CHICAGO PREVIEW: VINCENT LOOKS TO TURN AROUND IRON HEADS FORTUNES
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – For Scott Vincent, Chicago was the highlight of his 2022 LIV season. Then playing as part of Torque GC, the Zimbabwean star will bank on the good vibes of Rich Harvest Farms as he embarks on an important week for his new team Iron Heads GC, as well as personally.
With just Chicago and Jeddah tournaments left in the regular season before Miami’s Team Championship, the consistent Vincent will play an important role for Iron Heads as they look to claim their second podium finish of the year.
At number 31 on the individual standing, the 31-year-old from Harare needs to script a good finish to get inside the top-24 that would earn him a card for the 2024 LIV season.
A lot has changed for Captain Kevin Na’s Iron Heads since Chicago last year. The team lost their two Thai players – Phachara Khongwatmai and Sadom Kaewkanjana – who finished outside the top-24 in the individual standings. Sihwan Kim managed to keep his place with a strong finish to his 2022 season. A top-5 finish in Bangkok, followed by a top-15 result in Jeddah helped him finish on 24th place.
Vincent, by virtue of winning the International Series Order of Merit, was back in the LIV Golf roster and joined Captain Na’s team in 2023, alongside New Zealand’s Danny Lee.
The Zimbabwean had posted his career-best LIV Golf result earlier this year in Singapore when he battled hard for a solo fourth place. Vincent will need at least an eighth-place finish in Chicago to have a mathematical chance of catching the 24th player in the Points List (Pat Perez, 47 points).
Following Bedminster, Iron Heads are in 11th place with 19 points. Lee remains the best-placed player from the team at number 26 with 41 points, the same as Captain Na, who is two positions below his teammate at number 28. Vincent is 31st with 35 points and Kim is in 50th place and still searching for his first point this season.
In the 2022 edition of LIV Golf Chicago, Khongwatmai was Iron Heads’ best player, finishing tied 31st with three identical rounds of even-par 72. Na was 34th at 1-over par (74, 73, 70), while Kim was tied 44th at 6-over (72, 76, 74).