Early LIV Golf Singapore leader Talor Gooch explains his pixie dust theory

Talor Gooch is on a LIV Golf roll as he followed up his maiden LIV Golf victory last week with the first-round lead in Singapore. 

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Fri, 28 Apr 2023
Early LIV Golf Singapore leader Talor Gooch explains his pixie dust theory

The LIV Golf floodgates have seemingly opened up for Talor Gooch, as last week's winner has followed up his wire-to-wire victory with the first round lead in Singapore

Gooch, 31, shot an impressive 7-under 64 Friday at Sentosa Golf Club for his fourth consecutive LIV Golf round lead. 

The former 4 Aces GC player was still searching for his first LIV Golf win last week when he jumped out to an early lead at LIV Golf Adelaide after an impressive 10-under 62. 

He followed it up that Saturday with a second 62 for an incredible 10-stroke lead after 36 holes. He wasn't able to continue his low scores by Sunday but he was able to hold on to claim his first LIV Golf title. 

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Immediately following LIV Golf's trip to Australia, the league left for Singapore as it makes its first back-to-back tournament run of the 2023 season. 

Conditions in Singapore were not nearly as kind as they had been in Adelaide, as pouring rain forced the round to be briefly suspended. 

Still, Gooch, who now plays for the Range Goats GC, was able to top the 48-player field. 

Speaking to reporters following his round, Gooch said: 

"Yeah, I've been playing pretty good golf for a while, and the results haven't really shown it. The first few tournaments of the year, it felt like I'd have two good rounds, and in the third round I'd have one or two bad swings, and it would kind of derail the tournament. Just continue to do the same things and just happen to get a couple more putts to drop, and that's always helpful."

Gooch also spoke about the eagle he made at the par-5 18th:

"I hit a good tee ball. I had a perfect number for my hybrid to come in and hit it to about 25 feet, and my caddie has been reading the greens great all day long. We kind of had the same read, and I just happened to knock it in, so that's always a good way to finish off the round.
"Kind of like I was saying earlier, there's no pixie dust I've thrown on the clubs the last couple weeks. It's just the game comes and goes in waves, and hopefully we can continue to ride this wave for as long as we can and play a bunch of good golf."

Brooks Koepka, Cameron Smith, and two others were one-stroke back of Gooch after 18 holes Friday. A trio of LIV Golf captains - Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, and Louis Oosthuizen - were two-strokes back. 

Mickelson's Hy Flyers GC led the team leaderboard after Friday's round at 12-under par. They had a one-stroke lead over Oosthuizen's Stinger GC. 

The team Gooch plays on, the Range Goats, were a part of the group tied for third. 

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