Charl Schwartzel has led through 18 holes at the LIV Golf London event and through 36 holes as well. Will he be able to hold on through 54 holes to become the first champion on the new start-up tour?
LIV Golf tournaments only last three days, so Saturday will be the final round of the championship. Schwartzel seems poised to win it, as he has a three-stroke lead and has been among the best scorers on the course in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the event.
That said, Centurion Golf Club has proven to be a tough course, as only eight of 48 players are under par through the first two rounds of the tournament. Schwartzel has been accurate off the tee and has been hot with the putter, too. If he struggles in either area Saturday, however, the door may be open for another golfer to emerge and overtake him.
Right now, Hennie Du Plessis is the closest to Schwartzel, so he represents the biggest threat to the 2011 Masters champion. Further back, Dustin Johnson — the highest-ranked player on the LIV Golf tour — is eight strokes off the lead at 1 under par. Johnson would need some help to win, but if he can get hot with the driver, he may have a chance to make a run at first place and the $4 million prize.
As for Phil Mickelson, he shot 5 over in Round 2 to drop to 4 over for the tournament. That puts him out of contention for this week’s title, so he will likely focus on trying to get back to even par.
The Sporting News is tracking Round 3 of LIV Golf London. Below are the highlights from Sunday’s play as well as the results for Schwartzel, Johnson and Mickelson.
LIV Golf London leaderboard 2022
Charl Schwartzel led LIV Golf London after both 18 holes and 36 holes and is one of just eight players under par heading into the final day of the tournament.
Below is a look at the Round 3 leaderboard, which will be updated throughout the day after LIV Golf London begins at 9 a.m. ET. You can also watch the action live, and you can also .
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LIV Golf London live updates, highlights from Friday’s Round 3
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6:36pm: Two to play after this one and Schwartzel holds a two-shot lead. He tees off to huge cheers from the fans but looks as focused as ever.
6:30pm: *Meant to say, it’s no guaranteed two-putter unless your name is Charl Schwartzel. He putts a huge uphill effort that stops inches from the hole and will pick up a par.
6:24pm: Schwartzel, Du Plessis and Uihlein are all on the green but none of them are guaranteed two-putters from here.
6:16pm: Uihlein is in the bunker from the tee. Schwartzel is in thick rough but he’ll be able to get back on the fairway easy enough.
6:12pm: Schwartzel gets there in two for a bogey as Du Plessis follows up for par. He likes that one and is two shots off the top.
6:06pm: Schwartzel gets out of the bunker onto the green but it’s a difficult putt for par. Du Plessis isn’t making his shots count though and faces a lengthy putt just for par too.
6:04pm: Another member signed up to LIV Golf… Pat Perez!
But we’re more interested in the golf right now. Schwartzel has just shanked one off the tee on the par-three 14th.
Pat Perez is ready to rock 🏌️♂️
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
5:58pm: Du Plessis grabs a birdie to go within two shots of Schwartzel… but only for a minute as the 2011 Masters champion responds with a birdie of his own. He still leads by three.
5:55pm: Grace sinks a birdie to extend The Stingers’ lead in the team battle. They have a six-stroke lead over the Majesticks.
5:49pm: Schwartzel is comfortably onto the green in two shots on the par five, 13th. He wants a smoother hole than his previous efforts to get back on track, but Du Plessis puts the pressure on by joining him on the green.
5:44pm: Otagegui notches another birdie for his scorecard in an impressive afternoon and moves to three under.
5:40pm: Du Plessis just misses the birdie and he knows that’s a big opportunity wasted. Schwartzel leads by three.
5:38pm: Schwartzel is human after all. He picks up a double bogey with six to play,
5:33pm: Du Plessis and Uihlein are both comfortably on the green but Schwartzel is in trouble in the bunker.
5:29pm: Schwartzel is stood in the bushes taking that shot but gets the ball onto the fairway to recover.
5:25pm: The plot thickens, Schwartzel blasts one off the tee into the crowd and it might take a while to find that one. Du Plessis puts his on the fairway.
5:23pm: Horsfield is lapping up the praise from the home crowd as he sinks an eagle and he’s making a late charge. He’s on five under, five off the lead.
5:20pm: Johnson’s birdie moves him up to two under while Graeme McDowell also hits a birdie. They’re flying in all over the course!
