Written by
Bryan Mullen, LIV Golf Correspondent
Mar 04 2024
- 3 MIN
Perez leads 4Aces in Jeddah

Expectations were high for 4Aces Golf Club Captain Dustin Johnson entering LIV Golf Jeddah. And it was understandable. After all, the two-time major champion seemingly always plays well here, and he was coming off a stirring individual victory at LIV Golf Las Vegas where he slammed the door shut with late, clutch birdies.

And while Johnson didn’t hoist trophies in back-to-back events, he didn’t disappoint the throng of fans following him. The 2020 Masters champion came out firing on Friday with a 4-under 66, and in the toughest conditions of the week on Sunday, Johnson carded a stellar 3-under 67. If not for a blip on Saturday when he shot 2-over 72, Johnson might have found himself in the mix once again in the final round.

Teammate Patrick Reed was equally impressive early on and shot a flawless, bogey-free 5-under 65. During one stretch, the 2018 Masters champion had three birdies in a row and handled the long par 4s as well as anyone. Reed shot even par on Saturday for a counting score and finished with a 3-over 73 on Sunday to finish T-37.

Pat Perez was a bright spot for 4Aces GC and had his team’s highest finish. He had two counting scores during the first two days with rounds of 68 and 69, and in windy conditions on Sunday fired a shiny 3-under 67 to finish T-22 on a day when all scores were counted.

It was another strong showing for Perez, who has started 2024 with purpose. He was coming off a T-15 at LIV Golf Las Vegas.

Despite shooting 2-under 68 on Friday, Harold Varner III didn’t have his score counted and followed it with a counting score of 1-under 69 on Saturday. Varner III capped his week with a 1-over 71 on Sunday to finish T-37.