Brooks Koepka wins tourney; Talor Gooch wins LIV points title

by Joanne Miller

Title: Brooks Koepka Defends His Title at LIV Golf-Jeddah, Earning Impressive Victory

Publication: Associated Press
Author: Associated Press
Publish Date: Oct 15, 2023, 10:30 AM ET
Reading Time: 1 Minute Read

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia — Brooks Koepka showcased his exceptional skill and composure as he claimed a hard-fought victory at the LIV Golf-Jeddah tournament. The renowned golfer clinched the title with a birdie on the second playoff hole, edging out his formidable opponent, Talor Gooch. This notable triumph comes in the wake of a remarkable day for both golfers.

Koepka’s path to victory at King Abdullah Economic City was marked by a thrilling finish, as he birdied two of his last three holes to secure a score of 14-under 196, tying with the resilient Gooch, who carded an impressive 62 in the final round. However, despite Gooch’s near-flawless performance, his playoff loss allowed him to surpass Cameron Smith and clinch the prestigious season points title along with the hefty $18 million bonus.

Apart from the overall victory, Koepka’s triumph yielded significant implications, as it propelled him out of third place and displaced Bryson DeChambeau in the season standings. In addition to the $4 million prize for winning the tournament, Koepka acquired an extra $4 million for his third-place finish in the points race.

While DeChambeau faltered with a final-round score of 70, Smith managed to salvage a respectable round of 66, finishing tied for 24th. The LIV Golf League’s second season will come to an exciting close next week at Doral in South Florida, where the team championship will be decided.

This victory adds to Koepka’s already illustrious year, which includes two LIV Golf titles and a fifth major triumph at the PGA Championship. Furthermore, Koepka’s exceptional form earned him the honor of being the only LIV player selected for the prestigious Ryder Cup team.

As the LIV Golf League’s second season nears its conclusion, fans await the thrilling finale at Doral, where teams will engage in an electrifying battle for the coveted team championship.

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