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Talor Gooch has made history on the LIV Tour this weekend as he became the first man to win back-to-back events on the tour. After Brooks Koepka won the third LIV event in Orlando last month, Gooch took home first prize at LIV Adelaide and has now repeated that success in Singapore.
While his success in Adelaide was a landslide victory, the 31-year-old had to battle much harder for victory this time around. After narrowly beating Brooks Koepka by one shot, he finished on a score of -17 alongside Sergio Garcia, who is still searching for his first win since moving to the controversial golf tour.
It is the second time this year that a LIV event has gone to a playoff after Danny Lee came out on top in Tucson back in March in a playoff that featured four players. While the playoff that weekend lasted three holes, Gooch only needed one extra hole in Singapore to secure victory.
Drama on the 18th
Playing on the par five 18th, Gooch took an aggressive line and came just inches away from landing in the water. With Garcia finding the fairway, both players had a shot at reaching the green in two but it was only Gooch who managed to achieve that feat. Garcia, on the other hand, found the greenside bunker which put the American in a commanding position.
Garcia’s chip out of the bunker was uncharacteristically bad and his shot didn’t even reach the green. This left the door wide open to Gooch who knew that a two-putt for birdie would almost certainly earn him victory. The 31-year-old delivered the goods while Garcia’s chip-in attempt came up short confirming Gooch as the tournament winner.
Talor Gooch has made more than $9M in 7 days,
That means his caddy has made close to $1M in 7 days…
That’s more than what Jordan Spieth made for T4 at The Masters pic.twitter.com/J5KauhQCl9
— PGA/LIV Hot Takes (@golfturfwar) April 30, 2023
Speaking after his win in Singapore, Gooch said:
“It’s one of those days that I’ll remember. I grew up watching Sergio. He’s one of the greatest golfers of this generation. To go and battle with him and come out on top is something I’ll never forget.”
Double glory for Gooch
Unlike last week in Adelaide, Gooch was also a double champion as his team, The RangeGoats, finished on top of the team leaderboard. It is the first time that the team, which is captained by Bubba Watson, has won a LIV event and they certainly have Gooch to thank for that.
In second place in the team standings was Sergio Garcia’s, Fireballs GC. As they finished three shots behind Watson and co, Garcia’s loss in the playoff had no bearing on the team result.
Speaking after the team victory, RangeGoats captain Bubba Watson said to his players:
“Thank you for stepping up and wanting to be part of the Goats. This is an honor and a privilege to be here and be alongside these guys. It’s special. They wanted to be on the team. They wanted to be on my team.”
Next up for The RangeGoats, and the rest of the LIV Tour, is a trip to Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa for the sixth event of the year.
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