BOLTON, Mass. After two rounds of the LIV Golf Invitational Boston, Talor Gooch shot a 5-under 65.
Gooch was one of the first to sign up for the Saudi-funded league. He has been in the top 10 in each series.
He was at 12-under-198 and will play the third and final round Sunday with Dustin Johnson (63).
Johnson has also been in the top 10 at all three LIV Golf events.
Johnson said that he has been playing solid and felt like it every week. His last victory was at the Saudi International in February 2021. Each round I feel like my doing the right thing. Its all going eventually to come together. The game is in great form and I like the direction its going in.
Sihwan K. won the most improved award. Sihwan Kim won the most improved award with an 87 first round, which included a 10 on 16th hole. Saturday was a different story. Kim finished with a 63, which was 24 shots better than the low round of day.
Even with such low scores at The International, many of the competitors felt they could have been lower. Gooch missed a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th, and had to settle with a one-shot lead.
Gooch stated, Theres more meat on the bones out there. You don’t take good rounds as a given, but you still aren’t satisfied. You know you can squeeze more juice from the squeeze, so well see if we can do it tomorrow.
Niemann, a 23-year-old Chilean player, signed with LIV Golf after completing the Tour Championship at Atlanta. He will be competing alongside Charl Schwartzel (London), and Henrik Stenson in New Jersey to win their first LIV event.
Cameron Smith, British Open champion, made it two straight days with an eagle at the par-5 final hole. This one kept him in the game. He was five shots behind when he scored the eagle that allowed him to break Par at 69.
Although players were allowed to wear shorts while playing, not everyone was. Not everyone will.
Johnson wore shorts only on the PGA Tour. However, they were allowed in the pro-am. Johnson realized the message too late and decided not to change in the middle tournament. So he will be wearing pants again Sunday.
Johnson said that Im sure well all wear shorts in Bangkok and Jeddah, referring to LIV golf invitational events in Asia later in this year.
Phil Mickelson ended his nine-round streak of LIV Golf without breaking 70. He shot a 68 Saturday and was tied 39th in the 48-man field.