The bonkers 9-figure bag of Saudi money secured by Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau in LIV Golf move
Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson headlined the list of PGA Tour players who were preparing to bolt for a switch to the Saudi Super League. Another huge name was added to the pool on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Bryson DeChambeau had taken the Saudi money and secured the bag, accepting a reported offer of more than $100 million to join LIV Golf.
The trio of star golfers all accepted nine-figure fees to join LIV Golf ahead of its debut event in London. The staggering total figure the upstart golf league has forked over to secure the three former PGA studs, according to David Rapoport, sits somewhere between $400-500 million.
No surprise here, but source says Bryson DeChambeau is getting over $100,000,000 guaranteed to join LIV Golf.
The Saudi-backed league have paid somewhere between $400 and $500 million for Bryson, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.
— Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) June 8, 2022
LIV Golf clearly has no issue splashing the cash in order to secure some of the biggest names in golf, having already doled out half a billion to the three stars. With the league hoping to rival the PGA, adding superstar talent to the roster was a must, but these reported figures are simply mind-boggling.
Johnson alone is reported to have been paid a $125 million signing bonus by Greg Norman and Co., which means that Mickelson and DeChambeau, should Rapoport’s report be accurate, are set to make at least $275 million combined.
The reported $400-$500 million is just the sum they’ll make from their signing bonuses. All three stand to make even more from payouts from LIV Golf events, of which there are currently eight on the schedule. The first event is set to take place from June 9-11, at the Centurion Club in London, UK, with a reported $20 million individual purse for the winner, as well as $5 million allotted for the team competition. Clearly, there’s a ton of money being splashed around in this league, considering its top three earners are set to pocket almost $500 million.