Who won LIV Golf London in 2022? Complete scores, results, highlights from Centurion Golf Club – Sporting News
It may have been closer than he liked, but Charl Schwartzel is the winner of the LIV Tour’s inaugural event at LIV Golf London.
Schwartzel, who led after 18 and 36 holes in the three-day tournament, commanded a three-stroke lead at the start of the final day of competition at the Centurion Golf Club. But a 2-over-par day brought him dangerously close to ceding the lead to Stingers GC teammate Hennie Du Plessis, who carded an even round.
Things got particularly interesting on the final hole, not only because Schwartzel — who finished first at 7-under par — had to fend off Du Plessis, but also because the latter had to secure an outright second-place finish over fellow teammate Branden Grace, who shot up the leaderboard by going 5 under on the final day of competition.
Schwartzel took perhaps an overly cautious approach on the par-5 final hole, leaving himself middle of the fairway with just three strokes left. His approach shot went too far left, just in the fringe, forcing him into a two-putt par attempt. He ultimately had a tap-in bogey for the final shot of the day.
Du Plessis was unable to capitalize on Schwartzel’s misfire, however, as his own drive on 18 went too far and into the tall fescue. He was forced to scramble and, even though he found the middle of the green for a long birdie attempt, had to settle for par and finish the day at 6 under.
King Charl 👑🏆#LIVGolf | @CA_Schwartzel pic.twitter.com/2K1x3daus0
Schwartzel, Du Plessis and Gracen — all three Stingers GC teammates — finished among the top three golfers for the inaugural LIV tournament. Peter Uihlein of the Crushers finished tied for third with Gracen at 5 under.
As for LIV’s biggest headliners, Phil Mickelson followed a poor second day with an even worse finish, going 6 over in Round 3 to finish 10-over for the tournament (good for tied-for-34th). Dustin Johnson was considerably better, finishing with an even final round to go 1 under for the tournament. He finished ninth in his inaugural LIV event.
The Sporting News tracked Round 3 of LIV Golf London. Below are the highlights from Sunday’s play as well as the results for Schwartzel, Johnson and Mickelson.
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Charl Schwartzel led LIV Golf London after both 18 holes and 36 holes and is one of just eight players under par heading into the final day of the tournament.
Below is a look at the Round 3 leaderboard, which will be updated throughout the day after LIV Golf London begins at 9 a.m. ET. You can also watch the action live on the LIV Golf YouTube channel, and you can also stream it on DAZN.
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7:24 p.m.: Schwartzel misses par but has a tap-in bogey to finish 7-under for the tournament, good to earn him the inaugural LIV Golf event. That comes with a nice $4 million payday as well.
Taking home the trophy 🏆#LIVGolf | @CA_Schwartzel pic.twitter.com/DDgJ7kjI2m
7:23 p.m.: Du Plessis holes his par attempt, guaranteeing he finishes second and earning him a $2.125 million payday.
7:21 p.m.: Du Plessis’ birdie attempt just misses the mark pin-high. He’ll have a tap-in for par but it’s likely the closest he’ll get to Schwartzel is one stroke. He’ll remain in second after Grace finishes his day in second place after Grace fails to get one last birdie to move up into a tie for second place.
7:19 p.m.: Schwartzel’s lag putt misses the mark and goes 7, 8 feet past the mark. He’ll have that for par.
7:16 p.m.: Du Plessis’ approach lands center fairway. He needs a long birdie and needs Schwartzel to bogey to force a playoff. Not quite over yet.
7:15 p.m.: Schwartzel’s approach shot is far left — he has pretty much the entire green to traverse for a par attempt.
7:12 p.m.: Du Plessis hacks out of the fescue and is on the fairway, but needs a long up-and-down birdie to put any pressure on Schwartzel. He still needs to hold off Grace, as well.
