Talor Gooch takes Singapore; 1st to win back-to-back LIV titles

SINGAPORE– Talor Gooch ended up being the very first gamer to win back-to-back LIV Golf titles after a playoff hole success versus Sergio Garcia at the LIV Singapore competition at Sentosa Golf Club on Sunday.

Gooch and Garcia watched each other for the majority of the opening 2 rounds and the last round was no various, with both the American and Spaniard never ever more than a stroke apart as they completed at 17-under 196 to require a playoff.

At the very first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Gooch skirted with the water danger with his tee shot however played a near ideal 2nd shot into the heart of the green where he quickly two-putted for birdie.

Garcia’s 2nd chance at the playoff hole discovered the greenside bunker and the Spaniard was not able to make his birdie providing Gooch his 2nd succeeding win and a $4 million reward.

For Gooch, it’s the ninth time he has either led or shared a lead after an LIV round, one of the most of any gamer. He has actually now led or shared the lead in the previous 6 rounds.

Two times LIV Golf competition winner Brooks Koepka shot a 67 to end up 3rd at 16-under 197, 1 shot ahead of Scott Vincent (67) of Zimbabwe, who had briefly threatened to make it a four-way fight for the title prior to a bogey at the par-4 15th stalled his momentum.

British Open champ Web cam Smith (71) completed in a tie for 6th after he blended routine birdies with bogeys for an even last round and a general rating of 12-under 201.

Phil Mickelson shot a 72, with 2 double bogeys in his last round, to drop the leaderboard into a tie for 13th.

Like the preliminary, the last round Sunday was postponed for more than an hour due to extreme weather condition in the location after 13 holes of the shotgun format.

Garcia, who started his round on the very first hole with Gooch, birdied 3 of the very first 9 holes to keep the lead with the American, who had 4 birdies and a bogey prior to 9 successive pars.

Garcia won the Singapore Open at Sentosa in 2018 and had actually played bogey-free golf in the very first 47 holes however 2 bogeys at the par-4 12th and 15th obstructed his efforts of a repeat success here.

At the par-5 18th in guideline, Gooch had 41-foot putt for eagle which directly missed out on to the left of the cup. The 31-year-old American quickly made his birdie to put the pressure back on Garcia.

The Spaniard reacted by calmly making his birdie from 11 feet to require the playoff.

The next occasion is at Tulsa, Oklahoma, beginning May 12.

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