Johnson captures $18m LIV bonus with one event to spare

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Former world number one Dustin Johnson has just become $18 million richer after he was confirmed as the first ever LIV Golf Individual Champion ahead of the season finale in Jeddah.

With a record of one individual win and four other top-10 finishes from six events, Johnson holds an unassailable 42-point advantage over South African Branden Grace in the points race, with the winner of each event earning 40 points, not enough to catch the former Masters champ.

“Locking up the individual competition is big,” said Johnson, happy with his four months’ work that saw him bank $9.78 million in individual play, another $3 million as part of the 4Aces team, as well as the $18m bonus.

“It’s an honour to be LIV’s first individual season champion. I’d like to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their confidence in me, my brother and caddie Austin, my wife Paulina, my 4 Aces team-mates Pat [Perez], Patrick [Reed], and Talor [Gooch], as well as LIV’s growing legion of fans around the world.

“Our team is in a really good position with two events to go and I’m looking forward to further contributing to LIV Golf’s exciting story and continued growth.”

“The first chapter of LIV Golf’s history could not be written without Dustin Johnson’s name. By any measure, DJ is among the elite players in the world,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman.

“From the start, he’s been a LIV Golf cornerstone. He has more than lived up to his billing and he deserves immense credit for clinching LIV’s first individual season title. We look forward to a celebration befitting such a champion in Miami at the end of October.”

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