LIV Golf Tucson winner Danny Lee wins with birdie in playoff: How much money did he win?
LIV Golf had its second playoff since the Saudi-funded series began last year
After birdieing his final two holes, Lee won LIV Golf Tucson on Sunday with a 25-foot birdie putt from off the 18th green for his first victory in nearly eight years.
The Saudi-funded LIV Golf series began last year with Dustin Johnson winning the playoff outside Boston.
After finishing at 9-under 275, Lee joined the playoff with Carlos Ortiz (65), Brendan Steele (70) and Louis Oosthuizen (70). Oosthuizen bogeyed the par-5 17th to fall one behind, then birdied the 18th to join the playoff. Lee nearly squandered his first playoff chance when his approach landed 5 feet from the hole on No. 18 on the first extra hole. He pushed it to the right.
In the first extra hole, Ortiz went long off the 18th green, chipped to 6 feet, and missed the par putt.
In the 18th hole, Lee’s approach from the fairway missed the green to the right, leaving him in a difficult position with the pin all the way to the right side of the green.
Steele and Oosthuizen both missed long birdie putts. Lee used his putter, even though he was about 10 feet off the green. He gave it a rap and the putt rattled against the pin, disappearing.
I haven’t won since 2015. I thought winning was not my thing, but today has changed that,” said Lee, who signed with LIV Golf in February when he was ranked 267.
Last year, he won the Greenbrier Classic, which is no longer part of the PGA Tour but will be part of the LIV Golf schedule.
Lee said, “I’m glad I can play good golf again.”.
Ortiz directed the Fireballs to a decisive triumph over the 4 Aces, with Lee’s Ironheads concluded in third spot. Charles Howell III, who had won LIV Golf’s season commencement at Mayakoba, started off with a good lead. Yet, he earned a triple bogey on the par-3 eighth and failed to score a birdie on the par-5 seventeenth. His concluding tally was 72 from which he ended up one stroke removed from the playoff.Lee earned $4 million of the $20 million individual play prize pool, basically comparable to what he gathered in his last four seasons altogether on PGA Tour.
Prior to the Masters, LIV Golf will take a week off before starting a new tournament in Orlando, Florida.