5:19pm: Schwartzel goes for a long birdie putt on the par three but it falls a yard short and it’ll be another par.
5:15pm: Horsfield hits a delicious shot close to the pin to set himself up for an eagle.
5:12pm: Otagegui gets a birdie at 13 to move to two under and climbs to fifth on the leaderboard.
5:06pm: Uihlein bounces back from a double bogey on nine with a par.
Schwartzel misses a birdie by mere inches and settles for another par.
4:58pm: Away from the course, LIV Golf announce that Patrick Reed has signed. He’ll join up for the second tournament in Portland.
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
4:53pm: Schwartzel gets the par and he’s half way there to winning the first-ever LIV Golf trophy.
4:49pm: Delightful from Schwartzel to get onto the green and he once again now looks on course for par. Du Plessis narrowly misses his birdie attempt and has to settle for par.
4:43pm: Uihlein gets out of his tricky situation to fall just short of the green. Schwartzel’s second shot is further from the pin but he’s back on the fairway. Du Plessis is the closest of the three though and has the chance to gain a shot or two here.
4:37pm: The wind’s picked up a little on the tricky ninth hole for the leading pack with Schwartzel and Du Plessis both finding the rough on the right from the tee.
4:33pm: Schwartzel’s into double digits at 10 under as he sinks a birdie putt. Du Plessis narrowly misses one of his own and has to settle for a par alongside Uihlein. They both trail the South African by five shots.
4:27pm: He can do no wrong! He’s got seven straight pars at this point and that recovery shot to go a few metres from the pin puts Schwartzel on course for par again.
Du Plessis is in the bunker for his second shot but delivers a masterclass of s shot to line up on the green.
4:21pm: A wayward tee shot from Schwartzel finds the rough.
4:16pm: Uihlein rolls in for birdie to move to tied second and four off the leader. Du Plessis looked set to be on course for a bogey but sinks a long-ranger for a brilliant par. Schwartzel is showing no signs of letting up though to allow them back in.
Moving on 🆙nails the birdie to jump to second place
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
4:09pm: Turns out the the guy who was hit by Uihlein took the shot to the bottom… but is now up and joking with the American. As well as fine bruise in the morning he’ll also have a signed glove from Uihlein.
Ooooooof. Give him air.
— SafemoonDog (@safemoondog)
4:03pm: A lively start off the tee on the seventh. Schwartzel can’t keep the ball on the fairway before Uihlein hits a huge shot and it strikes a member of the crowd. The man hit the floor but now appears to be up and on his feet as a relieved Uihlein looks on concerned. Du Plessis almost does similar but the crowd move out the way this time.
3:57pm: Du Plessis drops his first shot of the day, that second shot making life difficult. Uihlein keeps his cool though to maintain par and leader Schwartzel follows suit. He’s now four clear.
3:51pm: Garcia misses a bogey attempt at the ninth and all his hard work looks set to be undone by a double bogey and he’ll end up in ninth place on one over.
3:48pm: Du Plessis shakes his head as his second shot on the sixth goes into the rough to the right side of the green.
3:44pm: It’s not quite clicking for Ollie Bekker at the moment as he falls well short of his birdie putt attempt on the sixth.
Meanwhile, Garcia’s played a tricky shot from the rough and seems to have lost his ball!
3:38pm: Du Plessis and Uihlein both miss makable putts for birdies to close the gap but have to settle for birdies on hole five.
3:33pm: With Schwartzel and Du Plessis leading the charge at the moment, The Stingers are still on course to win the team event – they are seven shots clear at the top.
Chasing Charl 👀
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
3:28pm: On the sixth, Johnson recovers from the bunker to make par. He’s still seven off the lead.
3:24pm: Du Plessis is so unlucky not to pull off an incredible chipped-birdie effort on the fourth hole as the ball stops a yard short.
3:17pm: Sam Horsfield has an awkward shot from the rough on a hill but gets back on track with a 120 yard shot to land just outside the green.
3:12pm: Garcia hits his second birdie in three holes and is on the move up the leaderboard. He’s on one under and seventh in the leaderboard.
3:06pm: The leader holds onto his three-stroke lead by sinking it.
Ian Poulter’s in the bunker, looking extremely suave in his light blue and white checkered trousers, but is still down in tied 12th on one over par.
3:02pm: Schwartzel is still trying to recover from that opening miss-hit and now faces a tricky putt to save par, Du Plessis goes just short in his birdie attempt and taps in for par.
