LIV Golf – Victorioso Gino!
He came. He saw. He conquered. There simply is no better way to describe the fairy tale journey of a 22-year-old Spaniard who dropped out of college, joined an exciting new profesional tour and went on to become an overnight millionaire! His take home pay – a mind-numbing US$4 million!
This is a story that will go down in golf history as a legend. Arguably it has never been done in golf – just four months as a profesional and to have won a wire-to-wire 54-hole tournament by a player who was the youngest in the field of 48 international stars. Simply incredible!
This was the setting in the final round of LIV Golf’s International series in Bangkok, Thailand. It was historic in so many ways starting with Spain’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra running away with a stunning 19-under par win. LIV Golf’s Bangkok tournament was a winner in many respects – it marked the staging of the richest ever golf tournament on the Asian Continent – a purse of US$25 million. It showed the world why Thailand is a hotbed for emerging golf talent and it put on show Stonehill Golf Club, a truly world class facility.
If anything at all – LIV Golf has laid out the best treat ever for golf fans in Asia and with this inaugural event which is part of LIV Golf’s first season, Asia can most definitely look forward to the Greg Norman-led tournament becoming a regular feature in this part of the world.
Asia! Get ready to see more spectacular LIV Golf action in 2023 in Singapore, Thailand and possibly Vietnam! LIV Golf is here to stay!
Back to the grand finale in Bangkok – not only did it prove to Asian fans that the LIV Golf format was exciting to watch but it also put on show great tournament golf on both the individual and team levels. This is the future of golf and it can only get better going forward.
To have a front row seat and watch the birth of a new world star was an awesome experience to behold. The young Spaniard was total confidence personified. At no point throughout the 54-hole battle did his juvenile nerves flinch. He played as though he had been on the profesional battlefield for years and his winning performance validated the confidence that Sergio Garcia had in him and to have coaxed him to join LIV Golf.
Masters champion and six-time winner on tour Patrick Reed put up a fight but had to settle three-strokes back at 16-under par for second place.
Englishman Paul Casey and fellow countryman Richard Bland were tied third with American Sihwan Kim at 15-under par.
The LIV Golf Invitational Series moves on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for the next round on October 14 – 16.
The Team competition was won by the Fireballs captained by Sergio Garcia.