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Gooch takes 10-shot lead in final round of LIV Australia


Adelaide, Australia – Taylor Gooch continued his bogey-free run at the inaugural LIV Australia tournament on Saturday, carding his second consecutive 10-under 62 after two rounds at Grange Golf Club to extend his lead to 10 strokes.

Gooch had a 36-hole total of 124 in Sunday’s final round. He led by four strokes after the opening round.

As the tournament leader, the 31-year-old American began his round on the first hole on Saturday in the shotgun-start format, carding four birdies in five holes from the ninth. He birdied his final hole at the Grange to extend his lead to two points.

“Everything is going my way,” said Gooch, who had an eagle and eight birdies on Saturday. “I’m hitting the ball where I want it to go, so many times when I miss a shot, I get in a good spot.”

Brooks was a six-way tie for second, including Koepka, who shot 65.

Local favorite and British Open champion Cam Smith was one more stroke down and tied for eighth after a 66. Phil Mickelson was among that group after a 65.

The individual winner at The Grange will collect $4 million of the total $20 million purse.

DJ Fischer performs after the first round of LIV Golf Adelaide at The Grange Golf Club on Friday, April 21, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. Credit: AP/Montana Pritchard

The 14-event season continues next weekend at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club.