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Campbell fires on LIV; Garvey misses title

Ben Campbell LIV Golf Houston
Ben Campbell shot a five-under 67 in the final round of LIV Golf Houston. PHOTO: GOLF NZ

New Zealand golfer Ben Campbell has fired the third-equal-best round at the latest LIV Golf League tournament in the US.

Campbell got the call-up for the third and final round at the LIV Golf Houston event to replace two-time major winner Jon Rahm on the Legion XIII team, carding a five-under 67 on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).


The 32-year-old made six birdies and a bogey in his round at the Golf Club of Houston, with his round only bettered by four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (seven-under), and American Talor Gooch and Englishman Sam Horsfield (six-under).

Starting at the 15th hole, Campbell made six straight pars before three birdies and a bogey in a four-hole stretch. The Masterton-born pro, who was not classified on the leaderboard, then made three birdies in six holes from the ninth to 13th.

His round was four strokes better than his next-best teammate, European Ryder Cup player Tyrrell Hatton, as Legion XIII finished seventh of 13 teams.

Rahm withdrew during his second round on Saturday (Sunday NZT), prioritising his preparation for this week's US Open, with Campbell making his second appearance, following his debut at LIV Miami in April, with rounds of one-under and one-over.

Compatriot Danny Lee, playing for the last-placed Iron Heads GC, finished 50th at five-over after rounds of two-under, even-par and seven-over. His final round included three birdies, six bogeys and a quadruple-bogey.

Meanwhile, on the women's secondary Epson Tour, New Zealander Amelia Garvey has just missed out on her maiden professional title in the US.

Garvey bogeyed the final hole to sign for a two-under 70 on Sunday (Monday NZT), finishing runner-up by one stroke at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Michigan.

After an opening round of one-over 73 and second round of four-under 68 - making the cut for just the second time in eight tournaments in 2024 - the Cantabrian started the third and final round two shots off the lead.

In an up-and-down round, the 24-year-old made birdies at the second, eighth, 10th, 11th and 17th holes, while stacking up bogeys at the fifth, 13th and 18th.

On the DP World Tour, Kiwi Daniel Hillier finished tied for 63rd after a final round one-over 73 on Sunday (Monday NZT) at the Scandanavian Mixed tournament in Helginsborg, Sweden.

Hillier managed rounds of 70 and 71 to just make the cuts, followed by two 73s at the weekend, ending at one-under, finishing 16 shots behind the winner, Swede Linn Grant.

His final round featured four birdies and five bogeys, while his third round was ruined by a quadruple-bogey eight at the par-four fifth hole. His driving and greens in regulation accuracy were both below average.


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