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LIV Golf 2022: Dustin Johnson Defeats Niemann, Lahiri in Playoff in Boston

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Dustin Johnson walked it off in a playoff against Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri to win LIV Golf’s Boston Invitational on Sunday.

With the light fading at The Oaks COURSE at The International, it appeared as if the three would need to wait until Monday to find out successful. Johnson had other plans, however.

The two-time major champion went for this all on an extended eagle putt. He struck the ball with so much power it hit the trunk of the cup and bounced up in to the air before locating the bottom.

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DJ EAGLE FOR THE WIN!!! #LIVGolf #LIVGolfBoston @DJohnsonPGA

This is the initial playoff in LIV Golf history. Beneath the tour’s tiebreaker procedure, the trio of Lahiri, Johnson and Niemann played the 18th hole until only 1 man was left standing following the finished tied at 15 under through 54 holes.

Trailing by one shot, Lahiri was poised to climb to the very best of the leaderboard as he stood over an eagle putt. The ball lipped out, though, forcing him to stay for par.

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Cruel lip out for @anirbangolf

Eagle would’ve given him the outright lead, he’s now tied for the lead#LIVGolf #LIVGolfBoston

The margins were similarly small for Niemann. He nearly holed right out of the fairway, watching his chip roll inches wide of the flagstick.

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Joaco inches from the outright lead

He joins 3 others on -15#LIVGolf #LIVGolfBoston

Lee Westwood watched his final-round 62 leave him just lacking the playoff. A bogey on his final hole, No. 3, was the difference between at the very least a runner-up finish and earning a share of fourth place.

In his maiden voyage with LIV Golf, Cameron Smith was tied for the lead with two holes to play. A wayward drive on his No. 1 resulted in an expensive bogey, though.

Still, it had been a solid showing from The Open Championship winner.

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“Aussie Aussie Aussie!”

Nifty shot from Cam #LIVGolf #LIVGolfBoston

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Cam Smith is really a magician

He’s 1 of 4 players 1 off the lead with 7 to play #LIVGolf #LIVGolfBoston

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Cam Smith stands to earn much more money today for winning a LIV event ($4M) than he took home at all majors combined this season ($3.6M), where he finished 1, MC, T13 and T3.

The LIV series shifts to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, because of its next event. The tournament will tee off Sept. 16 and marks the shift to the next 1 / 2 of the 2022 season.

Along with his individual win, Johnson helped propel 4 Aces GC to a third straight team win. At this time, the team championship in Miami on Oct. 30 is 4 Aces GC’s to reduce.

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