DORAL, Florida — Dustin Johnson watching the final blow of his season, shaking his right fist and waiting for the party to start.
Another big holiday. Another big check.
Johnson ran down the green on a 370-yard par-4 16th to create an easy birdie that provided some breathing room. Patrick Reed hit his final hole to put his team ahead for good, and 4Aces GC won the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral on Sunday by 1 shot. Cameron Smith and Beat GC.
The win capped off a year of monstrous earnings for Johnson, by far the biggest winner in the first year of the LIV. Including his $18 million for winning the individual title throughout the season, Johnson finished with a profit of $35,637,767.
“It was amazing,” Johnson said. “Obviously the fans [are] what makes it. This week has been incredible. This whole season just got better and better and obviously this finale was incredible.”
“I feel incredible,” Perez said.
Reed felt even better as he birdied his last hole to give Johnson a one-shot lead to work with. Johnson was on par-4 on the 18th green of 2 when Reed finished, while Smith – the other player on Johnson’s pair – needed a miracle that didn’t happen. Birdie Reed put his team ahead, and after two shots from Johnson it was all over.
“I feel great,” Reed said.
Johnson ended up with 14% of the $255 million in wallets and bonuses won by all players in the first year of the LIV, not counting signing bonuses which were huge and reportedly totaled around $200 million per Phil Mickelsonand at least $100 million apiece for players like Johnson, Brooks Koepka as well as Bryson DeChambeau.
Smith (65) Matt Jones (70), Wade Ormsby (73) and Mark Leishman (74) finished 6 under, sharing $8 million. Smash GC — Koepka (74), Peter Eichlein (75) Jason Cockrack (68) and Chase Kopka (75) – ended 4 points and shared $6 million.
“If you talk about it, you can’t imagine how Cam and I fight for the tag team championship,” Johnson said.
Payouts next year, when LIV grows from eight to fourteen events, will reach $405 million. And if more players join LIV in the coming months, then there will be more signup bonuses too.
“Next year we will be playing 14 tournaments plus… big tournaments,” Mickelson said during the LIV Golf YouTube stream, taking the plunge before saying “big ones.” “And that’s a lot of golf. I have a lot of golf next year and I really want to get back to the level that I know I can play.”
The big players remain in question as much of the qualification process for them revolves around world rankings. At the moment, LIV players do not receive points in their official world golf rankings. They tried to change it.
All 16 players in Sunday’s tournament ended the LIV year with over $2 million in revenue, though most of them made much more.
Pérez has earned just over $8 million from seven LIV events, more than he has earned in the past five years on the PGA Tour combined.
Eilein, who never won the PGA Tour, ended his LIV season with just over $12.5 million across seven events. This more than doubled his career earnings in his 10 years as a pro.
“We had a lot of headwinds,” LIV CEO and Commissioner. Greg Norman he said live before the start of the final round. “We have weathered all the storms and we are here. We have a great team of people, we have a great product, and we’re ready to go.”