On Sunday, LIV Golf delivered the chaotic finish that was promising

Dustin Johnson turns to the crowd after making an eagle to win the LIV Golf Invitational in Boston.

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It took LIV Golf months to deliver what it had long promised to deliver to the world of golf, but it finally arrived on Sunday: the first playoff at LIV Golf, the highlight of one of the world’s best golfers and, before that, an utterly chaotic golf hour.

Thanks to her outstanding nature for everyone on the court and at the same time, the end of LIV Golf’s Boston Invitational saw a group of its best players run to the finish. there was Cameron Smith, the No. 2 player in the world and perhaps the most polarizing LIV you’ve committed to so far. there was Dustin Johnson, the two-time main winner and the largest fish to join when released. There was Lee Westwood scooping the best run of his season, Anirban Lahiri almost making the Eagle to win the event, and one of the recent signers, Joaquin Neiman, trying to finish what he started. Around them were thousands of grumpy fans who created a raucous atmosphere at the International Golf Club. Blend it all in a blender and that’s exactly what LIV wants to serve in cooking.

It was Lahiri who scored 15 points under first place, 10 minutes ahead of the others. Then came Neiman, who was just two minutes ahead of Johnson. When Johnson got up and down to get his place in the playoff, it was clearly a long run into the night. They will play the role of the 5th in the 18th place the number of times needed to crown the champion.


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Just seconds later, at least according to the television broadcast, Westwood stood over throwing the ball on the third hole, in a completely different part of the field, and for the first time the championship balance was suspended in the air somewhere else From the eighteenth hole. Very important shots, only seconds apart, adding instant context to this sprinting format. It’s unlike professional golf as we’ve come to know it, and it’s still not perfect. I wasn’t always sure which hatch was par-4 or par-5, and it wasn’t always clear if it was a bird strike or a saver, but the goods are constantly being offered. Do you like this golf mess? It’s up to you.

Johnson, Lahiri, and Neiman were quickly moved to tee number 18, where Neiman played first, pumping the tee into the crowd, turning the spectator off. This happens everywhere in golf. It is one of the individual spectator costs of doing business. What wasn’t natural was that we soon learned the fan’s name, Rich, because the broadcast team at LIV Golf put a microphone in his face and asked him how he was. No, we haven’t seen this before. Do you like it? It’s up to you.

Rich was a cheerful man, suckling from what would surely become a bruise on the left side of his chest. Encouraged by the people around him, he removed the sunglasses from his ball cap in the middle of the interview and smiled. “Trump” is written on the front of his hat. He proceeded to say, “I want a PGA [Tour] The LIV Course of Convergence and Convergence.

Rich wasn’t speaking for LIV Golf, which soon began broadcasting, nor the PGA Tour, which was halted this week before a new season begins later this month. But he appears to be representing the crowd at the Boston event. They were as loud and contradictory as any LIV event we’ve seen so far. This is the LIV logo: Golf, but louder. Do you like it? It’s up to you.

The three-man playoff only lasted a few more shots, which was probably the best of all. Niemann failed to give himself a birdie chance, and although Lahiri was waiting for him to attempt a 3-foot bird, he never got the chance to try it. Johnson took that away when he hit an Eagle’s 40-foot bomb. It crashed into the back of the cup, popped up and then fell into the jar. The playoff is over. Fans and broadcasters became unruly. It doesn’t matter what tour it takes – most people will love it.

Lahiri couldn’t be angry. Nor Neiman. They both smiled and the DJ smiled. Both were on the verge of making more money than ever before.

Up until this point, LIV Golf endings have been all about that one thing: money. Charl Schwartzel made a quiet bogeyman in London to end a wire-to-wire victory in the opening event. After that the focus was largely on his gains. Branden Grace won by 2 in Portland, and he’s never felt this close. Henrik Stenson won the New Jersey iteration of LIV Golf by 2 as well. Apparently there were no nervous shots along the way, only Stinson preparing a hit for the cameras After the captain took the Ryder Cup from him. With three events, the talk was mostly about money, a little bit about the picks, and even less about the tournaments and loopholes where the win was happening. That flipped, if only slightly, Sunday night in Massachusetts.

Do you like it? It’s up to you. The next LIV event is only 12 days from now.

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