With two LIV events left, Dustin Johnson already has $30M year

It took Dustin Johnson just six events to have a $30 million year and he has two events left with the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf.

Despite not making the top 10 for the first time, Johnson won the inaugural LIV Golf Individual Championship.

The two-time major champion has already earned $12,758,600 – $3 million from four team wins in the LIV Golf Invitational Series – with a singles title.

Winning the Season Points title comes with a $18 million bonus.

Johnson has 121 points going into this week’s LIV Golf Invitational-Jeddah event in Saudi Arabia. He’s 42 points clear of Branden Grace, who retired last week through injury. The winner of each event receives 40 points.

Johnson was the most significant player Greg Norman signed for the opposing league. He’s held the No. 1 spot longer than any player since Tiger Woods and had said in February he would stay with the PGA Tour until he changed his mind in June.

The $30 million is in addition to the signing fee to join LIV Golf, which is about $125 million over four years, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Johnson won the Boston event in a playoff. He placed second in the LIV events at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey and outside of Chicago.

The LIV Golf events have a total prize pool of US$25 million – US$20 million for the individual competition, with the winner receiving US$4 million.

Johnson’s most lucrative year on the PGA Tour course was 2020, when he won the FedEx Cup and its $15 million bonus and earned just over $5 million in regular prize money. He played 14 times this season, which lost almost three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, described Johnson, 38, as a “cornerstone” of the league.

“He more than lived up to his bill,” Norman said.

After the seventh event in Saudi Arabia, LIV Golf closes its season with a $50 million bonus at Trump Doral near Miami for team competitions. Each player on the winning team will receive $4 million.

Johnson earned nearly $75 million over his 15 years on the PGA Tour, excluding FedEx Cup bonuses, before resigning from membership to join LIV Golf.

LIV Golf is funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Emma Bowman

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