7:11 p.m.: Schwartzel appears to be taking the cautious approach. He appears to favor fairway positioning as opposed to distance, and is quite a way from the green with three strokes remaining for par.
7:06 p.m.: Schwartzel’s drive finds the fairway. A par here may be good enough to secure him the LIV Golf London Invitational.
7:05 p.m.: Du Plessis’ drive is a little far and into the tall grass. Not ideal for any sort of comeback attempt.
7:04 p.m.: Schwartzel and Du Plessis head to the 559-yard, 5-par final hole with just two strokes separating the two.
7:01 p.m.: Schwartzel misses his own birdie attempt just right of the pin, keeping his lead at two strokes. Makes for a more interesting final hole.
6:55 p.m.: Du Plessis gives it a good look on his penultimate hole, but the lag putt stops a few rolls short of a birdie. He taps it in for par and remains two behind Schwartzel and one ahead of Branden Grace with one hole to play.
6:49 p.m.: Schwartzel takes his time with a putt for par with the wind just beginning to pick up. He makes it and lets out a small fist clench. He’s almost there.
But Du Plessis, two behind, will chase him to the end as he sinks a difficult par putt uphill.
6:42 p.m.: Schwartzel is 196 yards from the flag and gets onto the green. Du Plessis follows but faces a tricky next putt.
Elsewhere, Grace gets a birdie on the 18th.
6:36 p.m.: Two to play after this one and Schwartzel holds a two-shot lead. He tees off to huge cheers from the fans but looks as focused as ever.
6:30 p.m.: *Meant to say, it’s no guaranteed two-putter unless your name is Charl Schwartzel. He putts a huge uphill effort that stops inches from the hole and will pick up a par.
6:24 p.m.: Schwartzel, Du Plessis and Uihlein are all on the green but none of them are guaranteed two-putters from here.
6:16 p.m.: Uihlein is in the bunker from the tee. Schwartzel is in thick rough but he’ll be able to get back on the fairway easy enough.
6:12 p.m.: Schwartzel gets there in two for a bogey as Du Plessis follows up for par. He likes that one and is two shots off the top.
6:06 p.m.: Schwartzel gets out of the bunker onto the green but it’s a difficult putt for par. Du Plessis isn’t making his shots count though and faces a lengthy putt just for par too.
6:04 p.m.: Another member signed up to LIV Golf… Pat Perez!
But we’re more interested in the golf right now. Schwartzel has just shanked one off the tee on the par-three 14th.
Pat Perez is ready to rock 🏌️♂️#LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/b5PLOuC0vp
5:58 p.m.: Du Plessis grabs a birdie to go within two shots of Schwartzel… but only for a minute as the 2011 Masters champion responds with a birdie of his own. He still leads by three.
5:55 p.m.: Grace sinks a birdie to extend The Stingers’ lead in the team battle. They have a six-stroke lead over the Majesticks.
5:49 p.m.: Schwartzel is comfortably onto the green in two shots on the par five, 13th. He wants a smoother hole than his previous efforts to get back on track, but Du Plessis puts the pressure on by joining him on the green.
5:44 p.m.: Otaegui notches another birdie for his scorecard in an impressive afternoon and moves to three under.
5:40 p.m.: Du Plessis just misses the birdie and he knows that’s a big opportunity wasted. Schwartzel leads by three.
5:38 p.m.: Schwartzel is human after all. He picks up a double bogey with six to play,
5:33 p.m.: Du Plessis and Uihlein are both comfortably on the green but Schwartzel is in trouble in the bunker.
5:29 p.m.: Schwartzel is stood in the bushes taking that shot but gets the ball onto the fairway to recover.
5:25 p.m.: The plot thickens, Schwartzel blasts one off the tee into the crowd and it might take a while to find that one. Du Plessis puts his on the fairway.
5:23 p.m.: Horsfield is lapping up the praise from the home crowd as he sinks an eagle and he’s making a late charge. He’s on five under, five off the lead.
