The final individual event of the year on the LIV Golf Tour was decided by a playoff. Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein needed three holes to decide a winner Sunday at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Saudi Arabia. Both golfers completed 54 holes at 12 under, one shot ahead of Joaquin Niemann and Sergio Garcia. The PGA Tour also competed this weekend at the ZOZO Championship in Japan.
In the team competition, Smash GC won by six shots and took home the $3 million prize. Both playoff combatants, Koepka and Uihlein, were on the Smash along with Chase Koepka and Jason Kokrak. LIV Golf’s final event, a $50 million team competition, takes place two weeks at Trump National Doral in Miami, FL.
See below for a transcript of the winner’s interviews provided by ASAP sports:
Q. First of all, congratulations. This win went until the end. What was the thought while you were battling out with Peter throughout these three playoffs?
BROOKS KOEPKA: I think on last one I was thinking it’s a good thing they turn the lights on. I thought we were going to be there for awhile. It’s always fun battling against your friends, and I think it’s special. Lake like I said, Pete is knocking on the door. Our team is just playing really well. I’m excited for that and I think we are all looking forward to Miami.
Q. Congratulations on the win. Can you sum it up, the three days, and this win, and how do you feel about it, and throughout the tournament, how did you feel?
JASON KOKRAK: Pete said it earlier about the team aspect. Brooks sent a couple messages that gave us a nice boost of confidence.
We are all trending in the right direction and we are all trying to get to the top of our games for Miami. To come out on top as a team, I mean, I know Brooks and Pete were battling out for an individual prize but we were all thinking about the team aspect I think a little bit more.
Yeah, we have to take care of our own business and come out on top as a team is a lot of fun.
CHASE KOEPKA: Yeah, we each stepped up for these three days when we needed to. I think we are all just real excited to get to Miami. I know I’m really excited to get in some ac right now. It’s been really hot. A lot of water we drank this week.
BROOKS KOEPKA: I just can’t wait to hang out with these guys. No offense, but just kind of behind closed doors. I think that’s what I’m looking forward to in sharing this. I mean, it’s pretty special. Like I said, it’s all kind of new to us, the team thing, maybe college was the last time we’ve seen it. And those wins in college were so much fun.
So I just can’t wait to get with these guys and just kind of be alone for a little bit.
PETER UIHLEIN: Yeah, I feel like after six, seven holes in the first round, we were way ahead on the lead. Taking the lead really early and then just basically, I didn’t really feel like we got that close to kind of being caught this week. But felt like we were in control all week, and played great and played really solid and everyone contributed. It was a great team victory.
WINNER: Brooks Koepka, -12/Playoff: $4,000,000
2. Peter Uihlein, -12/Playoff runner-up: $2,125,000
T3. Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia; -11: $1,275,000
T5. Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey, Matthew Wolff; -10: $816,667
T8. Bernd Wiesberger, Charl Schwartzel; -9: $602,500
T10. Abraham Ancer, Anirban Lahiri; -8: $550,000
T12. Jediah Morgan, Chase Koepka, Talor Gooch, Lee Westwood, Sihwan Kim, Patrick Reed, Carlos Ortiz, Graeme McDowell; -7: $281,000
20. Charles Howell III, -6: $200,000
T21. Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, Jason Kokrak, James Piot; -5: $174,000
T25. Richard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai, Eugenio Chacarra; -4: $164,000
T28. Sam Horsfield, Branden Grace, Laurie Canter, Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen; -3: $156,000
T33. Harold Varner III, Hideto Tanihara; -2: $149,000
T35. Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby; -1: $144,000
T38. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Henrik Stenson, Turk Pettit; +1: $138,000
T41. Cameron Tringale, Hudson Swafford, Shaun Norris, Scott Vincent; +2: $131,000
45. Matt Jones, +3: $126,000
46. Pat Perez, +6: $124,000
Withdrew: Martin Kaymer, Kevin Na
1. Team: Smash Players: Chase Koepka, Peter Uihlein, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak Score: -33
2. Team: Fireballs Players: Sergio Garcia, Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Score: -27
T3. Team: Crushers Players: Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri Score: -26
T3. Team: 4 Aces Players: Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed Score: -26
5. Team: Hy Flyers Players: Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Cameron Tringale, Matthew Wolff Score: -25
6. Team: Torque Players: Jediah Morgan, Hideto Tanihara, Scott Vincent, Joaquin Niemann Score: -20
T7. Team: Majesticks Players: Sam Horsfield, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson Score: -18
T7. Team: Cleeks Players: Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell Score: -18
T7. Team: Stinger Players: Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Shaun Norris, Branden Grace Score: -18
T10. Team: Punch Players: Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones Score: -12
T10. Team: Niblicks Players: Turk Petit, James Piot, Hudson Swafford, Harold Varner III Score: -12
12. Team: Iron Heads Players: Kevin Na, Sihwan Kim, Phacara Khongwatmai, Sadom Kaewkanjana Score: -11