LIV Golf in Bedminster 2022 rankings: Henrik Stenson relies on steady ball striking to claim series debut

The third LIV Golf Invitational Series event came to a close on Sunday as Henrik Stenson managed to edge out the 48-man field at Trump National Bedminster in Bedminster, New Jersey. Claiming victory on his LIV Golf debut, the former European Ryder Cup captain was able to put aside the noise of the start of the week and focus solely on his game en route to the winner’s circle.

“It’s certainly been a busy and emotional week, no doubt, or 10 days,” Stenson said Saturday. “Like I said, I didn’t have my best tricks (Saturday), but I was always focused and had a good attitude, and that’s what kept me in the game of Yeah, happy with how I kept my head down and focused on business.

Starting the final round at 9 under and with a three stroke advantage over Dustin Johnson, Stenson continued to keep his head down and relied on his historically solid ball striking. Firing two birdies on his first five holes, the 46-year-old saw his lead expand to five as Johnson struggled and Matthew Wolff and Ian Poulter did their best to gain ground.

Wolff cut the gap to two when he eagled on the par-4 10th and eventually signed for the day’s round with a 7-under 64. However, in the end, the very nature of Stenson’s keel proved too much to overcome.

Carding eight straight pars midway through his round, Stenson took advantage of his opportunities when they presented themselves and converted a crucial save on the par 4 17th to maintain a two-shot margin before the closing hole. Another par secured Stenson’s first world victory in five years as he finished 11 under and two ahead of Johnson and Wolff.

Not only did Stenson take home the individual title — and the $4 million grand prize — but he also led his Majesticks team to a second-place finish in the tag team portion of the event. Lifting the team trophy for the second tournament in a row was Johnson’s 4 aces.

Johnson again factored into his third LIV Golf event as he finished T2 alongside Wolff at 9 under and captured another top 10 finish. which was part of the players’ stalemate tied for sixth. As they did in Portland, Johnson, Reed, Gooch and Pat Perez split the $3 million top prize.

Results by team

1

4 Aces

Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed

-25

2

majestic

Sam Horsfield, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson

-17

3

balls of fire

Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

-12

4

Flyers Hy

Justin Harding, Bernd Wiesberger, Phil Mickelson, Matthew Wolff

-9

5

Stinger

Hennie Du Plessis, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel

-8

T6

Crushers

Shaun Norris, Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III

-8

T6

Niblicks

Turks Petit, James Piot, Hudson Swafford, Peter Uihlein

-4

8

smash

Richard Bland, Chase Koepka, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak

-2

9

Cleeks

Laurie Canter, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, David Puig

E

ten

iron heads

Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Kevin Na, Scott Vincent

+3

11

Punch

Matt Jones, Jediah Morgan, Wade Ormsby, Travis Smyth

+7

12

Couple

Ryosuke Kinoshita, Jinichiro Kozuma, Hideto Tanihara, Yuki Inamori

+10

What’s next for LIV Golf

The fourth event of the inaugural season is set to take place at The International in Boston, Massachusetts, from September 2-4. Scheduled for Labor Day weekend, LIV Golf will see Bubba Watson make his non-playing debut as captain of one of the teams to be announced ahead of the tournament.

While it’s unclear if any additional players will sign with LIV by then, the rival league has one thing going for it. With the PGA Tour Championship concluding the season on August 28, LIV will likely have the golf program all to itself before the Presidents Cup takes center stage at Quail Hollow from September 22-25.

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