5:20 p.m.: Johnson’s birdie moves him up to two under while Graeme McDowell also hits a birdie. They’re flying in all over the course!
5:19 p.m.: Schwartzel goes for a long birdie putt on the par three but it falls a yard short and it’ll be another par.
5:15 p.m.: Horsfield hits a delicious shot close to the pin to set himself up for an eagle.
5:12 p.m.: Otagegui gets a birdie at 13 to move to two under and climbs to fifth on the leaderboard.
5:06 p.m.: Uihlein bounces back from a double bogey on nine with a par.
Schwartzel misses a birdie by mere inches and settles for another par.
4:58 p.m.: Away from the course, LIV Golf announces Patrick Reed has signed. He’ll join up for the second tournament in Portland.
Welcome @PReedGolf 👊#LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/nSA1XJIhky
4:53 p.m.: Schwartzel gets the par and he’s half way there to winning the first-ever LIV Golf trophy.
4:49 p.m.: Delightful from Schwartzel to get onto the green and he once again now looks on course for par. Du Plessis narrowly misses his birdie attempt and has to settle for par.
4:43 p.m.: Uihlein gets out of his tricky situation to fall just short of the green. Schwartzel’s second shot is further from the pin but he’s back on the fairway. Du Plessis is the closest of the three though and has the chance to gain a shot or two here.
4:37 p.m.: The wind has picked up a little on the tricky ninth hole for the leading pack with Schwartzel and Du Plessis both finding the rough on the right from the tee.
4:33 p.m.: Schwartzel’s into double digits at 10 under as he sinks a birdie putt. Du Plessis narrowly misses one of his own and has to settle for a par alongside Uihlein. They both trail the South African by five shots.
4:27 p.m.: He can do no wrong! He’s got seven straight pars at this point and that recovery shot to go a few metres from the pin puts Schwartzel on course for par again.
Du Plessis is in the bunker for his second shot but delivers a masterclass of a shot to line up on the green.
4:21 p.m.: A wayward tee shot from Schwartzel finds the rough.
4:16 p.m.: Uihlein rolls in for birdie to move to tied second and four off the leader. Du Plessis looked set to be on course for a bogey but sinks a long-ranger for a brilliant par. Schwartzel is showing no signs of letting up though to allow them back in.
Moving on 🆙@PeterUihlein nails the birdie to jump to second place#LIVGolf
4:09 p.m.: Turns out the guy who was hit by Uihlein took the shot to the bottom… but is now up and joking with the American. As well as fine bruise in the morning he’ll also have a signed glove from Uihlein.
#LIVGolf #Dontblink Ooooooof. Give him air. pic.twitter.com/bIF5U6dqXK
4:03 p.m.: A lively start off the tee on the seventh. Schwartzel can’t keep the ball on the fairway before Uihlein hits a huge shot and it strikes a member of the crowd. The man hit the floor but now appears to be up and on his feet as a relieved Uihlein looks on concerned. Du Plessis almost does similar but the crowd move out the way this time.
3:57 p.m.: Du Plessis drops his first shot of the day, that second shot making life difficult. Uihlein keeps his cool though to maintain par and leader Schwartzel follows suit. He’s now four clear.
3:51 p.m.: Garcia misses a bogey attempt at the ninth and all his hard work looks set to be undone by a double bogey and he’ll end up in ninth place on one over.
3:48 p.m.: Du Plessis shakes his head as his second shot on the sixth goes into the rough to the right side of the green.
3:44 p.m.: It’s not quite clicking for Ollie Bekker at the moment as he falls well short of his birdie putt attempt on the sixth.
Meanwhile, Garcia has played a tricky shot from the rough and seems to have lost his ball!
3:38 p.m.: Du Plessis and Uihlein both miss makeable putts for birdies to close the gap but have to settle for birdies on hole five.
