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After a relatively high-scoring affair, by LIV’s standards, on day one of LIV Valderrama, the tour’s best players got to work on day two to make their move up the leaderboard. The end result is a very different-looking leaderboard, on both the individual and team sides of things, with one round left to play.
After the second 18 holes in Andalucia, Bryson DeChambeau sits on top of the leaderboard thanks to bogeyless round of 64. Saturday’s faultless performance moved the 29-year-old to -9 for the weekend which means he has a one-shot lead over Talor Gooch heading into the final round on Sunday.
LIV Golf Andalucia Leaderboard – Day two
|Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
|Talor Gooch (USA)
|Brooks Koepka (USA)
|Dustin Johnson (USA)
|Sebastian Muñoz (COL)
|David Puig (ESP)
|Ian Poulter (ENG)
Round two individual summary
DeChambeau steals the show
The best round on day two of LIV Valderrama certainly came from the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau who carded a hugely impressive round of 63 around Real Club Valderrama. DeChambeau started off nicely on Friday with a -1 round of 70 but he took things to a whole new level on Saturday afternoon.
Starting on hole 18, the 29-year-old didn’t waste much time in getting his birdie run started when he found a three on the par four 1st. Five more birdies and one eagle followed over the course of his round, with momentum secured throughout due to zero dropped shots.
Brooks Koepka makes his move
Although Brooks Koepka has made it abundantly clear that he is only interested in major tournaments, he played like one was on the line on Saturday in Andalucia. Koepka looked very much in the mood and his round of 65 on day two has catapulted him into third position after an average opening round of 71.
The PGA Champion is just three shots behind his long-term rival, DeChambeau, heading into day three and the opportunity to go head-to-head with the 29-year-old could be enough to get Koepka’s juices flowing. If Koepka can play like he does on a Sunday in a major tomorrow then DeChambeau is in big trouble.
Tomorrow’s final pairing at LIV Andalucia will be Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and Talor Gooch.
Professional golf doesn’t get any better than this. The entire golf world has their sights set on Valderrama.
— LIV Golf Nation (@LIVGolfNation) July 1, 2023
Things go stale for Dustin Johnson
After day one, Dustin Johnson was on top of the pile thanks to an impressive round of 67. Considering the course was playing easier on Saturday, Johnson will be bitterly disappointed with how he performed on day two.
The 39-year-old started on hole one on Saturday and actually got off to a quick start – he was -2 for his round after six holes and still had the lead in the tournament. However, from hole eight onwards Johnson played at two-over-par and carded four bogies. At -4 for the week, he is still in contention going into day three but will need a huge performance if he is to come out on top.
Round two team summary
Crushers retain their lead
In the team event, Crushers GC still have the lead going into the final round. Once again, the team of four managed to overcome a shocking performance from one of their players with Anirban Lahiri carding a forgettable round of 78.
Thankfully for Crushers, Charles Howell III bounced back from his opening round of 77 to card +2 round of 73. Howell’s round was supplemented by Paul Casey’s even-par and, more importantly, Bryson DeChambeau’s mammoth round of 63. Going into day three, one of Lahiri or Howell will need to find a respectable performance if Crushers are to secure their second LIV victory of the season.
Rangegoats have a day to remember
Joining Crushers at the top of the team leaderboard on -10 for the week are Rangegoats GC. The team of four, which is comprised of Talor Gooch, Thomas Pieters, Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III, have Gooch to thanks for their rise up the leaderboard on Saturday with the 31-year-old carding a -6 round of 65.
Gooch is the current individual leader for the season so will have plenty of motivation to perform at the same high level on Sunday. If he can, then the Rangegoats have every chance of adding a second team win to their repertoire after the squad came out victorious at LIV Singapore earlier in the season.
LIV Golf Andalucia latest odds
- Bryson DeChambeau – 6/5
- Talor Gooch – 2/1
- Brooks Koepka – 4/1
- Dustin Johnson – 11/1
- Cameron Smith – 30/1
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