STERLING, Virginia — Harold Varner III won his first LIV Golf tournament on Sunday when he made two shots from about 35 feet for birdies on the 18th hole of par 5 at the Trump National at LIV Golf-DC.
Varner won by 1 throw over Brand Grace from South Africa, who moments earlier had made a 20-foot birdie putt on a hard par-4 second hole, his final shotgun start. Grace finished with a score of 66.
The pear myth36 hole leader, hit 71 and finished third.
Varner won for the first time on American soil. He never won the PGA Tour before signing with the Saudi-funded league. His previous two professional victories were the Australian PGA Championship and the Saudi International.
“I’m getting better at golf,” he said. “That has always been my goal. I think big things are coming.”
Varner, who opened the 54-hole event with a score of 64, started the final round with 1 shot behind Pereira. But the Chilean intimidated his first two holes.
Varner made a bunker shot for a birdie in 11th place and a 12-yard birdie putt in 15th, giving him a 2-shot lead. Grace birdied two of the last three holes.
Varner finished with a score of 12 under 204 and grossed $4 million.
Torque won the team competition.
Brooks Koepka he was 70 and tied for No. 12 the week after winning the PGA Championship in Oak Hill after his fifth Major.