Bedminster, NJ – Henrik Stenson says the last few weeks have not been very exciting as he joins LIV Golf and loses his Ryder Cup captaincy for the 2023 matches, which may be the lowest price of the century. Invitation series.
The 46-year-old Swede effectively shut down the outsiders to take the individual title by two shots on 11 shots in the first round, led by Greg Norman and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Stenson’s last win was at the 2019 Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ unofficial event in the Bahamas. His last PGA Tour victory came at the 2017 Wyndham Championship. The win earned Stenson a cool $4 million, while second-place Wolf earned $2.125 million.
Stenson was tied for the lead at Trump National Golf Club after the first round, held a solo lead after Saturday’s second round and did enough to win Sunday, shooting a 2-under 69 for the second consecutive day. Billing Matthew Wolf Stenson and Patrick Reed tied for T-2 with Dustin Johnson with a final round of 7-under 64 for the week’s low round. Carlos Ortiz finished fourth at 8 under and Reed rounded out the top five at 7.
Johnson’s 4 Aces stacked the LIV Golf deck to win the event for the second time in a row, winning the team tournament at Lee Westwood Majestic by eight shots. The 4 Aces will split $3 million ($750,000 each) for their efforts, while the Majestic will receive $1.5 million ($375,000 each). Sergio Garcia’s Fireballs finished third and split $500,000 ($125,000 each).
LIV Golf Kingdom has been criticized as a way to wash the sport’s human rights record with guaranteed money and multi-million dollar deals. Saudi Arabia has suffered widespread human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, massacres, forced disappearances, and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government have been accused of complicity in the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The series will take the month of August off before returning for its fourth event Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, at The International near Boston.
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