Dustin Johnson started the week by amazingly admitting he didn’t think his $31 million season winnings justified his performances since joining LIV but he added another four million onto his season earnings as he led 4Aces GC to the Saudi backed LIV Golf team championship.
Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez shot final rounds of 70, 70, 71 and 70 for a combined total of seven-under to split the $16 million team prize cheque after winning by a shot over Cameron Smith’s Punch GC.
The victory caps a mammoth money earning year for DJ who also won the $18 million prize for winning the season-long individual title.
This amount does not include his signing bonus of reportedly c. $100 million for joining LIV earlier this year.
“It’s pretty good. I feel like it should have been a lot better, but I’m pretty happy with what ended up happening, obviously winning the team championship. That’s what we came here for.
“Personally, my season, yeah, you add up the numbers and it was great, but I played good — I didn’t play my best, so it always could be better, but that’s golf.
“But I’m just happy that the 4 Aces just won this tournament. That’s all that matters.”
Johnson and Reed produced late birdies to see off Punch GC with Johnson driving the short par-4 16th before Reed birdied his last hole to see seal the deal.
A two-putt par from Johnson capped off the week as the 4Aces cracked open the champagne to bring the curtain down on the inaugural LIV season.
Pat Perez has generated a lot of social media attention in his eight LIV events having earned $8m – excluding any up front money he received.
The American journeyman averaged finishes of 32nd in the 48-player fields as he amassed prize money which was over one third of his entire PGA Tour career earnings.
“Cam played obviously amazing, but we played great as a team. Yeah, all the push-back, all the negative comments, everything we’ve gotten, at this point I really don’t care. I mean, I don’t care. I’m paid. I don’t give a damn,” said Perez.
“My team played unbelievable this year. I feel like I’m really part of something that I’ve never been part of, other than me and my caddie, we’ve just been just us our whole life. To have these guys and their caddies and families and coaches and everybody, it’s just one big family now. I just couldn’t be any happier. It’s unbelievable.”
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