ST ALBANS: South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel held off compatriot Hennie Du Plessis to assert the most important pay cheque in golf historical past on the opening occasion of the LIV Invitational Sequence on Saturday.
The 37-year-old led by three strokes going into the third and remaining spherical on the Centurion course north of London, and consolidated with a spherical of 72 to seal the $4 million prize.
Schwartzel, whose earlier highest pay cheque was the $1.4 million he scooped for successful the 2011 Masters, ended up on seven-under with Du Plessis ending one stroke again. One other South African, Branden Grace, completed third on 5 beneath.
All three have been taking part in for the Stingers group who simply received the group factor of the brand new collection.
“You recognize, it’s a aid,” Schwartzel, who additionally picked up an added $750,000 for being a part of the successful group, mentioned.
“I had it in my arms however I made it a bit harder than it ought to have been. By no means in my wildest goals did I ever suppose we may play for that a lot cash in golf.”
Schwartzel’s victory ended a tumultuous launch week for the breakaway circuit which is backed to the tune of $250 million by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF).
Organisers will level to decent-sized crowds, loads of glitz and the presence of huge names together with six-time main champion Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia.
However the first of eight occasions has been as a lot a few creating energy wrestle off the course and accusations of Saudi ‘sportswashing’ and greed because the motion on it.
“All I can say is that the evolution of golf has arrived,” LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, who tried to arrange a brand new world tour within the Nineteen Nineties, mentioned on the presentation ceremony.
“For 27 years there have been loads of obstacles put in our path, loads of goals have tried to be squashed however they couldn’t squash us.”
On Thursday the PGA Tour introduced it had suspended gamers collaborating within the LIV collection — a transfer LIV organisers described as vindictive and which may result in a authorized battle.
The PGA suspension and the prospect of being ineligible for the Ryder Cup has not stopped extra gamers turning their again on the PGA Tour with big-hitting main champion Bryson DeChambeau becoming a member of the get together on Friday and fellow American Patrick Reed following swimsuit on Saturday.
Each will make their debuts on the second occasion of the collection in Portland, Oregon later this month.
“I’m tremendous excited,” the 31-year-old Reed informed the streamed protection of the ultimate day on YouTube which attracted 100,000 viewers at its peak.
“Being a part of the evolution and alter in golf is unbelievable. Portland can’t get right here quickly sufficient.”
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