2:54pm: The leader’s opening shot on the par four third stops just short of going into the crowd and he’s facing a tricky shot from the rough to recover.
Sergio Garcia has just hit a delightful birdie on the sixth.
2:49pm: Schwartzel didn’t look too happy with that initial tee shot but his first impressive putt presents him with an easy tap in for par. Uihlein makes a birdie to put some early pressure on the leader and moves to five under.
2:45pm: Schwartzel makes the left side of the green from the tee on the par three, 2nd.
Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson’s recorded an early bogey to drop back to five-over for the tournament.
2:36pm: Schwartzel starts with a par having just gone wide with a tricky downhill birdie putt. Peter Uihlein, five behind the leader, has the chance to close the gap but misses and settles for par on his opening hole. Hennie Du Plessis, three off the lead, follows suit and also makes a par.
2:30pm: Vincent begins with a double bogey but elsewhere there’s a few early birdies dropping in.
Mic moment ➡️ Scott Vincent
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
2:25pm: Dustin Johnson gets his final round underway with a birdie on the second.
He’s still way off the pace and seven behind Schwartzel, who will begin shortly with the final group starting on their own, just behind the shotgun start.
2:20pm: We’re underway! Scott Vincent is in big trouble already. Currently on -4, he’s just smashed one into the trees with cameras showing the crowd taking cover. Not the ideal start for the Zimbabwean.
2:15pm: The players are conducting their final TV interviews and we’re almost ready to begin. Remember, it’s a shotgun start so all players will be teeing off at the same time, starting at a different hole.
Surely it’s Charl Schwartzel and Team Stinger’s to lose today…
2pm: Yes, the winner will pocket a cool $4million in prize money come the end of today’s proceedings… but the trophy’s not too bad either!
Hardware in the house 🏆
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv)
1:45pm: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the third and final round of LIV Golf London. The action is set to get underway shortly (2pm local time/ 9am ET) and we’ll be bringing you live updates throughout.
How to watch LIV Golf London
- Date: Thursday, June 9-Saturday, June 11
- Live stream: , DAZN, YouTube, Facebook
LIV is promoting itself through accessibility. LIV Golf London can be watched through YouTube, Facebook, or the LIV Golf website around the world.
LIV Golf says the tournament “will also be aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in 138 territories around the world.”
LIV Golf TV schedule 2022
LIV Golf will not be broadcast on cable TV in the United States, so streaming is the only option.
Viewers in the U.K. can watch coverage on DAZN and Sky.
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LIV Golf London tee times and groups
LIV Golf events will use a shotgun start, in which every player in the field tees off at about the same time from different holes and completes the course in order from there.
Play is expected to begin at 9 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local) each day.
LIV Golf London teams
Teams for LIV Golf events are drafted each week by tour-selected captains. Here’s the lineup for the London stop:
|Team||Captain||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4|
|Crushers||Peter Uihlein||Richard Bland||Phachara Khongwatmai||Travis Smyth|
|Stingers GC||Louis Oosthuizen||Hennie Du Plessis||Charl Schwartzel||Branden Grace|
|Iron Heads||Kevin Na||Sadom Kaewkanjana||Hideto Tanihara||Viraj Madappa|
|Torque GC||Talor Gooch||Hudson Swafford||Adrian Otaegui||Andy Ogletree|
|Fireballs||Sergio Garcia||David Puig||James Piot||Jediah Morgan|
|Hy Flyers||Phil Mickelson||Justin Harding||Ratchanon Chantananuwat||Chase Koepka|
|Majesticks GC||Ian Poulter||Lee Westwood||Sam Horsfield||Laurie Canter|
|Smash GC||Sihwan Kim||Scott Vincent||Jinichiro Kozuma||Itthipat Burananatanyarat|
|Cleeks GC||Martin Kaymer||Pablo Larrazabal||JC Ritchie||Ian Snyman|
|Punch GC||Wade Ormsby||Matt Jones||Ryosuke Kinoshita||Blake Windred|
|Niblicks GC||Graeme McDowell||Bernd Wiesberger||Turk Pettit||Oliver Fisher|
|Aces GC||Dustin Johnson||Shaun Norris||Oliver Bekker||Kevin Yuan|
Stingers GC led the team competition with a combined score of 14 under after Round 2.