Charles Howell III Cruises To LIV Golf Mayakoba Win

A bogey-free final round helped the Crushers GC player to the $4m first prize and his first LIV Golf title

Charles Howell III celebrates with the trophy after the 2023 LIV Golf Mayakoba event
Charles Howell III held off the challenge of Peter Uhlein to win LIV Golf Mayakoba
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Charles Howell III cruised to victory in LIV Golf Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Club for his maiden win on the circuit after joining last year.

The Crushers GC player started the day a shot behind new 4 Aces GC recruit Peter Uihlein and the man Uihlein replaced, Range Goats GC’s Talor Gooch.

However, the two overnight leaders couldn't maintain their momentum, while Howell III was virtually imperious throughout. Gooch’s first bogey came on the second hole, while for Uihlein, he only lasted one hole longer before dropping a shot of his own. Meanwhile, by this time, the other member of the group, Howell III, had already made two birdies, on the second and third holes.

That became a common theme for the American, who made four birdies in succession between the fifth and eighth hole, and another on the par-3 10th to open up a four shot-lead.

After his setback on the third, Uihlein appeared to recover his composure with a birdie on the next hole that he followed up with an eagle on the fifth. However, disaster awaited him on the back nine. Gooch, meanwhile, had lost the lead by the time he made his second bogey of the day, on the seventh.

Elsewhere, Stingers GC’s Branden Grace was making his own bid for glory, with three birdies in his first nine holes keeping him in contention. However, by that point, Howell III’s lead over the South African was five, while Uihlein wasn’t faring much better as he opened up a four-shot lead over the man in second.

If Uihlein still had confidence of catching the leader, it surely all but vanished with seven to play when he found the woods. After playing a reasonable recovery shot, his next saw him hit the ball back behind more trees. Meanwhile, on the safety of the green, the ever-consistent Howell III finished for par safe in the knowledge his four-shot lead would soon increase.

Uihlein took a drop and finally found the green for a double-bogey chance. He missed, and had to settle for a triple-bogey seven. That placed Grace in second, six behind the leader, with Uihlein tumbling to a tie for third with Paul Casey. ‘

In fairness to Uihlein, he didn’t let his dispiriting experience on the 12th get to him, and he hit back with a birdie immediately. Two holes later, he did it again. However, although by now back in second, the gap between him and the leader was still five, and Howell III seemed destined to close out victory. Uihlein kept fighting, though, and another birdie with three to play made things more interesting.

Realistically, though, as well as more birdies, he needed Howell III to get the jitters. Given he hadn’t hit a bogey all day, it seemed unlikely. In fact, the opposite happened. Howell birdied the 17th – as did Uihlein – leaving him with a four-shot cushion going into the last hole. Despite a slightly wayward tee shot, Howell III kept his cool to make par and leave Uihlein stranded in second, with Grace finishing third.

As well as a $4m winner’s cheque for his individual win, Howell III’s Crushers GC also won the team event, banking $3m.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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