KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia — Brooks Koepka birdied his third playoff hole to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Jeddah on Sunday and claim his first win on the breakaway tour.
Little could separate Koepka from his close friend and fellow American Peter Uihlein all weekend, and they matched each other birdie for birdie on the first two playoff holes.
But Koepka eventually prevailed after Uihlein’s third shot from the sand went into the water, with Koepka hitting a textbook putt before making the putt to secure his first win since February 2021.
Koepka, a former top-ranked player and four-time major winner, was emotional afterwards as he revealed he had feared for his career while battling injury.
“The last two years have not been fun. It’s been a long road,” Koepka said. “I didn’t know if my career was over for half a second. So it’s nice to be able to come back and be able to win.”
Koepka, 32, had led after the opening round at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City but was overtaken by Uihlein on Saturday.
Koepka had a 1-under 69, while Uihlein made par as both finished at 12 under overall.
The result saw Koepka take second place in the season standings with an $8 million prize, and Uihlein claimed the $4 million prize for third place. Dustin Johnson has already won the LIV individual champion title and its prize of $18 million.
It was the seventh and final LIV Golf Invitational for individual and team play. The final event of the first season will be in Miami in two weeks for four-man teams.
LIV Golf is funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, but this was the first tournament held in Saudi Arabia after previous events in London; Portland, Ore.; Bedminster, New Jersey; Boston; Chicago; and Bangkok.
LIV Golf features 48-player courses with no cut over 54 holes and has $25 million in total prize money. Players who have been drawn for the big prizes have been banned from playing on the PGA and European tours.