Ranking 2022 LIV Golf in Jeddah: Brooks Koepka wins the third hole of the playoffs over Peter Uihlein

For the first time in more than a year, Brooks Koepka is victorious. Capturing the 2022 LIV Golf event in Jeddah on Sunday, Koepka finished at 12 under and needed three playoff holes to overtake his teammate and 36-hole leader Peter Uihlein at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. next to each other on the last day, the two Smash GC members experienced rounds up and down.

Starting the day with an off-paced shot from Uihlein, Koepka quickly took the lead as his competitor in play carded a double bogey and bogey in his first three holes. The four-time senior champion remained stable in his outer half, and eventually turned into 1 under before adding another birdie to number 10 to command a two-time lead over Uihlein, Sergio Garcia and a large cast of pursuers.

Only then did Koepka begin to experience some of his own problems. Making three consecutive bandits from numbers 11-13, the 33-year-old’s name plummeted in the rankings. An unlikely desert birdie on the par-4 15 got Koepka back on the straight before adding another birdie to the 54th hole along with Uilhein to knock out Garcia and Joaquin Niemann at 11 below.

The two traded birdies on the first two extra holes, but disaster struck Uihlein on the third playoff hole when he hit his third pitch from the greenside bunker into the water. Leaving the door open for Koepka, the Smash GC captain marched and secured his first LIV Golf win with yet another birdie.

“The past couple of years have not been fun. It’s been a long way, I’m super excited,” Koepka said. “My whole team, we put the band back together, literally. We have Claude [Harmon] on the team, Peter [Cowen] – I worked with Pete very, very hard – and Jeff [Pierce] also, so yell at them, this is for them.

“I didn’t know if my career was over for half a second. I told Claude I wasn’t sure I was playing. It’s nice to be able to come back and be able to win.”

Koepka not only triumphed individually, but also led his team to their first victory. While Brooks was the star of the show, it was his younger brother Chase who provided the steady hand as his scores were used in each of the three rounds. With the win, Smash GC climbed to fifth in the team rankings, narrowly missing a farewell in the first round of the team championship, and will be the first to choose his quarter-final opponent for the LIV Golf final between two. weeks.

Team ranking

1

Destroy

Chase Koepka, Peter Uihlein, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak

-33

2

Fireballs

Sergio Garcia, Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

-27

T3

Crushers

Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri

-26

T3

4 axes

Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed

-26

5

Hello Flyers

Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Cameron Tringale, Matthew Wolff

-25

6

Couple

Jediah Morgan, Hideto Tanihara, Scott Vincent, Joaquin Niemann

-20

T7

Majesticks

Sam Horsfield, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson

-18

T7

Cleek

Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell

-18

T7

Stinger

Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Shaun Norris, Branden Grace

-18

T10

Punch

Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones

-12

T10

Niblick

Turk Petit, James Piot, Hudson Swafford, Harold Varner III

-12

12

Iron heads

Kevin Na, Sihwan Kim, Phacara Khongwatmai, Sadom Kaewkanjana

-11

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What are the prospects for LIV Golf?

The team championship will take place October 28-30 at Trump National Doral in Miami. The 4 Aces, Crusher, Fireballs and Stingers all secured a farewell on Matchday 1 as teams ranked 5-12 take part in the quarter-finals.

Koepka’s Smash GC is the fifth suit and as such will have the first opportunity to select the opponent he wishes to face. This selection process will continue for Majesticks, Torque GC and Hy Flyers. The teams will compete in three games – two singles and an alternate shot – in the first two days of the championship before moving on to stroke play where the scores of all four members will count.

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