Zimbabwean rising golf star Kieran Vincent’s Legion XIII team made a winning start in the opening event of the 2024 LIV Golf season after claiming the team title at the LIV Golf Mayakoba in Mexico onSunday.
Despite being formed less than 48 hours before the new campaign got underway in Mayakoba in Mexico, Vincent joined forces with captain Jon Rahm and other Legion XIII team-mates Tyrrell Hatton and Caleb Surratt to claim a four-shot win in the season-opener.
Chile’s Joaquin Niemann beat Sergio Garcia at the fourth extra hole in a play-off to land his first individual triumph on the circuit.
On a day when all four scores counted, Hatton led the way with a best-of-the-day seven-under-par 64, Surratt birdied his last five holes for a 67, Vincent added a 69 and Rahm had to settle for a 70 after a disappointing finish.
Reflecting on his solid 2-under 69 Vincent, whose brother Scott plays for the Iron Heads team said: “I’m not really a leaderboard follower or looker, so I try to avoid it as best as I can, but my peripheral got the better of me today, so I kept peeking at it every now and again like oh, I shouldn’t be doing that.”
On the individual leaderboard, Kieran settled for a tie for 38th on three-over par following rounds of 72, 71 and 69.
While he didnt come close to challenging for individual honours this week, Vincent will be bouyed by his team’s victory in the team competition.
The Zimbabwean golfer showed promise at Mayakoba, ranking top-20 in driving accuracy in Greens In Regulation (GIR).
Although Rahm missed out on the individual title on his LIV debut after a bogey on the final hole ended hia playoff hopes, he was still delighted to celebrate winning the team title.
“It’s very nice on a day in which in any normal tournament I probably would have been upset at my finish to actually have something to celebrate,” said Rahm, who joined LIV Golf in December for a whopping $476 million.
“That is one of the big reasons why I decided to transition.”