Dustin Johnson Wins Boston LIV Golf Event With Playoff Eagle
Dustin Johnson gave LIV Golf its first big moment on Sunday when he landed a 35-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston for his first victory in 19 month.
Johnson’s putt on the par-5 18 was going so fast it could have rolled about 6 feet past the hole. But he hit the back of the cup and fell near the front of the cup to beat Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri.
He raised his arm and dropped it for a slow-motion uppercut, hitting Austin Johnson, his brother and caddy instead. The win was worth $4 million to Johnson. With his team winning again, he has now won $9,962,500 in four events.
The first playoff of four LIV Golf events capped off an otherwise sloppy finish by so many who had a chance.
Johnson, who closed with a 5-under 65, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th. His drive bounced up the rough right, his laying iron went into the trees well left and he had to rush to join Lahiri (64) and Niemann (66) at 15-under 265.
Lahiri hit a 5-foot fairway metal on the 18th in regulation, and his winning eagle putt rolled around the right edge of the cup.
Lee Westwood finished a playoff shot after a 62 that included bogeys on two of his final three holes.
British Open champion Cameron Smith, among six players who recently signed with the Saudi-funded league, had a 63. He was also tied for the lead until he kicked off in the trees at No. 1, his 17th hole, and that he has to throw aside. He did bogey. Smith is tied for fourth with Westwood. Each made just over $1 million.
Johnson had not won since the Saudi international on February 7, 2021, when he was part of the European tour,
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Gaby Lopez rallied four shots behind and closed with three straight birdies for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot win at the Dana Open.
Lopez ended her big run with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18 at Highland Meadow, unleashing a series of punches knowing it would keep her ahead of Megan Khang.
The 28-year-old Mexican player picked up her third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and her first since the Tournament of Champions to start the 2020 season.
Khang, who shot 29 up front on a rain-softened course, finished with a 64. Caroline Masson birdied her final two holes for a 68 and finished alone in third.
Lucy Li, the 19-year-old Californian who started the final round with a one-stroke lead, struggled to birdie. Her hopes were effectively ended when she hit a fairway bunker on the 16th hole, played well under the green and missed a 5-foot putt.
Li birdied the 18th hole for a 70 and tied for fourth. She already has her LPGA Tour card for next season via the Epson Tour. Li finished tied for ninth in Canada last week to compete at the Dana Open, and now she is eligible to play the LPGA event in Cincinnati next week.
Lexi Thompson went more than three years without a win and she didn’t birdie before the last hole. She finished with a 73 and tied for 16th, seven strokes behind.
KORN FERRY TOUR
NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Justin Suh already had his PGA Tour card locked and finished the season closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke win in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship that came with some added upside.
Suh finished atop the points standings in the regular season and all three Korn Ferry Tour finals, meaning the former University of Southern California star is entirely exempt from the PGA Tour next year and has secured a spot at the US Open and the Players Championship. .
But it was all about players just trying to win a PGA Tour card.
Austin Eckroat, who played his senior at Oklahoma, needed a big finish to have a chance at one of the 25 cards available at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He delivered a big shot with a 68 to finish second behind Suh.
Eric Cole, whose parents both toured (Bobby Cole on the PGA Tour, Laura Baugh on the LPGA Tour); Nicholas Echavarria from Colombia; and Toya Gano from Argentina.
Kyle Westmoreland, who spent five years in the Air Force, narrowly finished 25th ahead of Joey Garber, who birdied his final four holes after a double bogey on the No. 14.
FARSO, Denmark (AP) — Oliver Wilson of England birdied two putts from about 65 feet on the back nine to win Made in HimmerLand and end a nearly eight-year drought.
Wilson, ranked No. 745, rolled in the long putts on No. 13 and then No. 17 to take the lead. He kept his composure to level the final hole, hitting his drive on a small grass mound instead of a tee, to close with a 4-under 67 and finish a shot past Ewen Ferguson of Scotland.
Wilson hadn’t recorded a top 10 finish on the European tour since a tie for fourth in the same event in 2019.
Daniela Iacobelli won the Wildhorse Ladies Golf Classic in Pendleton, Oregon for her fourth career win on the Epson Tour. Iacobelli, 34, closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 18-under 198 – three strokes ahead of Pavarisa Yoktuan (62). She won $30,000 to move from 52nd to 15th on the money list. … Noah Goodwin won the Golf BC Championship in Kelowna, BC for his second PGA Canada victory of the year. Goodwin birdied the last hole for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot win. He finished 23-under 271 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. … Kaito Onishi finished with a 3-under 68 and won the Fujisankei Classic with a birdie on the first playoff hole with Sang-Hyun Park, who had a 71. Onishi won his first title in his third year on the Japan Golf Tour. … Alexander Knappe finished with a 4-under 68 to win the B-NL Challenge Trophy in Belgium for his second Challenge Tour victory this year, putting him at the top of the points list for the season. … Anne-Charlotte Mora finished with a 4-under 68 and won the Aland 100 Ladies Open in Finland by one stroke against Lisa Pettersson on the Ladies European Tour. … Yuting Seki of China finished 6-under 66 and birdied the second playoff hole to beat Yuri Yoshida in the Golf5 Ladies on the Japan LPGA. … Jeong Mee Hwang shot 3-under 69 and won the Edaily Ladies Open with a par on the first playoff hole to beat defending LPGA Korea champion Su Ji Kim.
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