Charl Schwartzel Wins Inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series Event; Also part of the team competition | Golf News


Schwartzel finished a shot past Henni du Plessis, who were both part of the winning Stingers GC team in the team competition at the Centurion Club; Schwartzel earns $4 million for his victory and an additional $750,000 for being part of the winning team

Last update: 06/11/22 7:44 p.m.

Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Charl Schwartzel earned the biggest payday of his golfing career by surviving a back nine swing to claim a two-stroke victory at the inaugural event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Schwartzel hit a two-for-72 card at the Centurion Club to end the week with seven under and two clear rounds from compatriot Henni Du Plessis, earning him the $4 million winners check.

The South African duo were both part of Stingers GC, who won the tag team competition alongside Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, with the foursome all taking home an additional $750,000 share of the $3 million tag team first prize .

Schwartzel took a three-stroke lead on the final lap and saw his lead stretch when Du Plessis bogeyed the sixth, with a birdie from Schwartzel in the eighth seeing him reach turn five ahead.

The former Masters champion hit a wayward tee shot at the par-four 12th en route to an untimely double bogey, but made a two-putt gain at the par-5 next to match Du Plessis’ birdie, before a bogey on the 14th dropped the leader overnight to eight under.

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Patrick Reed has become the latest top player to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.

A superb par two-putt from range on the par-five 15 and a clutch save on the 16th kept Schwartzel two ahead with two to go, with a bogey on the last hole enough to earn him a top prize nearly three times. the figure he claimed for his big hit in 2011.

“Honestly, I’m relieved!” Schwartzel said. “It was tough to finish there. I made a bad mistake out of 12 that put me on the back foot and I just had to stay calm and try to get that thing in the house and out of my hands I made it a little harder than it should have been, but I’m just proud of how I hung on and that [winning] is a great feeling.”

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