Johnson, Gooch sink late birdies that send team to LIV Golf finale

Associated PressSports WriterOct 21, 2023, 09:02 PM ET1 Minute Read

DORAL, Fla. — In an exhilarating display of skill and determination, Dustin Johnson and Talor Gooch showcased their mettle with back-to-back birdies, propelling their respective teams to the final round of the highly-anticipated LIV Golf team championship.

Johnson, initially taking an early 3-up lead against the legendary Phil Mickelson, found himself all square with Mickelson as they approached the 16th hole at the prestigious Trump Doral. Undeterred, Johnson unleashed his signature form, delivering two consecutive birdies to secure a hard-fought 2-and-1 victory. This pivotal triumph cemented his defending champion 4 Aces team’s status as a formidable force in the competition.

Gooch, in a dramatic battle against Eugenio Chacarra, faced a precarious 1-down deficit. However, undaunted by the challenge, Gooch unleashed a sensational performance, registering two consecutive birdies to take a crucial 1-up lead as they approached the final hole. Gooch then sealed the deal with an impeccable par, securing a 2-up victory that kept the Range Goats in contention for the coveted $16 million team prize, leaving the Fireballs in their wake.

Joaquin Niemann and his mighty Torque team experienced no difficulty in their relentless pursuit of victory against Stinger. They emerged triumphant in both singles and foursomes matches, leaving their opponents stunned. Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau showcased nerves of steel as his Crushers triumphed in both singles matches against the valiant Cleeks, further solidifying their position as top contenders.

Excitement mounts as 4 Aces, Range Goats, Crushers, and Torque gear up to battle it out for the illustrious championship title. The final round on Sunday will witness stroke play, with the cumulative scores of all four players contributing to the team’s overall achievement.

Meanwhile, the teams that faced defeat on Saturday will strive to secure the 5th-8th spots in the final standings, injecting a fierce competition for recognition. Additionally, the quarterfinal losers will fiercely compete for the Nos. 9-12 positions, vying for a respectable finish to their LIV Golf team championship campaign.


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