Henrik Stenson of Sweden held on to capture the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster by two shots Sunday in Bedminster, NJ
The 46-year-old Stenson turned back the clock to win his LIV Golf Invitational Series debut in 11-under-par 202. After an opening-round 64, Stenson shot back-to-back 69s to stay out of the field at . Trump National Bedminster.
Stenson beat Matthew Wolff (final round 64) and Dustin Johnson (68) by two shots. Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (68) was fourth at 8 under and Patrick Reed (69) tied for fifth at 7 under.
Stenson was stripped of the captaincy of the European Ryder Cup team this month as a consequence of his joining the Saudi-funded LIV Series, which aims to compete with the PGA and DP World Tours.
“I guess we can get along,” Stenson told the LIV broadcast, “I played like a captain.”
Stenson’s last professional victory came nearly five years ago at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in August 2017.
“It’s been a good first week, obviously. Nice to be here with the guys and get a feel for it,” Stenson said. “It’s been a busy 10 days and I’m extremely proud that I managed to focus as well as I did. It was a bit shaky coming home. We haven’t closed the deal for a couple of years with any wins, so it’s always that little bit extra pressure when you’re in combat.”
LIV uses a scramble format that allows all players to be on the course at the same time, but as the overnight leader, Stenson began his round at the first hole and finished on No. 18. He bogeyed the par-4 first and fifth holes and added a third birdie on the par-3 14th before his lone bogey on the par-5 15th.
Stenson made a par save on the par-4 17th hole that he called “massive to keep the cushion up the last.”
Wolff’s bogey-free 64 was the round of the day, highlighted by an eagle 2 on No. 10. He drove the green on the short par 4 and sank a short eagle putt. He added five birdies, including a chip-in on No. 17.
Stenson’s victory was not enough to lift his team, Majestic’s GC, to the team victory. Instead, 4 Aces GC ran away with the team title thanks to captain Johnson, Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez combining for 25 under par. The Majesticks were a distant second, as England captain Lee Westwood, Stenson and Englishmen Ian Poulter and Sam Horsfield combined to go 17 under.
–Field Level Media