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LIV Golf Miami: Round One Thrills and Leaders Emerged

Peter Uihlein of RangeGoats GC is tied for the lead following round one of LIV Golf Miami

In a whirlwind of spectacular shots and intense competition, the opening round of LIV Golf Miami unfolded with gripping performances and surprising twists, leaving fans eagerly awaiting what the subsequent rounds will bring.

Below are just some of the highlights and notable achievements from yesterday’s action-packed event.

Talor Gooch of Smash GC shot a 5-under 67 at LIV Golf Miami
Talor Gooch of Smash GC shot a 5-under 67 at LIV Golf Miami to share the first-round lead. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/LIV Golf)

Talor Gooch, Sergio Garcia, and Peter Uihlein Share the Lead

Flashbacks to his triumphant streak last April seemed inevitable as Talor Gooch, the seasoned star from Smash GC, ignited the course with a scintillating 5-under 67, positioning himself at the summit alongside the formidable Sergio Garcia and Peter Uihlein.

Gooch’s resurgence mirrors his stellar form from the previous year, reigniting hopes of reclaiming past glories.

“This felt a little reminiscent of some of those deep rounds I had last year around this time of year,” said Gooch, who was traded from the RangeGoats to Brooks Koepka’s Smash team during the offseason.

“Hopefully we can catch some of that fire we had this time last year and get it going.””

Garcia, the steadfast captain of Fireballs GC, orchestrated a flawless performance, showcasing impeccable precision with 16 greens in regulation, a feat unmatched by his peers.

Fireballs GC Captain Sergio Garcia shot a bogey-free round on Friday at Trump National Doral.
Fireballs GC Captain Sergio Garcia shot a bogey-free round on Friday at Trump National Doral. (Photo by Jon Ferrey/LIV Golf)

Reflecting on his round, Garcia emphasised the importance of composure and solid lag-putting, elements that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

“I wasn’t hitting it super-close most of the time, but I was hitting a lot of greens,” said Garcia, who has been part of two of the seven playoffs in LIV Golf history but is still seeking his first LIV individual win.

“My lag putting was good. I didn’t put myself under a lot of stress. That obviously helped.””

Uihlein, renowned for his consistency, underscored his versatility by leading the field in putting, a testament to his well-rounded skill set.

With an unyielding determination to clinch his maiden individual victory, Uihlein’s poised demeanour and strategic approach bode well for his prospects in the upcoming rounds.

“Played really well, putted nice and just kind of felt like I was plotting my way around there, which was good,” Uihlein said.”

Team Dynamics and Rangegoats Dominate

Beyond individual brilliance, the team dynamics came into sharp focus, with Rangegoats GC seizing the spotlight by surging ahead with a commanding five-stroke lead over Legion XIII.

Led by Uihlein’s stellar performance and ably supported by Bubba Watson and Matthew Wolff, Rangegoats GC set the tone for a compelling team battle.

“Every time I caught up to him, he was close to the hole, so I assumed he was hitting it pretty close,” Uihlein said.”

The camaraderie between Uihlein and Wolff, forged through their shared journey, showcased the power of teamwork and mutual inspiration.

Despite not being grouped together, their synchronised efforts underscored the collective spirit driving their team towards excellence.

Intriguing Subplots and Stellar Shots

As the competition unfolded, captivating subplots emerged, adding layers of intrigue to the narrative.

Garcia’s nostalgic reunion with his trusted Scotty Cameron putter symbolized a blend of tradition and innovation, infusing his game with renewed confidence and nostalgia for past triumphs.

“Obviously, I have a lot of good memories from that with that putter,” Garcia said. “I wanted to bring it back, and it worked quite nicely today.”

Meanwhile, Gooch’s audacious birdie at the challenging 13th hole epitomised the unpredictable nature of the sport, underscoring the significance of seizing pivotal moments amidst adversity.

“That was sick,” Gooch said. “You don’t practice that. You’re kind of standing there, kind of hoping to make par – and then when it happens to go in, it’s like OK, this could be a good day.””

Looking Ahead: Round 2 Anticipation

With the stage set for another exhilarating round, anticipation mounts as the contenders prepare to resume their quest for glory.

Saturday’s second round promises riveting showdowns and gripping narratives as the stakes escalate, setting the stage for an unforgettable climax.

Stay tuned as the drama unfolds at LIV Golf Miami, where legends are forged and dreams are realised amidst the lush greens and towering fairways.


Driving accuracy: Kieran Vincent, 85.71% (12 of 14 fairways hit)
Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 318.9 yards avg.
Longest drive: Dean Burmester, 345.9 yards, 8th hole
Greens in regulation: Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, 88.89% (16 of 18 greens)
Scrambling: Sergio Garcia (2 of 2), Bubba Watson (2 of 2), 100%
Putting: Peter Uihlein, 1.28 putts per hole
Bogey-free rounds: Sergio Garcia (67)


Standings and counting scores for Friday’s opening round of the team competition at LIV Golf Miami. T

he three best scores from each team count in the first two rounds while all four scores count in the final round.

The team with the lowest cumulative score after three rounds wins the team title.
1. RANGEGOATS GC -13 (Uihlein 67, Wolff 68, Watson 68)
2. LEGION XIII -8 (Rahm 69, Surratt 69, Hatton 70)
3. 4ACES GC -7 (Reed 69, Johnson 70, Varner III 70)
4. SMASH GC -6 (Gooch 67, Koepka 69, McDowell 74)
5. STINGER GC -5 (Burmester 68, Oosthuizen 70, Schwartzel 73)
6. FIREBALLS GC -3 (Garcia 67, Ancer 73, Chacarra 73)
T7. IRONHEADS GC -2 (Vincent 68, Na 70, Lee 76)
T7. CLEEKS GC -2 (Bland 71, Samooja 71, Kaymer 72)
T7. TORQUE GC -2 (Pereira 69, Niemann 71, Muñoz 74)
T7. CRUSHERS GC -2 (DeChambeau 71, Casey 71, Lahiri 72)
11. RIPPER GC +1 (Leishman 70, Herbert 73, Jones 74)
12. HYFLYERS GC +2 (Steele 69, Tringale 73, Mickelson 76)
13. MAJESTICKS GC +4 (Poulter 72, Stenson 73, Westwood 75)