WATCH: Brooks Koepka successfully DEFENDS LIV Golf Jeddah title through play-off victory against Talor Gooch

Brooks Koepka successfully retained his LIV Golf Jeddah crown by seeing off Talor Gooch through a playoff round to claim back-to-back wins.


WATCH: Brooks Koepka successfully DEFENDS LIV Golf Jeddah title through play-off victory against Talor Gooch

Brooks Koepka with LIV Golf trophy (Pic Credit: LIV Golf)

The resurgence of Brooks Koepka in 2023 continues. The American golfer successfully defended his LIV Golf Jeddah title on Sunday as he defeated fellow American compatriot Talor Gooch in a play-off round. This turned out to be his third win under the breakaway circuit and also marked back-to-back wins for him, following his triumph at the LIV Golf Chicago.

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Koepka had endured a poor run of form previously. His victory at this event in 2022 broke a 20-month winless stretch for him. Since then he has also made impressive performances at the majors. A runner-up finish at the Masters was followed by his third PGA Championship triumph in May. He thus became the first LIV player to win a PGA Tour event.

A second-round score of 62 saw Koepka enter the final round with a three-stroke lead over Gooch. His rival returned the favors with a score of 62 of his own. Clutch birdies late on pushed the event into a playoff tie. The duo went neck-and-neck in the first playoff round thus forcing a second round. Koepka though was able to keep his cool and walk away with another title along his name.

This saw him overtake his long-time rival Bryson DeChambeau in the final LIV Golf standings and finished third. Gooch, meanwhile, overtook Cameron Smith and won the individual title for 2023. As Koepka was rejoicing in his glory he realized there was some agony as well as his brother, Chase Koepka got relegated from the LIV Golf league.

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Rejoice for Brooks, agony for Chase: A tale of two brothers in two different directions

Playing a sport with your own blood could be exciting. Brooks and his brother Chase Koepka have been playing together since their early days. However, it now seems that the two brothers will be playing at different times and in different circumstances as Chase Koepka suffered relegation following his consistently poor performances throughout the year.

Brooks and Chase Koepka
Chase Koepka along with his brother Brooks (Pic Credit: Golf Magazine)

The story of this year for both brothers has headed in two different directions. Where Brooks (33) has found his form again, Chase (29) has endured the most difficult phase of his career. The only highlight for him has been the hole-in-one he made in the watery hole at LIV Golf Adelaide. It has simply not been his year and season.

So what happens next to the younger Koepka and the others who got relegated from the league? He and the others relegated will get a chance to earn their way back through a 72-hole relegation tournament which will be held after the final event. Additionally, winners from the top three finishers from the promotion tournament and the victor of the Order of Merit in the International series will receive a chance to play in the 2024 event.

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This could see plenty of new phases on the circuit. The league has also informed about a transfer window form next year. This will allow teams to trade players from one team. All of this will happen after the grand finale is played in Miami later this week.

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