PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Talor GoochTo tie the match, he made a 4-foot birdie on his last hole Peter UihleinFor the lead in LIV Golf season debut at Mayakoba, which looks to be an Oklahoma State alumni reunion.
Uihlein led El Camaleon for most of Saturday, until a bogey birdie-bogey finish gave way to a 5-under-66. Gooch was bogey-free and ended his round with an approach to the short range on the par-4 1st hole.
They were Oklahoma State teammates. Uihlein was a junior who had won the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay as Gooch was a freshman.
They were at 9-under133, one shot in front of Charles Howell IIIThe Cowboys most prominent player was, who played more than a decade before. Howell opened with three consecutive birdies and closed with a birdie to give the Cowboys a 66.
Uihlein finished at No. He was 3rd on the points list for LIVs inaugural season. He was then recruited to replace Gooch in the 4 Aces team. Dustin Johnson. He finished the front nine by making five birdies in a stretch of six holes, before settling into a series a pars to complete his wild finish.
The back nine were just tough. Uihlein stated that the greens became a little more crusty. I kept it in play, which is all I can do around here.
Howells round was a key factor in the Crushers victory over the 4 Aces in the team competition.
From 2007 to last November, Mayakoba hosted a PGA Tour event. Howell played the tournament 13 times, with three top 10s, his best being a tie for fourth in 2018.
Ive played this course many times. Howell stated that you just cant get comfortable around this course. If you drive it well you can play it. We have a difficult day ahead of us.
Johnson settled for a 72 after taking a double bogey at the end of his round. He was now six shots ahead.
Phil MickelsonOnly one birdie was made in his round of 75. After two rounds, he was 14 shots behind. Sunday will be the third round.