American golfer Talor Gooch secured a one-shot victory over Bryson DeChambeau at the LIV Golf Invitational Andalucia in Sotogrande, Spain, after firing a final-round 67. Gooch’s win at the Real Club Valderrama marked his third victory of the LIV season. He had previously won in Adelaide and Singapore, making him the first golfer to win three individual titles since the LIV play began in the previous year.
Reflecting on his success, Gooch expressed his determination to achieve an individual win this year after failing to do so in the previous season. He finished with a 12-under par 201, highlighting his exceptional performance throughout the tournament. Gooch admitted that he didn’t anticipate winning three titles this season, as his focus was primarily on securing his first victory.
DeChambeau entered the final round with a one-shot lead and was grouped alongside Gooch and Brooks Koepka. However, he failed to maintain his lead and shot a 69 on the par-71 course, settling for second place at 11-under. Koepka, on the other hand, put up a strong performance with a score of 68, earning him the solo third place at 9-under.
Despite his second-place finish, DeChambeau expressed disappointment with his performance, particularly on the back nine holes. He acknowledged that if he had performed better, he would have secured a more convincing victory. Determined to improve, DeChambeau stated that his job was not yet done, emphasizing his desire to win a LIV Golf League tournament in the near future.
In the team event, Torque GC, comprising Joaquin Niemann, Sebastian Munoz, David Puig, and Mito Pereira, emerged victorious with a five-shot lead over Gooch’s RangeGoats. This marked Torque GC’s second consecutive team win.
Gooch and DeChambeau were tied heading into the final hole, No. 18, where Gooch knew that a par would not be enough to secure the win. With a well-executed second shot, Gooch positioned himself for an aggressive putt. He credited his improved putting performance in the latter stages of the tournament. Gooch was confident in his read and stroke, visualizing the successful birdie putt before executing it. This crucial birdie, his fourth in the final eight holes, secured his victory.
For his individual triumph, Gooch received a prize of $4 million, while DeChambeau earned $2.25 million for his second-place finish. Koepka took home $1.5 million for his third-place performance.
Sebastian Munoz finished alone in fourth place with a score of 6-under, with Puig, Patrick Reed, and Jason Kokrak tied for fifth place at 3-under.
The LIV Golf season will resume with the LIV London event at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, England, starting on Friday. Golf enthusiasts eagerly await the exciting competition and the next chapter in this thrilling season.