By Matt Smith
It was an amazing weekend at Centurion Club, where Charl Schwartzel took home the inaugural LIV Golf trophy in England. Let’s delve deeper into those stats you may have missed.
1. STINGER GC ($3 million) -20
2. CRUSHERS GC ($1.5 million) -6
3. MAJESTICKS GC ($500,000) -5
4. TORQUE GC -3
5. 4 ACES GC -2
6. CLEEKS GC +3
7. PUNCH GC +7
8. NIBLICKS GC +8
9. SMASH GC +10
10. HY FLYERS GC +12
11. FIREBALLS GC +13
12. IRON HEADS GC +16
Average drive distance (drives recorded on hole Nos. 6 and 15) – Sergio Garcia, 304.0 yards
Longest drive – Sergio Garcia, 311 yards, 6th hole
Greens in Regulation – Branden Grace, 15 of 18 greens
Scrambling – Graeme McDowell, JC Ritchie, 5 of 5
Fewest putts – Sam Horsfield, Richard Bland, Andy Ogletree, Phachara Khongwatmai, 26
Eagles made – Oliver Bekker (3), Sam Horsfield (3), Dustin Johnson (3)
Easiest hole – 538-yard par-5 13th, which played to 37-under (stroke average 4.229), with 3 eagles, 32 birdies, 12 pars and 1 bogey.
Hardest hole – 492-yard par-4 9th, which played to 38-over (stroke average 4.792), with 1 birdie, 17 pars, 23 bogeys, 5 double bogeys and 2 others.
Course stroke average: Rd. 1 (72.229). Rd. 2 (71.645). Rd. 3 (72.292). Par is 70.
Although Branden Grace and Peter Uihlein each finished at 5-under for the three rounds, Grace received the third-place podium finish and awarded higher points due to his better back-nine score (Grace 31, Uihlein 34). The two players received equal prize money of $1,275,000.
TK Chantananuwat (38th) and David Puig (41st) each received $1,000 per their amateur status. The remainder of their winnings — a combined $270,000 — were donated to charity. TK, the 15-year-old from Thailand, shot 8-over 78 to finish with a three-day total of 11-over.
Captains who provided counting scores for all three days of competition included Peter Uihlein (Crushers GC), Talor Gooch (Torque GC), Dustin Johnson (4 Aces GC), Graeme McDowell (Niblicks GC) and Sergio Garcia (Fireballs GC).
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