2023 LIV Golf Singapore: Gooch wins in historic playoff

2023 LIV Golf Singapore: Gooch wins in historic playoff

LIV continued its journey through Australia and Asia with Singapore being the tour’s latest stop. Here is our 2023 LIV Golf Singapore Recap!

With the whole of LIV buoyed by a memorable week in Adelaide, the action at the beautiful Sentosa Golf Club was a little less boisterous than the raucous scenes we saw in Australia last week, but we saw arguably the best standard of golf that the tour had ever produced.

Heading into the final eighteen holes of the tournament, the majority of LIV’s biggest stars found themselves positioned near the top of the leaderboard. Phil Mickelson, Cam Smith, and Brooks Koepka, all found themselves within a couple of strokes of the lead, but it was last week’s winner Talor Gooch and Sergio Garcia who headed out as the tournament’s co-leaders. Gooch was looking to become the first man in LIV history to win in back-to-back weeks, whilst Garcia was looking to claim his first-ever LIV title.

Talor Gooch creates history in historic playoff win.

Throughout the first two rounds of this week’s tournament, both Gooch and Garcia have barely been able to separate themselves from one another. With both players having been at the top of the leaderboard for the majority of the first two rounds, the third and final rounds would follow a familiar pattern. 

With neither player able to pull away from the other, both players headed up the eighteenth and final hole locked together on -16. An accessible par 5, Gooch was the first man to make a birdie and move to a final score of -17. Needing to match Gooch’s effort, Garcia held his nerve to hole a tricky five-foot birdie putt and extend the tournament into a playoff.

This was the first time in LIV history that a tournament needed to be settled via a playoff. With both players headed back up the eighteenth, both players found the middle of the fairway with their opening drives. With their second shots, Gooch found the heart of the green, whilst Garcia could only find one of the greenside bunkers. Unable to get up and down for birdie, this left the door open for Gooch who after a sensible first putt was able to convert his birdie chance and lock up his second LIV title in as many weeks.

There would be even better news for Gooch as his victory would go on to secure the week’s team title for his team The Range Goats.

Koepka continues good form, Vincent shoots course record.

With the PGA Championship just a few weeks away, it will give golfing fans all over the world another opportunity to witness the PGA and LIV’s finest golfers go head-to-head. Jon Rahm just pipped Brooks Koepka to the Masters title last month, but Koepka showed what a good space his game is in with a third-place finish in Singapore.

The injuries that curtailed the American’s career seem to be a thing of the past and it’s clear that Koepka is playing well enough to be a major threat at Oak Hill. 

A special mention must also be given to Zimbabwean Scott Vincent. Ranked at 125 in the world it’s fair to say that Vincent is one of LIV’s lesser lights but that didn’t stop him this weekend. A memorable second round 62 saw Vincent claim the course record en route to a fourth-place finish.

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