G Mac bows out as LIV team event remarkably changes to strokeplay for final round

Ronan MacNamara
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Graeme McDowell (Photo by Patrick Smith/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell’s Ryder Cup experience counted for nothing as he and Richard Bland suffered a 1UP defeat to Pat Perez and Talor Gooch as the Cleeks were dumped out of the LIV Golf team championship. 

How the mighty have fallen. McDowell has seen great days in matchplay, holing the winning putt at the 2010 Ryder Cup, winning at Medinah and forming a sensational partnership with Victor Dubuisson at the 2014 Ryder Cup. 

However he is on course to fall out of the world’s top-500 in the OWGR and now has been humbled by Pat Perez, golf’s living meme who has contributed absolutely nothing to the Aces run to the semi-final but somehow alongside Gooch earned a point to see the Aces into the final of the team event nobody understands. 

The final day of the inaugural LIV Golf season will now feature 4 Aces GC, Stinger GC, Smash GC and Punch GC in a stroke-play shootout to decide the LIV Golf Team Championship on Sunday at Trump National Doral

McDowell and Bland were beaten on the 18th in the alternate shot format at Trump Doral while Laurie Canter, who would never have seen a Ryder Cup, can pretend he has some sort of matchplay legacy after beating Patrick Reed 2&1.

In the B-Tech Ryder Cup format Dustin Johnson, who is hungry for more than the $31 million he already earned at LIV this season, destroyed the Al Kurdi randomer 5&3 and DJ’s Aces will meet the Stingers which includes former EuroPro players Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in the decider of this team event.

There is a twist however to this team format. Apparently four teams make it to the final as Punch GC also take on Smash GC and in a remarkable turn of events the final day won’t be a team event with 18-holes of strokeplay instead determining the winner. 

The four winning teams from the semi finals which sounds ridiculous will now compete in a shotgun start strokeplay. 

All 16 players will compete in twosomes with the captains of each team playing together. 

All four scores count towards the team score. 

At the end of Sunday’s round the team with the lowest team score becomes the LIV Golf Invitational Series Champion but if you’re Irish, anyone with a right mind will be watching Seamus Power try and bring it home at the Bermuda Championship. 

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