4 Aces Win Inaugural LIV Golf Team Championship

After dominating the team events throughout the season, the 4 Aces secured the $16 million first prize

The 4 Aces GC celebrate
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At the LIV Golf Team Championship finale, it was the 4 Aces GC who continued their team domination, as they picked up the title, and $16 million, with a one shot victory over Punch GC in a thrilling final day.

Going into the final round, every player's score counted, with the lowest aggregate team score picking up the top prize. Throughout the last 18 holes, it all came down to the 4 Aces GC captain, Dustin Johnson's final putt at the final hole.

Early doors, the trio of the 4 Aces, Punch and Smash GC could barely be separated as they battled it out at Trump National Doral. Even with six holes left, it was Smash GC who held the lead, with Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Brooks and Chase Koepka at two-under.

However, despite Kokrak being four-under, his fellow teammates were all over-par, extinguishing any chance of a team title. That left Punch and 4 Aces to battle it out in Miami and, with three holes left, it was the American team of Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez who led the Australian side of Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby and Matt Jones.

Despite Leishman's score being the worst out of his quartet, a birdie at his final hole, the first, seemed to have done enough for a playoff. However, Reed's birdie for the 4 Aces gave them a one shot advantage as the captains, Johnson and Smith, came down the last.

Smith hits a driver

Smith carded the round of the day, as his side finished one shot shy

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It was then advantage Johnson, especially when Smith pushed his drive and flew the green with his second. Finding the putting surface, a two-putt was all that was needed to secure the inaugural title for the 4 Aces and, despite Smith getting up and down for par, Johnson successfully holed his par putt for the win.

You could say it was a somewhat deserved victory for the 4 Aces, given that all four men were under-par for the day - Johnson, Reed and Perez at two-under and Gooch at one-under, but it was the heroics of Smith which didn't go unnoticed, as a seven-under-par 65 is what kept his Punch GC side in contention.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x