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AS IT HAPPENED: Schwartzel wins first ever LIV Golf Series event and a cool $4.75 million

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By Matt Smith
We are 18 frenetic holes away from discovering who will be the inaugural LIV Golf champion, and discover who will walk away with the cool $4 million first place prize money at Centurion Club in England.

You can catch up on Day 2 here, and follow the live action from 2pm here.

Charl Schwartzel starts the day in prime position on nine-under, three strokes ahead of his fellow South African and Stingers teammate Hennie Du Plessis.

With the inaugural team title also on the line on Sunday, there will be plenty to keep an eye on as play begins with a 2.15pm shotgun start.

Stay right here for all the updates as they happen.

Once again we are nearing taxi time for the players.

So off we go for one more time. Can Chuck hold on or will he miss out? “I haven’t won since 2016, so I really just want to hold a trophy again,” he said just before tee off.

Dustin Johnson makes the first move of the day, birdieing 2 to to get to two-under in fifth.

It’s as you were at the top, with Schwartzel leading on nine-under through the first two holes from Du Plessis on six-under.

Peter Uihlein birdies the second to get up to five-under, one behind Du Plessis in second spot.

Oh, Peter! Uihlein gives that birdie straight back on the third!

Still no movement from the leaders as Schwartzel maintains his three-stroke lead at the top.

As it stands after four holes.

With the status quo at the top, it means the Stinger team continue to also lead, on 16-unders, with Poulter’s Majesticks and Uihlein’s Cruchers T2 on seven-under.

Here is what the frontrunners are contending for today

Win: $4,000,000
2: $2,125,000
3: $1,500,000
4: $1,050,000
5: $975,000
Win: $3,000,000
2: $1,500,000
3: $500,000

Schwartzel’s lead is out to four low as Hennie drops one on six.

Hennie is joined on five-under by Uihlein in second spot.

Hennie nails a monster to hold onto his share of second!

Then Schwartzel stretches to five strokes with his first birdie of the day to get to double digits. 10-under now!

Amazing save from Schwartchel after he found the thick stuff. Another solid putt to stay five up. Nerves of steel at the moment. None to go!

A costly (literally) double bogey for Uihlein on nine drops to three-under.

So after a quick run around the course, we will get back up to speed as Schwartzel’s  lead is down to two on eight-under from Hennie with three to go. Our slight delay was due to the fact that Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have confirmed they are joining LIV — folllowing Byrson DeChambeau’s confirmation yesterday. The snowball is rolling now.

You can catch up on the Pat and Pat news here.


As it stands

As far as the team event goes, that looks in the bag as Stinger team occupy the top three spots. Solid from South Africans all week.

Clutch putt and up and down from Schwartzel allows him to keep his lead at two with two to go.

Pars all round and Charl will go up the last with a two-shot lead. On a side note, Dubai’s Adrian Oategui has just moved up to T6 on two-under.

Most of the players have finished their rounds now, but Hennie and Charl are setting off down the 18th. Your winner will come from these two, with Schwartzel in the driver’s seat, two strokes up.

And SCHWARTZEL wins! Just! He gave himself enough of a margin for error and closes with bogey to Du Plessis’  par means he takes his first title since 2016 by one. And a cheque for $4.75 million (the Stinger team took the team title by a country mile).

So not only does Schwartzel get the individual cheque for winning outright, he gets another $750,000 as his Stinger team won the team title.

Phew, so we will leave the live coverage there on a famous weekend as the trophies are presented, and look forward to the next event in Portland!



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