Written by
Bryan Mullen
Aug 06 2023
HVIII Greenbrier Recap

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Harold Varner III started hot at LIV Golf Greenbrier and never cooled down, leading his team to a sixth-place finish at The Old White course. Varner III went 63-67-66 to lead the RangeGoats GC to a 36-under team total.

The team is fourth in the team standings through 10 events. There are three regular-season events remaining and the top four in the team standings receive a first-round bye at the season-ending Team Championship in Miami.

It’s been an impressive run for the team since April. The RangeGoats hasn’t finished worse than sixth in the last seven events, and that stretch includes a team victory at LIV Golf Singapore on April 30.

Captain Bubba Watson counted three steady rounds (67-68-68) at Greenbrier. Three-time LIV Golf individual champion Talor Gooch counted scores of 65 and 64 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and Thomas Pieters contributed a 4-under 66 in the final round.

Here’s a recap of RangeGoats GC’s performance at LIV Golf Greenbrier:

HAROLD VARNER III (-14, 6th place)

Confidence continues to brim for Varner III since his win at LIV Golf DC in late May. He opened with a scorching 7-under 63 on Friday at The Old White course and finished the week in sixth place. Varner III, who led the field in greens in regulation with 51, has excelled at Greenbrier during his professional career.

He was one of 27 players in the field with prior tournament experience at The Old White course and had played three events there in the last decade. It included a tie for fifth in 2018.

“I've played well here. It's the first 54-hole lead I had when I was on tour,” Varner said after his 63. “I like it here. It's close to home. My boys are here. I think they're having more fun than I am.”

Varner III sits ninth in the season-long individual standings.

TALOR GOOCH (-13, 11th place)

The hottest player on LIV Golf this season continues to impress.

Gooch has won three times and kept his lead atop the individual standings with 145 points, 15 ahead of second-place Cameron Smith. Gooch counted two rounds at Greenbrier - a 5-under 65 on Friday and a 6-under 64 on Saturday - and finished the week in 11th place.

He leads all players in overall Strokes Gained this season at +1.66, with his most impressive numbers coming in the approach categories.

BUBBA WATSON (-7, 30th place)

The team captain did his job at Greenbrier, counting three scores and providing solid outings each day. Watson had rounds of 67-68-68 to finish in 30th place at 7 under.

Watson will be looking to get the good vibes going again and can reach back to his top-10 finish at LIV Golf Tulsa in mid-May for some positives. He is 36th in the season-long individual standings with 18 points.

THOMAS PIETERS (-3, 38th place)

After a slow start at Greenbrier, Pieters bounced back to post a counting score of 4-under 66 on Sunday. It was a nice performance for Pieters, who was coming off a top-10 finish in the previous event in London.

Pieters has been playing his best golf during the second half of the season, and he is looking to keep it up as the championship nears. Pieters is 34th in the individual standings.


Field ranking in parentheses

Fairways Hit

Gooch – 31 (T13)
Varner III – 28 (T26)
Watson – 27 (T29)
Pieters – 21 (T40)

Driving Distance Avg.

Pieters – 319.7 (6)
Varner III – 318.0 (8)
Watson – 310.9 (22)
Gooch – 300.2 (T31)

Greens in Regulation

Varner III – 51 (1)
Gooch – 45 (T10)
Watson – 45 (T10)
Pieters – 38 (T38)

Total Putts

Pieters – 86 (T14)
Gooch – 88 (T22)
Varner III – 93 (T38)
Watson – 93 (T38)

Total Birdies

Varner III – 15 (T12)
Gooch – 14 (T21)
Pieters – 14 (T21)
Watson – 10 (T39)