Sergio Garcia (43, Spain) took the top spot at the Asian Tour SMBC Singapore Open held at the Serapong Course in Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Course in January 2018. He eased past his competitors by reducing three strokes in the final round, having started with a sole lead by one stroke. It was a meaningful day as he achieved his 30th career victory by adding 10 wins on the PGA Tour, 14 wins on the European Tour, and 6 wins on the Asian Tour.
Garcia, who has a good memory at the Sentosa golf course, is aiming for the top again. In the second round of the LIV Golf 5th Tournament held at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on the 29th, Garcia caught 7 birdies without a bogey, and took the joint lead with Taylor Gooch at 13 under par. He competes with Brooks Koepka, who finished third at 12 under par, in the final round championship group on the 30th.
Born in 1980, Garcia is considered one of LIV’s leading veterans, along with Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, and Bubba Watson. However, he has not yet won a championship since leaving the PGA Tour. His best result was 4th place at last year’s Chicago and Jeddah tournaments. In the 1st and 2nd rounds of this tournament, he seized a golden opportunity with 11 birdies and 1 eagle perfect play without a bogey.
The game on this day was a two-way match between Guchi and Koepka until the middle and late half. He tied for the lead at 11 under par.
The first to go ahead was Guchi. In the 10th hole (par 4), he succeeded in making a birdie putt from a tricky side rye and rose to the sole lead. Koepka then hit a tee shot to the side of the cup on the par 3 13th hole to become a joint leader. But both made mistakes right away. Hole 15 (par 4) Koepka’s tee shot and second shot both missed. look. At the same time, Guchi also recorded a bogey on the 13th hole.
Garcia, who was chasing the two by one stroke, did not miss this opportunity. Garcia, who was silently reducing the number of strokes without bogey, made a long-distance downhill birdie putt on the 15th hole and clenched his fists. Leading alone with 12 under par. Then, on the 16th hole (par 4), a 4m long birdie putt spread the lead to two strokes.
The second round seemed to end with Garcia’s solo run, but Guchi, who won the previous Australian tournament, was also not easy. In the par 3 17th hole and the final 18th hole (par 5), he caught birdies in a row and stood shoulder to shoulder with Garcia. 크크크벳
Garcia, who met after the game, said, “The memory of winning (2018) is definitely helpful. However, every competition feels different. This tournament also feels a little longer than before. There was also a teeing ground that was not used at the time.” “Winning is the reason we practice hard. After moving to LIV last year, there were several good chances to win. However, this failed to materialize. In the end, I think we have to work hard and wait for the moment of victory.”
On this day, Scott Vincent, who reduced 9 strokes alone, Cameron Tringale and Cameron Smith tied for 4th place at 11 under par. Mickelson is 7th at 10 under par. Danny Lee, a Korean New Zealander, and Kevin Na, a Korean American, tied for 14th at 5 under par, and Sihwan Kim, a Korean American, ranked 35th at 1 under par.
In the team event, which combines the records of the three best performers by team, the Range Goat held by Gooch, Watson, Harald Varner III, and Thomas Peters, and the high flyer paired with Mickelson, Tringale, Brendan Steel, and James Piot tied for 25 under par. took the lead