‘Transfer Student’ Smith, ‘first win’ in second LIV golf appearance

Smith discusses course strategy.

[AP=연합뉴스]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kwon Hoon = Cameron Smith (Australia) won the second tournament after moving to LIV Golf, which is supported by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Smith shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the 5th LIV Golf Invitational Series ($25 million total prize money) held at Rich Harvest Farms (par 72) in Sugar Grove, Illinois, USA on the 19th (Korea time). to the top with a total of 13 under par 203 in three rounds.

After beating Dustin Johnson and Peter Yulein (USA) by three strokes, Smith was awarded $4 million in prize money.

Smith, who transferred to LIV Golf after finishing the 2021-2022 season on the PGA Tour last month, was fourth in the 4th tournament, making his LIV Invitational Series debut on the 5th, and this win makes finally after only. He earned over half of the $10 million he earned on the PGA Tour for the season.

Smith, who took a two-stroke lead into the quarterfinals, finished the match with a win after taking the lead and never losing the lead.

He was two strokes behind with a three-putt bogey on the 16th hole, but regained three strokes again with a birdie on the 17th hole, and celebrated victory with a birdie even though the tee shot went off the fairway on the 18th hole. (par 5).

Johnson, who was aiming for two championships in a row, had to settle for second place by two strokes. Johnson took solace in winning four consecutive tournaments in team competitions.

khoon@yna.co.kr

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