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Branden Grace took home the second LIV Golf tournament, held in Oregon, producing the biggest financial win of her career. He signed 13 under par


Branden Grace took home the second LIV Golf tournament, held in Oregon, producing the biggest financial win of her career. He signed 13 under par, in 54 holes (characteristic of this tournament), leaving Mexican Carlos Ortiz in second place.

Dustin Johnson and his 4 Aces GC team won this specialty. Ortiz’s, Fireballs GC, obtained third place and the last monetary position, thanks to the Mexican’s birdie on the 18th hole.

Grace’s victory comes on the heels of a third-place finish in London, as the South African has found triumphant form since joining LIV Golf. In winning, he claimed the individual prize of €4 million, as well as a quarter of the second place prize (€1.5 million) won by Stinger GC, making his total payout €4.375 million.

Ortiz’s Fireballs shared 500 thousand euros for finishing in third place. Fireballs GC General Captain Sergio Garcia was happy to see his team, which includes Ortiz, Abraham Ancer and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, all making their LIV Golf debuts this week.

On the PGA Tour, the American JT Poston signed the final round of 69 strokes, two under par, to be crowned at the John Deere Classic, with which he achieved his second official title.
Poston also qualified to play in the 150th edition of the Open Championship, to be played in St. Andrews in mid-July. He beat Emiliano Grillo (69) and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (66) by three shots to become the third player to win end-to-end in the history of this tournament, along with Scott Hoch in 1980 and South African David Frost in 1992.

Argentina’s Grillo also achieved two goals: His long-awaited qualification for the Open Championship in St. Andrews and he made a significant jump in qualifying for the FedEx Cup, having risen from 147th to 85th place.

In recent months, three Latin Americans had dropped out of the top 100 in the world ranking: Jhonattan Vegas, Emiliano Grillo and Carlos Ortiz. After his runner-up finish in the John Deere Classic, he will be very close to entering again.

In Colorado, China’s Ze-cheng Dou outplayed his compatriot Carl Yuan and, with a final round of 5-under-par 67, captured The Ascendant. A tremendous duel, in which three other players also took part: Argentine Augusto Núñez, who is getting closer to the PGA Tour, as well as Jeremy Paul (66) and Brandon Matthews (68); each on the same accumulated 15-under.

I remind you, as always, that Playing Golf is… Making friends! Until next time.

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