Jon Rahm to leave PGA Tour for $550 million: How much do other LIV golfers make?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Rahmbo has officially decided to jump ship and sign with LIV golf. Let’s take a look at what the others made for leaving the PGA
It’s a sad day for golf and specifically for the PGA Tour, who are losing one of their top players to the Saudi-backed golf tour. Despite saying on different occasions that he didn’t play for money and that he wanted to compete against the best, the Spanish golfer has finally given in to the money. The reported $550 million will put him at the top of the highest paid athletes in the world, not only the largest contract for a professional golfer. Let’s take a look at what the other LIV golfers make and how some of the PGA players do for themselves.
LIV Golf’s biggest contracts and earners
Although it’s not public information, a lot of golf reporters have investigated how much the Saudi-backed league paid players to leave the PGA Tour. We can look at those initial signing payments, which seemed like a lot at the time, but are a fraction of what Rahm got. We’ll also see how much players and teams get for winning tournaments and how that compares to their PGA counterparts
Those are the top players and payments, not bad, eh? But, not $500 million either.
LIV Golf’s biggest on-course earners in 2023
Not only did they all get big payouts to leave the PGA, they also get a nice chunk of change for winning tournaments. Here’s a look at the top-10 2023 LIV individual earners:
PGA Tour top-10 money earners in 2023
We will have to see how things develop between now and the end of the year as far as the PGA - LIV merger or agreement unfolds. As of now both tours will compete separately. LIV has far fewer tournaments, but has very large payouts, plus money for team wins that we will cover in another article in 2024. The PGA is trying to find money from sponsors and other sources to get close to the $4 million payouts that the Saudi-backed league gives its tournament winners.