Golf roundup: Dustin Johnson makes eagle putt in playoff for first LIV victory

AP photo by Marcy Schwalm / Dustin Johnson celebrates after making an eagle putt to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in Bolton, Mass.

BOLTON, Mass. — Dustin Johnson gave golf's newest professional circuit its first big moment Sunday, when he made a 35-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston for his first victory in 19 months.

The former PGA Tour star's playoff putt on the par-5 18th was going so fast it might have rolled some six feet past the hole. Instead it ricocheted off the back of the cup before dropping down inside it to beat India's Anirban Lahiri and Chile's Joaquin Niemann.

The 38-year-old American and two-time major champion raised his arm and dropped it for a slow-motion uppercut, slapping hands with Austin Johnson, his brother and caddie. The win was worth $4 million, and he now has made $9,962,500 in four events with LIV Golf, which is backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.

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