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Charl Swartzel has won the inaugural staging of the Liv Golf Invitational Series held at the Centurion Club near London this week.

The 37 year old former Masters Champion held on to win the event by one shot over his fellow South African Hennie Du Plessis and in the process pocketed a first prize of US$4 million and another US$750,000 for his share of the teams’ prize he jointly won with Du Plessis, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

Branden Grace and Peter Uilhein tied for 3rd place in the individual, two shots from the winner.

Wade Ormsby finished as the leading Australian in the event when he tied for 23rd and wins (US$170,000), Matt Jones was 28th (US$160,000), Jed Morgan 30th (US$156,000), Travis Smyth 35th (US$146,000), Kevin Yuan 37th (US$142,000) and Blake Windred 47th (US$122,000).

Travis Smyth however finished runner-up in the Team’s Competition and earns another US$375,000 for his share of the US$1.5 million for his team of Richard Bland, Peter Uilhein and Phachara Khongwatmai and himself being runner’s up, albeit 14 shots behind the wining team.