DORAL, Fla. — Dustin Johnson’s LIV big money season will end with another seven-figure check.
Johnson and his 4Aces GC team are one of four teams to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Team Championship final on Sunday, with $16 million – $4 million for each of the four players – pending the winning list at the end of the season. event at Trump Doral National.
Johnson’s side got there by beating Cleeks GC 2-1 on Saturday, with the winning run coming when Pat Perez and Talor Gooch held off Graeme McDowell and Richard Bland in extra holes.
“For us, it’s all about competition,” Johnson said. “We want to win LIV Golf’s first championship. It’s anyone’s game. Every team here is obviously playing well. There are no favorites in my eyes.
Also heading to the final: Cameron Smith and Punch GC, who beat Sergio Garcia and Firebirds GC 2-1; the Stinger GC, captained by Louis Oosthuizen, who won when Oosthuizen beat Bryson DeChambeau in 23 holes to seal a 2-1 victory over Crusher GC; and the Smash GC, captained by Brooks Koepka, who beat Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Majesticks GC 3-0.
“I’m just glad we made it until Sunday,” Oosthuizen said.
The first two rounds in Miami were match play; Sunday will be stroke play, with the scores of the 16 players – four players from each of the four teams – counting for a total. The winning team will split $16 million, the runner-up will split $8 million, the third-place team will split $6 million, and the fourth-place team will receive $4 million.
“I’m very happy with the way everyone is playing,” Koepka said. “Anything can happen (Sunday). … That could make for a pretty exciting finish.
This means that the 16 players who leave on Sunday will already show up guaranteed to pocket at least $1 million in the eighth and final LIV event of the season.
“We had a really good year,” Johnson said. “And whatever happens tomorrow, we had a very good year.”
Johnson entered the week with $13,637,767 in earnings, plus $18 million more for being the season’s individual champion. That’s $31,637,767, and he’s now guaranteed to earn at least another $1 million on Sunday.
Add in the $1.6 million Johnson earned between January and June on the PGA Tour, and he’ll end calendar year 2022 with between $34.3 and $37.3 million. And that’s all on top of the $125 million he received for signing with LIV, though it’s unclear how much of that bonus he’s actually received so far.
The four teams eliminated on Saturday each received $3 million, or $750,000 per player.