3:33 p.m.: With Schwartzel and Du Plessis leading the charge at the moment, The Stingers are still on course to win the team event – they are seven shots clear at the top.
Chasing Charl 👀 #LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/pedTZnvtWj
3:28 p.m.: On the sixth, Johnson recovers from the bunker to make par. He’s still seven off the lead.
3:24 p.m.: Du Plessis is so unlucky not to pull off an incredible chipped-birdie effort on the fourth hole as the ball stops a yard short.
3:17 p.m.: Sam Horsfield has an awkward shot from the rough on a hill but gets back on track with a 120 yard shot to land just outside the green.
3:12 p.m.: Garcia hits his second birdie in three holes and is on the move up the leaderboard. He’s on one under and seventh in the leaderboard.
3:06 p.m.: The leader holds onto his three-stroke lead by sinking it.
Ian Poulter’s in the bunker, looking extremely suave in his light blue and white checkered trousers, but is still down in tied 12th on one over par.
3:02 p.m.: Schwartzel is still trying to recover from that opening miss-hit and now faces a tricky putt to save par, Du Plessis goes just short in his birdie attempt and taps in for par.
2:54 p.m.: The leader’s opening shot on the par four third stops just short of going into the crowd and he’s facing a tricky shot from the rough to recover.
Sergio Garcia has just hit a delightful birdie on the sixth.
2:49 p.m.: Schwartzel didn’t look too happy with that initial tee shot but his first impressive putt presents him with an easy tap-in for par. Uihlein makes a birdie to put some early pressure on the leader and moves to five under.
2:45 p.m.: Schwartzel makes the left side of the green from the tee on the par three, 2nd.
Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson has recorded an early bogey to drop back to five-over for the tournament.
2:36 p.m.: Schwartzel starts with a par having just gone wide with a tricky downhill birdie putt. Peter Uihlein, five behind the leader, has the chance to close the gap but misses and settles for par on his opening hole. Hennie Du Plessis, three off the lead, follows suit and also makes a par.
2:30 p.m.: Vincent begins with a double bogey but elsewhere there’s a few early birdies dropping in.
Mic moment ➡️ Scott Vincent#LIVGolf
2:25 p.m.: Dustin Johnson gets his final round underway with a birdie on the second.
He’s still way off the pace and seven behind Schwartzel, who will begin shortly with the final group starting on their own, just behind the shotgun start.
2:20 p.m.: We’re underway! Scott Vincent is in big trouble already. Currently on -4, he’s just smashed one into the trees with cameras showing the crowd taking cover. Not the ideal start for the Zimbabwean.
2:15 p.m.: The players are conducting their final TV interviews and we’re almost ready to begin. Remember, it’s a shotgun start so all players will be teeing off at the same time, starting at a different hole.
Surely it’s Charl Schwartzel and Team Stinger’s to lose today…
2 p.m.: Yes, the winner will pocket a cool $4million in prize money come the end of today’s proceedings… but the trophy’s not too bad either!
Hardware in the house 🏆#LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/gSM9eAtINB
1:45 p.m.: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the third and final round of LIV Golf London. The action is set to get underway shortly (2 p.m. local time/ 9am ET) and we’ll be bringing you live updates throughout.
LIV is promoting itself through accessibility. LIV Golf London can be watched through YouTube, Facebook, or the LIV Golf website around the world.
LIV Golf says the tournament “will also be aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in 138 territories around the world.”
Here is the complete broadcast guide by country.
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LIV Golf will not be broadcast on cable TV in the United States, so streaming is the only option.
Viewers in the U.K. can watch coverage on DAZN and Sky.
LIV Golf events will use a shotgun start, in which every player in the field tees off at about the same time from different holes and completes the course in order from there.
Play is expected to begin at 9 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local) each day.
Teams for LIV Golf events are drafted each week by tour-selected captains. Here’s the lineup for the London stop:
Stingers GC led the team competition with a combined score of 17 under after Round 2.