Henrik Stenson defeated the 48-player field on Sunday to win the third LIV Golf Invitational Series contest at Trump National Bedminster in Bedminster, New Jersey. The former European Ryder Cup captain won in his LIV Golf debut after being able to ignore the early-week commotion and concentrate completely on his game to get there.
“It’s been a hectic and emotional week, or 10 days, without a doubt, Stenson said on Saturday. As I said, I wasn’t at my best (Saturday), but my focus and positive mindset helped keep me in the game. Yes, I’m happy with how I’ve essentially kept my head down and worked on my tasks.”
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Stenson’s big win after losing Ryder Cup Captaincy
Stenson kept his head down and relied on his historically accurate ball striking to start the final round at 9 under and a three-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson. The 46-year-old increased his advantage to five holes after making two birdies in his first five holes while Johnson battled and players like Ian Poulter and Matthew Wolff tried to close the gap.
When Wolff scored an eagle on the par-4 10th, he reduced the deficit to two and finished the round with a final score of 7-under 64. But in the end, Stenson’s level-headedness proved to be impossible to beat. Stenson maintained a two-stroke lead going into the last round after carding eight straight pars in the middle of his round.
Stenson made the most of his opportunities when they came his way and completed a key par save on the par-4 17th. As he finished at 11 under and two better than Johnson and Wolff, another par gave Stenson his first victory in the entire world in the previous five years.
Along with winning the $4 million top prize, Stenson also guided his Majesticks team to a second-place showing in the competition’s team competition. Johnson’s 4 Aces raised the team trophy for the second straight competition.
Johnson played a part in his third LIV Golf competition as he tied for second place with Wolff at 9 under and earned a top-10 result. Patrick Reed, a teammate of Johnson’s, finished fifth by himself, and Talor Gooch was in a tie for sixth place with a number of other players. Johnson, Reed, Gooch, and Pat Perez split the $3 million top prize, just like they did in Portland
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