Bryson DeChambeau’s comeback appears complete. Here the LIV Golf Team Championship Recap!
After struggling with injuries over the past couple of years, DeChambeau charged back onto the scene in the golf world, shooting a 58 as part of a win at LIV Golf Greenbrier, and he also won last month in Chicago.
On Sunday at Doral in Miami, Bryson DeChambeau and his Crushers GC team defeated defending champion 4 Aces and two other teams to capture the LIV Golf Team Championship.
After missing out on the final round a year ago, Charles Howell III’s win at LIV’s event at Mayakoba in Mexico led the Crushers to win the first team event. They picked up another “W” in Chicago before winning this tournament.
“Last year really left a sour taste in our mouth,” DeChambeau said as he celebrated with his teammates. “I can’t be happier with this team of mine. I don’t know what else to say. I’m at a loss for words right now. … These guys are the best.”
In Sunday’s finale, the Crushers went up against the 4 Aces (captained by Dustin Johnson), Torque GC (Joaquin Niemann, captain), and the Rangegoats (led by Bubba Watson). Each golfer’s score contributed to the team’s overall total in stroke-play competition.
The best round of the day belonged to Anirban Lahiri, who shot a 7-under 65 to pace the Crushers to a two-shot win over the Rangegoats, who had a surprising effort by Bubba Watson. His 5-under 67 led his team after a season in which the former Masters winner didn’t log a top-10 finish on the LIV tour.
“The RangeGoats came out of nowhere,” Watson said. “We played great. We’ve got to improve a little bit. But gosh, finished second for the year. What a great place.”
The Crushers, with Paul Casey as the fourth member, split $14 million from the $50 million purse. 60% goes to the team coffers, so each of the four players walked home with $1.4 million. It was a nice feeling for DeChambeau, who missed out on a cash bonus for a top-three finish in the individual standings last week in Jeddah.
“Having the Crushers be front and center of the first inaugural full season just means the world,” DeChambeau said. “We are part of history, and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and definitely takes the sting out of last week. But the team is what it’s all about, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Niemann’s -6 on Sunday was a great effort for his Torque team, but the other three members combined for even par, leading the team to a third-place finish.
The 4 Aces, the defending champs, were the No. 1 seed going into the tournament and won their semifinal match on Saturday, but things didn’t turn out well on Sunday. Johnson shot a 3-over 75, which was the worst score logged by the 16 golfers participating in the final round.
With a potential agreement among the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour, and the Saudi Arabian group behind LIV Golf, the 2024 schedule for LIV is uncertain and hasn’t been released. LIV Golf CEO said the 2024 schedule will again be 14 events and will feature some repeat venues and new courses.
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