In the first tournament of the controversial LIV Golf Invitation series, Austrian golfer Bernd Weisberger had nothing to say about the top spots. Burgenlander finished the championship near London in 43rd place in the field of 48 participants, and over the three rounds he fought, he needed 21 more strokes than Charles Schwarzl. The South African defended his lead against compatriot Henny de Plessis and received a winning check for $4 million on Saturday.
It was a round of 72 in the third of three planned rounds with no cut enough for Schwarzel to win for the first time. He also won the team competition at Centurion Golf Club and, along with Louis Oosthuizen, Du Plessis and Branden Grace, took home another $3 million (€2.84 million) in prize money.
The new golf chain has been criticized for investing one million euros in Saudi Arabia. The background is that the country, which has been criticized for human rights violations, is trying to improve its image through lucrative sporting events. Including the teams competition, the prize money at risk in London was $25 million (€23.63 million). Even Andy Ogletree from the United States was the last to raise $120,000 (€11,443).
At the start of the tournament, the US PGA Tour banned 17 pro golfers from participating in the competitive series – in addition to Wiesberger, this also included Americans Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. Other famous professionals who are no longer allowed to participate in PGA events are Spaniard Sergio Garcia and England’s Ian Poulter – and in the future also Patrick Reed. The former Masters champion was revealed as the latest addition to the LIV Series on Saturday.
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