Talor Gooch to former captain after second LIV Golf win: "Where's DJ right now?"

Talor Gooch hit back at his former LIV Golf captain after making league history Sunday at the LIV Golf Singapore event. 

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Sun, 30 Apr 2023
Talor Gooch to former captain after second LIV Golf win: "Where's DJ right now?"

Talor Gooch made LIV Golf history Sunday at Sentosa Golf Club for the LIV Golf Singapore event, and he made sure his former captain was well aware of his success. 

Gooch first claimed his maiden LIV Golf victory last week at the Adelaide event in an impressive wire-to-wire performance. He'd shot back-to-back rounds of 62 in the first two rounds for a new LIV Golf 36-hole record. 

However, despite topping the individual leaderboard in Australia, Dustin Johnson's dominate 4 Aces GC still came out on top in the team competition.

Johnson and his 4 Aces GC quite notably swapped Gooch out at the end of last season and replaced him with Peter Uihlein. Gooch now plays for Bubba Watson's Range Goats GC. 

When asked about Gooch after his victory last week, and how he'd reportedly joked to Gooch that the season-ending LIV Golf Miami event in 2022 would be his last podium, Johnson joked:

"Yeah, obviously I like Talor, and he did really well for us last year, and obviously he played great this week. But yeah, I'm glad we snipped him, though, for sure, just to give it to him a little bit more."

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On Sunday in Singapore, Gooch got even more revenge over his former team. The 31-year-old won the LIV Golf Singapore event to become the first back-to-back winner in the history of the league.

He defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff after both finished 54 holes at 17-under par. 

Gooch is now just the second LIV Golf player to win two events, joining Brooks Koepka who did it first when he won LIV Golf Orlando a few weeks ago. 

On Sunday, Gooch defeated Garcia with a birdie on the first playoff hole at Sentosa Golf Club Sunday for his second win. This time, it was also enough to help his Range Goats GC win for the first time. 

And when asked about Johnson's comments from the week prior, Gooch had his own playful response:

"Yeah, where's D.J. right now?"

Gooch also spoke about how well he's playing right now, and gave a candid response on how long he believes it will go on for:

"You just try to bottle it up and make it last as long as possible. I know that I'm not going to continue playing this level of golf forever. So you just enjoy it while it comes and try to make it last as long as you can. And when it goes away you try to get back on the train as quickly as possible. So you try to savour these moments and try to feel these feelings and emotions and try to remember 'em so that when they go away you can really get back as quickly as possible."

Despite coming up short in the playoff, Garcia's runner-up was still his best finish to date in the LIV Golf league. It also helped his Fireball GC's lock up a runner-up in the team competition. 

Bryson DeChambeau's Crushers GC rounded out the top three teams at LIV Golf Singapore, while Koepka finished third in the individual competition, one stroke short of joining the playoff. 

After this week, Gooch currently leads the individual LIV Golf standings, while Johnson's 4 Aces lead the team standings. 

LIV Golf will take a week off before heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma for its sixth event of the season, a week before the PGA Championship in Rochester, New York. 

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