GREENBRIER RECAP: MAJESTICKS CLAIM 8TH PLACE VIA TIEBREAKER
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – The four members of Majesticks GC produced plenty of good stuff at LIV Golf Greenbrier while producing an 8th-place finish at 34 under.
In a low-scoring tournament, they needed more than just three counting rounds of 5-under 65 – two by Laurie Canter and one by co-Captain Lee Westwood. Two of those 65s came in Sunday’s final round and it helped Canter and Westwood make a late charge up the leaderboard, with both finishing tied for 18th. It did lead to a point though, as they managed to beat Smash GC to the eighth place via tiebreaker, as Ian Poulter shot 69 to Brooks Koepka’s 72 in the non-counting scores.
The Majesticks have now pointed in four consecutive events and are in 10th place with three regular-season events left.
Here’s a recap of the Majesticks’ performance at LIV Golf Greenbrier/.
LAURIE CANTER (-10, T18 place)
A stretch of three holes – from the par-3 15th to the 17th – on Saturday, where Canter went 4, 5 and 6 for three consecutive bogeys, derailed what could have been his first top-10 finish in LIV Golf career and an important step towards securing his playing privileges next year.
Canter made five birdies in the second round also included five bogeys for an even-par 70 that was sandwiched by two sparkling 65s on Days 1 and 3.
And in a bizarre statistical coincidence, it was a second consecutive week when Canter hit 43 greens in regulation and found 31 fairways.
The finish lifted the 33-year-old Englishman to 40th in the individual points standings, making it imperative that he makes the most out of his good form in the remaining events of the season and get inside the coveted top-24 spot after Jeddah.
LEE WESTWOOD (-10, T18th place)
Greenbrier was his best finish of the year for the 50-year-old Englishman, as he posted his second top-20 result. A closing bogey-free 5-under 65 was a good sign for his many fans.
Westwood is currently in 45th in the individual standings.
HENRIK STENSON (-8, T25th place)
If one looks forward one week and concentrates on the fact that Stenson would be defending his title at Bedminster, it was a good build-up from the Swede. He could not capitalize much on his good play in Greenbrier, but two rounds of 66 over the weekend would put him in a good mood.
An early double bogey in his first round set him back, but Stenson made nine birdies and just one bogey in his last 36 holes. More importantly, the cornerstone of his game, finding greens in regulation with his solid iron play, was very much evident as he missed just eight of them through the week.
Stenson fell to 25th in the individual standing with 41 points.
IAN POULTER (-7, T29th place)
It was a frustrating week for Poulter, who was rock-solid and made just one bogey in his 54 holes, but it was his inability to get birdies that prevented a good finish. Poulter’s only bogey came on his 16th hole on Friday, and he was bogey-free all weekend. The putts refused to drop on Sunday, and he finished with a 1-under 69 with a solitary birdie.
Poulter dropped one place to 32nd in the individual standing with 22 points.