Brooks Koepka shot 6-under 65s in rounds one and two and entered play at Orange County National on Sunday with a three-stroke lead over Sebastian Munoz. Koepka’s 3-under 68 in the final round was enough to beat Munoz by one stroke to capture the LIV Golf Orlando 2023 individual championship.
It’s Koepka’s second win on the circuit after taking home the $4 million prize at LIV Golf Jeddah last year. He’s the first golfer to win more than one time in what was the 10th event in the short history of the league.
“I’ve been playing good for a few weeks,” Koepka said after his final-round 3-under 68 left him at 15 under. “It just hasn’t really shown on the scorecard, making dumb mistakes. It was nice to come out this week and play mistake-free pretty much.”
Munoz, who shot a LIV-record 62 in the opening round, was three shots behind after carding even par on Saturday. He was 5-under on Sunday but didn’t press on the final hole because he wanted to secure the team victory for Torque GC.
“It’s weird, because I knew we were one stroke ahead on the team, so I couldn’t go extra. I knew I couldn’t be too aggressive,” Munoz said. “He got the individual, we got the team. I call it a tie.”
Torque GC is captained by Joaquin Niemann, who finished 33rd. But Munoz’ second-place run and Mito Pereira finishing tied for fifth was enough to push them into first on the team leaderboard. David Puig, the fourth member, finished 22nd.
Koepka, feeling healthy after two years of battling injuries, now has his eyes on a green jacket with the Masters up next for many of the LIV Golf stars.
“Going into next week, that’s what you want to see,” Koepka said. “You look at everything I’ve been through, I’m finally healthy. It’s good to play some good golf. I get chills thinking what I’m capable of.”
Dean Burmester and Patrick Reed tied for third at -12. Pereira and Matthew Wolff tied for fifth at -11.
Dustin Johnson, who won the 2020 Masters and the 2022 individual LIV Golf title, finished sixth for his first top-10 of the year. Peter Uihlein (eighth) and Carlos Ortiz (ninth) are the only two golfers who have finished in the top-10 in each of the three LIV events so far this year. Charles Howell III, however, maintained his lead in the season-long standings over those two despite finishing 26th.
LIV Golf returns to action on April 21 in Adelaide, Australia. It will be the first LIV tournament contested in CEO Greg Norman’s home country. In the meantime, Koepka, Johnson, Cameron Smith, and several others head to Augusta, Georgia to compete in the Masters tournament against PGA Tour players. Smith, who finished 29th in Orlando, has the best odds among all the LIV players taking part in the Masters.
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