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Serapong Set to Shine at Sentosa Showpiece

The sixth hole at The Serapong course.

Singapore: The Sentosa Golf Club’s award-winning Serapong layout will take centre stage at this week’s LIV Golf Singapore.

As Sentosa Golf Club celebrates its 50th anniversary, the LIV Golf League returns to Singapore for a second straight year as the likes of current standings leader Joaquin Niemann from Chile, Jon Rahm of Spain, and South African Dean Burmester, winner of this month’s LIV Golf Miami, join a star-studded field.

The Singapore event marks the start of the second half of the LIV Golf League season which has seen high drama and offers players a chance for a tune-up ahead of the US PGA Championship at Valhalla from May 15-19, when Smash GC captain Brooks Koepka will defend his title.

This week’s Sentosa showpiece follows LIV Golf Adelaide, which saw Brendan Steele of HyFlyers GC walk away as individual champion, and the all-Australian Ripper GC beat Stinger GC in a play-off to win the team competition at the Grange Golf Club.

Currently ranked as one of the ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’, The Serapong will welcome a 54-strong field including Major champions Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, last year’s runner-up Sergio Garcia, and Louis Oosthuizen to compete across its mystical layout with Singapore’s skyline forming the stunning backdrop to the course by the South China Sea.

Defending LIV Golf Singapore champion and Smash GC player Talor Gooch is thrilled at returning to Sentosa, a year after he crowned an inspired eight-day run which saw him first record victory at LIV Golf Adelaide, before going back-to-back by edging out Spaniard Garcia in a play-off to claim top honours on The Serapong.

Gooch, who triumphed as a RangeGoats GC player in 2023 but now plays for Smash GC, said he was looking forward to playing The Serapong again and the quality of the greens were firmly planted in his memory.

“It’s just a fantastic golf course,” said the 32-year-old American of the layout that was named the World’s Best Golf Course at the 2023 World Golf Awards.

He added: “There’s no faking it. You’ve got to play good golf, but if you play good golf, it’ll get rewarded. The greens are some of the best surfaces I’ve ever putted on in my life. They’re just unbelievable. I’d heard how spectacular the greens were prior to the event. And you know, rarely do those expectations live up to the hype. It blew me away how great the greens were.”

Gooch said the switch to the Smash GC team had helped elevate his focus on the game and being in such esteemed company was something he had targeted.

“Being in the room with those guys is the reason I made the move. I wanted to be around Brooks on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis and have him push me to become a better golfer. And the same thing with G Mac (Graeme McDowell) and Jason Kokrak. They’re great golfers.

The 2020 US Open champion and Crushers GC captain Bryson DeChambeau is equally pumped for a return visit to The Serapong, and the chance to test himself once again after a tied sixth finish at this month’s Masters at Augusta.

Of his experience in Singapore last year, DeChambeau said: “The fans were awesome. They showed up in waves. We loved it. The golf course is exciting, it’s a good test of golf. The greens were in immaculate shape so I’m looking forward to it. Pristine conditions, great fans, and a good atmosphere.”

*Sentosa Golf Club is a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

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