matches on day one of the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Hovland World Ranking: No. 9
Casey World Ranking: No. 32

Winner: People, don’t overthink this one. Just take the guy who’s better at golf. Young gun wins.

Score: PGA Tour 6-2

US Open 2022

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 World Ranking: No. 10
Kokrak World Ranking: No. 36

Winner: I will take the great champion who is one of the best putters in the world. Sorry, I don’t do everything for Kokrak (see what I did there?).

Score: PGA Tour 7-2

Travelers Championship 2022

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

Burns World Ranking: No. 11
Gooch World Ranking: No. 41

Winner: It’s a sneaky match-up, but I’ll take the guy with three wins this season. It’s hot.

Score: PGA Tour 8-2

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

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

Spieth World Ranking: No. 12
World ranking of reeds: No. 42

Winner: Oh man! The former power couple is back, but this time face to face. You could argue that this match would get the most eyeballs of all previous battles. I’ll take Spieth on Captain America.

Score: PGA Tour 9-2

150th Open Championship at St. Andrews

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

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

Winner: When I first saw the graphic, I thought Garcia would win this one, mostly 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 finish on the PGA Tour came in November 2021.

Score: PGA Tour 10-2

Ryder Cup 2021

Team USA player Tony Finau reacts to fans on the first tee during the foursome matches on day one of the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Winner: Wolff struggled with his game for years. You do not believe me ? Just look at his 2022 PGA Tour resume. Twelve starts, seven missed cuts, two finishes outside the top 60 and one top 30. I’ll take the big man.

Score: PGA Tour 11-2

Wells Fargo Championship 2022

Caddy Joe Greiner and Max Homa hold the championship trophies after winning the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. (Photo: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Homa World Ranking: No. 21
Westwood World Ranking: No. 92

Winner: Westwood has the experience, Westwood has the Ryder Cup appearances, Westwood has been there and done it. And all this does not matter. Max is better at golf. He wins.

Score: PGA Tour 12-2

Billy Horschel and partner Ian Poulter tied for 3rd in the 2014 Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.

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

Winner: Let’s say this match would be fireworks, even if it’s not due to good play. Poulter is an all-time great when it comes to match-play, while Horschel has a WGC-Dell Match win. Play on his resume. I want to take the American, but I think Poulter becomes a different player when it’s that format. I am going to draw.

Score: PGA Circuit 12-2-1

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