How much money did Dustin Johnson earn for winning the 2022 LIV Tour Championship?
Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson earned a whopping amount of money after winning the inaugural LIV championship
Dustin Johnson was crowned as the first winner of the LIV Golf Super League after finishing 16th in Bangkok, giving himself an unreachable 42-point lead ahead of his rivals.
On Monday, the Saudi-backed Series announced Johnson as the new tour’s 2022 season-long individual champion. But the prize for this title was a massive number.
How much is Johnson’s prize?
The 38-year-old, who finished in the top 10 at five of six events, including his lone win in Boston, earned himself a “season-long” bonus of $18 million for playing in six events over a third of the year. That’s the same amount Rory McIlroy earned for winning the PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup title.
Johnson spoke after the win, saying that “locking up the individual competition is big. It’s an honor to be the LIV’s first individual season champion.”
While LIV golfers still have one more regular-season event this week in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, none of them are close enough to Johnson on the individual money list. Branden Grace is currently second in the standings, followed by Patrick Reed and the former world number one Cameron Smith, who has only played in three events since joining LIV at the end of August.
What is the LIV Golf prize money?
The runner-up in the individual standings for this season-long contest gets an $8 million bonus while third-place gets $4 million.The Saudi-funded series offers a purse of $25m at its events and Johnson won $4m for his only win of the series alone.
The season-ending event, which follows Jeddah’s individual competition, will be a team championship competition in Miami, where LIV golfers will compete for a $50m prize fund.
The series bankrolled by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, has been criticized of sports washing, to draw attention away from the country’s human rights record.