LIV Golf Team Championship won by 4 Aces after clutch Patrick Reed birdie

Patrick Reed holed a crucial birdie putt on his final hole at Trump National Doral to clinch the inaugural LIV Golf Team Championship for 4 Aces.

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Sun, 30 Oct 2022
LIV Golf Team Championship won by 4 Aces after clutch Patrick Reed birdie

Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces GC have won the first-ever LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami after finishing one shot ahead of Punch.

Made up of Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez, the all-American side finished with an accumulative stroke-play score of 7-under-par to clinch the $16 million prize purse.

With four teams playing and all scores counting from each player, 4 Aces trailed Smash by one shot with nine holes remaining until Reed, Johnson and Perez all made crucial birdies late on.

Johnson was in one of two captain's groups starting on hole 1 with Cameron Smith and he made crucial birdies on holes 15 and 16, while Perez rolled in a birdie on the 10th hole to take his side to 6-under-par.

Smith's Punch was three shots behind at this stage, but the Open Champion battled back with three consecutive birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16. Smith went on to card a superb 65 on the day.

Meanwhile, his Aussie teammate Marc Leishman rolled in a crucial birdie putt on the 1st hole, his final one, to level the scores on 6-under between Punch and 4 Aces.

The decisive moment came when Reed on the 2nd hole, his last one, took his own score to 2-under with a birdie, but more importantly, the 4 Aces score to 7-under.

All Johnson had to do was tap in for a par on the 18th hole to seal the deal, as Smith was in no position to make a birdie. Each player from 4 Aces banked $4 million each to cap off a dominant first season on the Saudi-backed series.

They won four consecutive team invitationals in Portland, Bedminster, Boston and Chicago. They beat Cleeks on Saturday to reach Sunday's final.

It wasn't to be for Smash who finished on 4-over with both Peter Uihlein and Chase Koepka making double bogeys. Stinger finished disappointingly with an accumulative score of 10-over.

"It's been amazing. Obviously, the fans make it - this week's been incredible. The whole season has just gotten better and better and then this finale has been unbelievable," Johnson said after being presented as the first LIV Golf individual champion.

"I got a lot of support out there. The fans have been amazing. Coming down the stretch here, you couldn't draw it up any better with me and Cam battling it out to win the Team Championship."

LIV Golf Team Championship - final leaderboard

-7 4 Aces (Johnson, Reed, Perez, Gooch)

-6 Punch (Smith, Leishman, Jones, Ormsby)

+4 Smash (B Koepka, C Koepka, Kokrak, Uihlein)

+10 Stinger (Oosthuizen, Schwartzel, Grace, De Plessis)