丽芙高尔夫: Branden Grace 在南瓜岭获胜

格蕾丝收官打出低于标准杆 7 杆 65 周六结束 13 在南瓜岭高尔夫俱乐部的 54 洞锦标赛中. 这位 34 岁的南非人获胜 $ 4 百万.

初出茅庐的 LIV 系列, fronted by CEO Greg Norman and funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, aims to challenge the PGA Tour. It has lured some players, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, with the promise of big signing bonuses, hefty prize purses and fewer events.

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Branden Grace, 剩下, and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, 对, pose with the trophy after Grace won the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022.

Branden Grace, 剩下, and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, 对, pose with the trophy after Grace won the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Grace beat Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz by two strokes.

Played flawless golf, played really, really well when I needed to do something special and came up and managed to pull it out,” 格蕾丝说. “But just what a great day, it was amazing to come here, this new format, this new everything is amazing and everybody here is having a blast.

Ortiz, ranked No. 119 在世界上, shot a 69. 约翰逊 (71) finished four back with Patrick Reed (67).

The 48-man field in Oregon competed for a $ 20 million purse, with an additional $ 5 million prize fund for a team competition. There was no cut and even the last-place finisher earned a payday of $ 120,000. Charl Schwartzel won the tour’s inaugural event outside of London (and the team portion) and pocketed $ 4.75 百万.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, 对, congratulates Branden Grace, winner of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, 对, congratulates Branden Grace, winner of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

The Four Aces team, led by Johnson, won the team competition at Pumpkin Ridge.

LIV Golf also announced Saturday that English player Pat Casey has joined the series. 凯西, 44, has won three times on the PGA Tour and 15 times on the European Tour, and is ranked No. 26 在世界上. He has not played a tournament round since March because of injuries.

The PGA Tour has responded to the upstart tour by suspending every active member who competed in the first LIV event. Those who played in Oregon were also suspended unless they resign their tour memberships.

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LIV Golf has been dogged by criticism since its inception, well before it came to tiny North Plains, 关于 20 miles west of downtown Portland.

Branden Grace makes a chip shot for birdie on the 16th hole during the third round of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022.

Branden Grace makes a chip shot for birdie on the 16th hole during the third round of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf tournament in North Plains, 矿石。, 星期六, 七月 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

The city’s mayor and 10 fellow mayors from nearby communities wrote the course’s Texas-based owner weeks ago, objecting that the event did not align with community values because of Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A group of families whose loved ones were killed by the terrorist attack on Sept. 11 came to North Plains on the tournament’s opening day to protest the event. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on that day in 2001 were Saudi citizens. The group plans a more sizeable demonstration for the next stop at Bedminster in New Jersey.

我们. 它的. Ron Wyden of Oregon called out the tour forsportswashingto detract from Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Wyden pointed to the 2016 hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Fallon Smart in Portland. A Saudi national was accused in the case but vanished before trial, 和美国. officials believe he was spirited out of the country with the help of the Saudi government. A protestor at the entrance on Friday held a sign that readFallon Smart, 2000-2016.”

The players faced tough questions before the tournament about their involvement, with most reciting pat answers and maintaining that golf can be aforce for good.Others complained about the structure and grind of the PGA Tour.

LIV Golf touts that it’s “高尔夫球, but louder.In addition to the simultaneous team competition, the tournaments feature shotgun starts, interactive fan activities and hip-hop blaring on the driving range.

Crowds on Saturday were better than Thursday and Friday. LIV Golf said it was a sellout, but would not reveal the number of tickets sold.

The tour’s next event is set for July 29-31 at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Casey is expected to join at that time.

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