LIV Bedminister Recap: Henrik Stenson Takes Home the Victory
Most of the talk lately has been about the PGA tour and LIV Golf’s competition versus each other. But today was about Henrik Stenson. Henrik Stenson won the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster by shooting a two-under 69 in Sunday’s final round. This was his first time playing in this event and he took home $4 million for the win. In addition, his team earned another $375,000.
Stenson entered the day in the lead and remained there throughout the day.
With a score of seven-under-par in the final round, Matthew Wolff made a push for the top spot, but ultimately finished tied for second with Dustin Johnson at nine-under-par overall. Carlos Ortiz placed fourth at eight-under-par, followed by Patrick Reed in fifth at seven-under-par.
Phil Mickelson had a strong round with an even-par 71, but he finished at six over to place 35th. LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster Leaderboard
- Henrik Stenson (-11) T-2. Matthew Wolff (-9) T-2. Dustin Johnson (-9)
- Carlos Ortiz (-8)
- Patrick Reed (-7) T-6. Talor Gooch (-4)
- T-6. Sergio Garcia (-4) T-6. Paul Casey (-4)
- T-6. Lee Westwood (-4) T-6. Turk Pettit (-4)
Stenson got off to a great start on Sunday by sinking a birdie on the first hole to extend his lead. He kept up the good work by birdieing the fifth and 14th holes. His strong round came to an end with a birdie on the 15th hole, but he made par on his final three holes to clinch the victory.
It has been a long time since Stenson last tasted victory on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship in 2017, so Sunday’s win was very significant. He didn’t receive as much fanfare as the other golfers who jumped from the PGA Tour to join LIV, but he will surely garner more attention going forward after this win.
Wolff climbed the leaderboard on Sunday with the best round of the day, highlighted by an eagle on the 10th hole. He also recorded five birdies with no bogeys to move into the top three.
DJ had a strong day, but he got off to a rough start with a bogey on the first hole. He quickly recovered, though, notching four birdies over the rest of the round. This included a birdie on the 18th hole, which allowed him to move into a tie for second place.
Mickelson’s round was characterized by inconsistency. He recorded a bogey on the first hole, but appeared to bounce back with birdies on the fourth, eighth and 11th holes. However, he reverted to his lackluster play with bogeys on holes 14 and 17.
In three LIV Golf events, Mickelson has not finished inside the top 30. As the highest-earning golfer of 2022, his play has not yet lived up to his pay. The LIV Golf Invitational Series will return to action Sept. 2 from The Oaks Course at The International in Boston.