It’s the competitors that’s began a civil struggle in skilled golf.
Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, the organizers of the LIV Golf Series have pledged $2 billion into the brand new enterprise which, not surprisingly, has turned rather a lot of golfers’ heads — although it’s run by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the person the CIA consider ordered the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
Some massive names — Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and others — have already made the transfer, costing them their place on the PGA Tour even as they have been part of this weekend’s US Open. Different high-profile gamers, together with Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, are rumored to be joining LIV soon.
New reviews declare that four-time major-championship winner Brooks Koepka (whose youthful brother, Chase, has already signed on for LIV) may additionally change. In that case, he’s certain to get simply as a lot, if no more, than any participant up to now.
And the quantities have been eye-watering. Mickelson is claimed to have landed $200 million and Johnson reportedly made a deal for $125 million with LIV. Even that decrease quantity is greater than Tiger Woods has made in his prize cash for his whole profession.
However not everybody’s tempted.
For gamers like Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy, leaping ship is an indication of little more than bare-faced greed. “I just don’t see the value in tarnishing a reputation for extra millions,” he suggested.
For the golfers which have jumped ship, although, it’s clearly not such an issue.
The one query, actually, is will they ever come up with the money for?
Internet price PRE-LIV?: $400 million
Complete PGA Tour winnings: $95 million
LIV deal: $200 million
Regardless of labeling his Saudi paymasters “scary muthaf–kers,” Mickelson nonetheless signed up with LIV within the greatest deal but seen within the breakaway competitors.
It’s some payday for the 52-year-old, particularly as he’s a shadow of the participant he as soon as was.
However it is going to definitely maintain him within the way of life to which he’s develop into accustomed.
From Bentley Continentals to Aston Martins, Mickelson has lengthy cherished the finer issues in life — he even owned a $40 million Gulfstream V jet, earlier than promoting it in 2019.
Nevertheless it’s his extra left-field purchases that give a greater perception into what he does along with his tens of millions. Not solely does Mickelson — who misplaced his endorsements with the likes of Workday, KPMG, Heineken and Callaway within the wake of his feedback about Saudi Arabia — personal a bit of a meteorite that crashed in Argentina within the Thirties however he additionally has a cranium of a Tyrannosaurus rex, calling it “the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten.”
He and spouse, Amy, and their three kids stay in a $7 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., however will quickly be shifting right into a home Mickelson is having inbuilt Jupiter Island, Fla., the place his neighbors will embrace Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Dustin Johnson
However there could also be one more reason for Mickelson’s cash seize.
In a brand new biography of the participant, Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colourful Famous person, writer Alan Shipnuck reveals that the golfer gambled away an estimated $40 million between 2010 and 2014.
“Mickelson’s love of gambling is fundamental to understanding his style of play as a golfer,” he writes. “It might also explain the Saudi seduction.”
Internet price pre LIV: $50 million
Complete PGA Tour winnings: $74.2 million
LIV deal: $125-150 million
Sports activities trade consultants Sportico rank Dustin Johnson third behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the golf’s highest-paid participant, estimating that the 37-year-old earned $40.8 million between June 2020 and Could 2021 — a determine that features round $16 million from look charges, sponsorships and endorsements with the likes of TaylorMade, RBC, Excellent Follow and BodyArmor.
And he definitely likes to flash his money.
In November 2021, Johnson and his 33-year-old wife, Paulina Gretzky, who share two younger sons, moved right into a $14 million Florida mansion in Jupiter Island’s unique Admiral’s Cove. The 10,134-square-foot residence boasts an infinity pool and personal moorings for 2 yachts: a 41 Bahama and a 76 Viking Sportfish price $4 million.
In 2018, Johnson’s agent David Winkle revealed that the participant is obsessive about designer garments.
“He has probably 30 suits that each cost three, four, five thousand dollars,” he advised Golf.com. “Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, you name it.”
The king of bling additionally has lots of of pairs of Adidas sneakers and 15 Hublot watches — some of which he undoubtedly acquired free because of an endorsement deal — however admitted in 2021 that he nonetheless had “a few more at the store I need to go pick up.”
Internet price pre LIV: $10 million
Complete PGA Tour winnings: $26 million
LIV payment: $100 million
Whereas Dustin Johnson has mentioned he moved to LIV for the sake of his household, Bryson DeChambeau admitted his was a “business decision, first and foremost” — which is as shut as anybody has come to saying they are solely doing it for the cash.
It’s not like he’s quick of a number of cents.
His huge house in Dallas, Texas, incorporates a full health club, a spacious video games room for taking part in FortNite, and a state-of-the-art golf simulator room the place he can hone his swing. The 28-year-old, who’s relationship Sophia Phalen Bertolami, can also be considering constructing a driving vary and a multi-sport complicated for baseball, basketball and tennis on the 52-acre plot.
As one of the sport’s extra distinguished, and controversial, gamers, DeChambeau has definitely cashed in on his profile, bagging offers with Bose, Rolex, Bentley and NetJets.
He additionally had a profitable take care of Rocket Mortgage however they dumped DeChambeau over the latest controversy.
“Bryson elected to join the LIV Golf Series,” mentioned an organization assertion. “Effective immediately, Rocket Mortgage has ended its sponsorship agreement with Bryson.”
Internet price pre LIV: $70 million
Complete PGA Tour winnings: $54 million
LIV deal: Undisclosed
Sergio Garcia might need 11 PGA Tour wins to his identify, however the Spaniard hasn’t had a top-20 end in a serious championship since “El Niño” gained his one and solely main on the 2017 Masters.
However as a Ryder Cup legend, he might just have kissed his chance of captaining the European team adios.
Nonetheless, he’ll be raking within the bucks in an occasion that’s nowhere close to as aggressive as the PGA Tour and but considerably extra profitable.
Garcia’s private portfolio consists of homes in Orlando, Fla; the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana; his hometown in Castellon, Spain; and a brand new 11,000-square-foot mansion he simply purchased in Austin, Texas. He’s married to spouse Angela and has two youngsters.
Together with his properties unfold far and broad, it’s fortunate that Garcia additionally owns a $22 million Hawker 4000 enterprise jet with an aisle lengthy sufficient to observe his placing when he’s within the air.
“An airplane for me is like a car for somebody else going to work,” he as soon as advised Enterprise Jet Traveller.
Internet price pre LIV: $60 million
Complete PGA Tour winnings: $27.9 million
LIV payment: $20-30 million
Ian Poulter might not have gained a serious title in his 27-year professional profession, however for European golf followers he’ll at all times be identified as ‘”Mr Ryder Cup” after some memorable performances within the occasion.
Since shifting to the US in 2005, the Englishman has amassed practically $30 million in PGA Tour winnings alone. His endorsements with the likes of Mastercard, Mutual of Omaha and Nikon have helped enhance his internet price to a reported $60 million.
His mansion — shared with spouse Katie and their 4 youngsters — within the golfers’ playground of Lake Nona, Fla., in the meantime, isn’t a lot a household residence as a automobile showroom for his collection of luxury and classic cars.
At one level, Poulter was reported to have owned 14 uncommon Ferraris, as effectively as a Mercedes AMG GTS, a Mercedes G63, a Ford G, and a Porsche 911 GT2.
A minimum of the LIV cash will come in useful for submitting up the tanks.