Golf-Schwartzel wins LIV opener to pocket $4 million jackpot -Breaking
ST ALBANS (Reuters] -South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel defeated Hennie du Plessis in the first event of the LIV Invitational Series.
Three strokes led the 37-year old to the final round at Centurion north of London. He then consolidated with round 72 for the $4 million prize.
Schwartzel ended on seven-under, with Du Plessis just one stroke ahead. Branden Grace finished third at five under.
The Stingers team won the team element in the new series.
“It’s a relief,” Schwartzel said. He also received $750,000 to be part of the winning team.
It was in my hand, but it became a little more complicated than I should have. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that we would be able to play golf for this much money.
Schwartzel’s triumph ended a turbulent week of launch for the breakaway circuit that is supported to the tune $250 million by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Organisers will highlight decent-sized crowds and plenty of glamour, as well as the presence of major names like Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, and Phil Mickelson six times major champions.
However, the eight-event first was as much about a power struggle on the course as it was the actual action.
Greg Norman (LIV Golf CEO) said, “All I can tell you is that golf’s evolution has arrived.” Norman was speaking at the ceremony. Norman tried to create a new global tour in 1990s.
“For 27+ years we have faced many hurdles, and many dreams were thwarted. However they didn’t stop us.”
The PGA Tour has announced that it suspended all players participating in the LIV Series — a decision LIV organizers called vindictive, and could result in a legal battle.
The PGA suspension hasn’t stopped players from abandoning the tour. Patrick Reed, a fellow American and major winner of the majors, joined the party Friday.
The pair will be making their debuts at Portland, Oregon’s next event in this series later this month.
Reed said, “I’m really excited,” during streaming coverage that drew 100,000 viewers to YouTube on the last day.
It is an incredible privilege to be a part of golf’s evolution and changes. Portland is not far away.