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Featuring in his second LIV Golf event, Cameron Smith picked up his first title, as the Australian led from start to finish in Chicago to scoop the $4 million first prize.
Although positions were changing left, right and centre, it was the current Open champion who stayed top of the leaderboard, as a number of crucial putts, just like we saw at St Andrews and the 150th Open Championship, gave him a three shot win.
WINNER WINNER 🏆#LIVGolf #LIVGolfChicago pic.twitter.com/utkNDnqYEPSeptember 18, 2022
Beginning the day, Smith held a two-shot advantage over the last LIV winner, Dustin Johnson. However through six holes that lead was down to one, as Johnson moved nearer to the Punch GC captain.
Only a few holes later though, Smith found himself three shots clear with the final nine to play and, thanks to some steady golf, it remained that way for the majority of the day.
Smash GC player, Peter Uihlein, did cut the deficit to two shots and, if he had holed a makeable putt on the 16th, he would have been within one. But it was Smith's experience that shone through, as two classy shots at his 17th set up a birdie which put him three shots clear going down the last.
With a par at the 18th, the title was Smith's, as the Aussie picked up a first LIV trophy. However, away from the individual title, it was the team event that was heating up, with the 4 Aces GC looking for a fourth consecutive victory.
Smash GC, Hy Flyers GC and Punch GC had run them close but, thanks to a birdie at the last from team captain, Johnson, it was the 4 Aces who picked up the fourth title and $750,000 each.
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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