Talor Gooch, a golfer who came to LIV Golf with little pedigree, just one PGA Tour victory and no top 10 finishes in Majors, is now celebrating. He has taken the 4m dollar cheque that was up for grabs at the Adelaide event.
His lead was so large at the end of the second day on Saturday that he was able to fit in two bogeys and a double bogey at the halfway stage on his Sunday card and still have plenty of margin for error.
With 73 strokes, one over par, he ended up winning by three strokes over Anirban Lahiri, who finished with a superb round of 65 on Sunday.
Gooch is the fourth different winner in as many events on the ‘rebel’ circuit this season, after the victories of Charles Howell III, Danny Lee and Brooks Koepka. The next stop will be Singapore from Friday.
In the teams, the final push by Patrick Reed (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and Dustin Johnson (67), as well as Pat Perez, crowned the 4AcesGC once again by one stroke ahead of the team of Gooch, Bubba, Varner III and Pieters.
Perez, sixth at the Adelaide tournament, had been the target of criticism for his poor performances and maximum profit.
Despite averaging around 32nd since LIV Golf began in June last year, he has amassed more than 12m dollars thanks mainly to teamwork. They won five events last year, to which they now add this victory.