2023 LIV Golf Valderrama: Gooch’s 3rd win in his last 5 events

2023 LIV Golf Valderrama: Gooch’s 3rd win in his last 5 events

Talor Gooch Continues to Rule LIV Golf International Play After Victory at Valderrama

The further Talor Gooch is away from home, the better he seems to play. Check out the 2023 LIV Golf Valderrama

Three tournaments ago, the Oklahoma State product finished 36th in his home state of Tulsa. But on Sunday, he sank a birdie putt on the final hole at Real Club Valderrama in Spain to win LIV Golf Andalucia by one stroke over Bryson DeChambeau.

It was Gooch’s third win on the LIV circuit this year—all coming away from North America. He previously won in Adelaide, Australia, and Singapore. He becomes the first golfer to win three LIV tournaments and has done it in his last five events.

“Last year I didn’t get a win, so this year I was just so focused on getting an individual win,” said Gooch, who now leads the Individual Champion race by 27 points over Brooks Koepka. “You don’t think much past the first one until you get the first one. I definitely didn’t have three in mind for the season, but it’s cool that we’re here, and it’s especially cool to have the third one here at Valderrama.”

After struggling for the first part of his LIV career, DeChambeau has turned it on as of late. He scored his first top-10 of 2023 in LIV Golf Tulsa. He followed that up with a fourth at the PGA Championship and a 10th in D.C. After coming in 20th at the U.S. Open, he looked fully back in form this weekend, but after leading by two at the turn, Gooch’s 15-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole prevented him from reaching a playoff.

Gooch extended his lead in the season-long points standings. Brooks Koepka remains in second after finishing third at Valderrama. Cameron Smith, the pre-tournament odds-on favorite, finished 12th and jumped into third in the standings.

Sebastian Munoz finished fourth, followed by Patrick Reed in fifth. Jason Kokrak was sixth, David Puig was seventh, Cameron Tringale placed eighth, Dustin Johnson was ninth, and Joaquin Niemann rounded out the top 10.

Sergio Garcia finished a disappointing 11th after having won on this course three times on the DP World Tour. But Puig, a fellow Spaniard, was a part of Torque GC, who won the team competition for the second straight event. Puig, Munoz, and Mito Pereira are on the team that’s captained by Niemann.

“It’s amazing,” said Puig. “Playing at home is always good, and it’s even more special when you get a win and when you get a win with this group of guys. It was a great week.”

Up Next

The LIV circuit remains in Europe, traveling to the United Kingdom to play at the Centurion Club in London this week. It marks the first time that LIV visits a course for the second time, as London played host to the inaugural LIV Golf event a year ago, which was won by Charl Schwartzel. After a week off, many on the tour will remain in England for the Open Championship, starting on July 20.

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