2023 LIV Golf Bedminster Cameron Smith Cruises to Victory

2023 LIV Golf Bedminster: Cameron Smith Cruises to Victory

Cameron Smith put an uncharacteristic 35th-place finish last week at LIV Golf Greenbrier behind him to dominate the other 47 golfers in the field this week at the 2023 LIV Golf Bedminster. Smith led after all round three and wasn’t seriously challenged on Sunday on his way to a seven-stroke win over Anirban Lahiri on the New Jersey course. Overall, Smith finished at 12-under for the tournament. 

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It also marked the first team victory for Smith’s Ripper GC squad, of which he is the captain. The all-Australian foursome of Smith, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, and Jediah Morgan won in a laugher—by nine strokes over Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC.

Smith won two events ago in London, but there was a bittersweet aspect to it when his birdie putt on 18 missed, causing the Ripper GC team to lose the team competition by one stroke. This week, it was a sweep for Smith and his team.

Smith, who is now tied with Talor Gooch for most LIV wins (three), took home $4 million for the win and another $750,000 bonus for his share of winning the team competition. 

If that wasn’t good enough news for Smith, he’s also taken over the lead in the season-long standings over Gooch. Three events are left, and the winner will earn an $18 million bonus for winning the individual points championship.

Lahiri started the tournament with a 3-over 74 but came back to go 7-under on Saturday. His 1-under 70 today left him at -5. It was his second runner-up finish of the year, having also done so at Adelaide in April.

Abraham Ancer had struggled all year, but he came through with a -4 in three rounds at Bedminster to finish tied for third. That was miles better than his previous best finish this season of 16th.

Also tying for third were Patrick Reed and Dean Burmester. Reed finished in the top five for the fifth time this year and moves up to third in the points standings despite not having a LIV win to his credit.

Branden Grace was sixth at -3, followed by Joaquin Niemann and Leishmann in eighth at -2. Tied at -1 for 10th place were Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III. Mickelson started the day in the final group after going into the day at -5, four shots behind Smith. But a 4-over 75 left him in 10th. Still, it was Lefty’s best LIV finish of the year (he did come in second place at the Masters in April). 

Up Next

There’s even more good news for Smith, as the next event on the LIV schedule is in Chicago, where Smith earned his first win on the circuit in 2022. This event isn’t until Sept. 22-24, so the LIV golfers have a break of a little over a month before this event. The season wraps up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Miami in back-to-back weeks in October. Check out the LIV Golf Jeddah Odds & Betting Predictions

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