Dustin Johnson Seals $35M Year With LIV Golf Team Win At Trump Course



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Dustin Johnson pushed LIV Golf’s season earnings past $35 million with victory in the series’ final event of the year in Miami on Sunday.

After claiming an $18 million winner’s bonus for reaching the singles championship in Jeddah earlier this month, the American captained the 4Aces to the team title at Trump National Doral to secure their group four-man team prize of $16 million.

Playing alongside Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez, the team shot a collective 7-under 281 to claim a one-shot victory over Open champion Cameron Smith’s Team Punch, who finished runner-up in the 12-team competition that featured a $50 million prize pool.

Johnson’s $4 million cut of the team’s contest earnings brings his earnings from the opening series to $35,637,767, according to The Associated Press.

Johnson, Gooch, Reed and Perez celebrate their team win.

It marks a huge increase in earnings for Johnson who, in just eight LIV Golf events, has matched nearly half of his career PGA Tour earnings total. Over 16 seasons and 307 events on the sport’s flagship tour, the two-time major winner amassed nearly $75 million in prize money.

The 38-year-old’s previous most profitable season had come in 2015-16, where three victories, including the US Open, in 22 PGA Tour events secured him $9.37 million in earnings. The American played 12 events on Tour last season, with a sixth-place finish at The Open, the best of his four major outings.

“It’s pretty good,” Johnson told reporters when asked to sum up his year.

“I think it should have been a lot better, but I’m really happy with how it ended up happening, winning the tag team championship.

“You add up the numbers and it was great, I played well [but] … I didn’t play my best, I could always be better, but that’s golf.”

Johnson sprays champagne on Team Punch runner-up Captain Smith.

Johnson’s compatriot Peter Uihlein, who has never won on the PGA Tour, collected just over $12.5 million during the series to double his decade-long career earnings, while his teammate d ‘team Perez took his series earnings to more than $8 million with the win in Miami, nearly double the roughly $4.3 million the 46-year-old earned in his most profitable PGA season Tour in 2017.

“All the backlash, all the negative feedback, everything we’ve gotten, at this point, I don’t really care. I’m paid, I care a lot,” Perez said.

“My team played amazing this year … Having these guys and their caddies and families and coaches and everybody, it’s just a big family now.

“I couldn’t be happier. It’s amazing.”

The LIV Golf Series will expand to 14 events next season, paving the way for even bigger payouts, with six-time major winner Phil Mickelson insisting the tour is “not going away”.

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