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Luxurious homes and riches from golf’s greediest by joining LIV

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It is the competition that has started a civil war in professional golf.

Funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, organizers of the LIV Golf Series have pledged $2 billion in the new venture which has, unsurprisingly, caught the attention of many golfers, even though it is targeted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the man the CIA believes ordered the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Some big names – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and others – have already moved on, costing them their place on the PGA Tour even as they were part of this weekend’s US Open. Other high-profile players, including Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, are rumored to be joining LIV soon.

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New reports claim that four-time major championship winner Brooks Koepka (whose younger brother Chase has already signed with LIV) could also change. If so, he will surely get as much, if not more, than any other player so far.

And the numbers have been mind-boggling. Mickelson is said to have gotten $200 million, and Johnson reportedly made a $125 million deal with LIV. Even that lower number is more than Tiger Woods has earned in prize money in his entire career.

But not everyone is tempted.

For players like Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, jumping ship is a sign of little more than unabashed greed. “I just don’t see the value in tarnishing a reputation for extra millions,” he suggested.

However, for golfers who jumped ship, it’s clearly not a problem.

The only question, really, is whether they’ll ever have enough money.

Mickelson missed the cut at this week’s US Open, but he can take comfort in his Aston Martin.
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Phil Michaelson

PRE-LIV net worth?: $400 million

Total PGA Tour earnings: $95 million

LIV deal: $200 million

Despite labeling his Saudi paymasters “scary sons,” Mickelson still signed LIV in the biggest deal yet seen in the breakaway competition.

It’s a payday for the 52-year-old, especially as he is a shadow of the player he once was.

But it will certainly keep you in the lifestyle you have grown accustomed to.

From Bentley Continentals to Aston Martins, Mickelson has always loved the finer things in life: He even owned a $40 million Gulfstream V jet, before selling it in 2019.

But it’s his left field purchases that give a better idea of ​​what he does with his millions. Mickelson, who lost his patronage with companies including Workday, KPMG, Heineken and Callaway over his comments on Saudi Arabia, not only owns a fragment of a meteorite that crashed in Argentina in the 1930s, he also has a skull. of a Tyrannosaurus rex, calling it “the coolest thing I’ve ever owned.”

He and his wife, Amy, and their three children live in a $7 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California, but will soon be moving to a house Mickelson is building on Jupiter Island, Florida, where their neighbors will include Tiger Woods. Michael Jordan and Dustin Johnson

But there may be another reason for Mickelson’s theft of money.

In a new player biography, Phil: The heartbreaking (and unauthorized!) biography of golf’s most colorful superstar, Author Alan Shipnuck reveals that the golfer gambled some $40 million between 2010 and 2014.

“Mickelson’s love of the game is critical to understanding his style of play as a golfer,” he writes. “It could also explain the Saudi seduction.”

Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky live large in a $14 million mansion, with private moorings for their two yachts, on Florida's exclusive Jupiter Island.
Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky live large in a $14 million mansion, with private moorings for their two yachts, on Florida’s exclusive Jupiter Island.
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Dustin Johnson

Net worth before LIV: $50 million

Total PGA Tour earnings: $74.2 million

LIV deal: $125-150 million

Sports industry insiders Sportico rank Dustin Johnson third behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the highest-paid player in golf, estimating the 37-year-old earned $40.8 million between June 2020 and May 2021. , a figure that includes about $16 million of appearance fees. , endorsements and sponsorships with companies like TaylorMade, RBC, Perfect Practice and BodyArmor.

And he certainly likes to flaunt his money.

In November 2021, Johnson and his wife of 33 years, Paulina Gretzky, who share two young children, moved into a $14 million Florida mansion in Jupiter Island’s exclusive Admiral’s Cove. The 10,134-square-foot home features an infinity pool and private moorings for two yachts: a 41 Bahama and a 76 Viking Sportfish worth $4 million.

In 2018, Johnson’s agent, David Winkle, revealed that the player is obsessed with designer clothes.

“He probably has 30 suits that cost three, four, five thousand dollars each,” he told Golf.com. “Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, whatever.”

The king of bling also has hundreds of pairs of Adidas sneakers and 15 Hublot watches, some of which he no doubt got for free thanks to an endorsement deal, but admitted in 2021 that he still had “a few more in store.” up.”

DeChambeau's controversial home in Dallas has an equipped game room.
DeChambeau’s controversial home in Dallas has an equipped game room.
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Bryson DeChambeau

Net worth before LIV: $10 million

Total PGA Tour earnings: $26 million

LIV fee: $100 million

While Dustin Johnson has said he moved to LIV for the sake of his family, Bryson DeChambeau admitted his was a “business decision, first and foremost,” which is the closest anyone has come to saying they’re just doing it. for the money.

It’s not that he’s short a few cents.

His sprawling home in Dallas, Texas features a full gym, a large game room for playing FortNite, and a state-of-the-art golf simulator where he can perfect his swing. The 28-year-old, who is dating Sophia Phalen Bertolami, also plans to build a driving range and multi-sport complex for baseball, basketball and tennis on the 52-acre site.

As one of the most prominent and controversial players in the game, DeChambeau has certainly capitalized on his profile, landing deals with Bose, Rolex, Bentley and NetJets.

He also had a lucrative deal with Rocket Mortgage, but they dropped DeChambeau over the latest controversy.

“Bryson has elected to join the LIV Golf Series,” a company statement said. “Effective immediately, Rocket Mortgage has terminated its endorsement agreement with Bryson.”

Garcia travels in his own $22 million Hawker 4000 commercial jet, like the one above, which is long enough to practice putting.
Garcia travels in his own $22 million Hawker 4000 commercial jet, like the one above, which is long enough to practice putting.
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sergio garcia

Net worth before LIV: $70 million

Total PGA Tour earnings: $54 million

LIV deal: undisclosed

Sergio Garcia may have 11 PGA Tour wins to his name, but the Spaniard hasn’t finished in the top 20 at a major championship since “El Nino” won his only major title at the 2017 Masters.

But as a Ryder Cup legend, he might have kissed his chance to captain the European team. bye.

However, you will be making money in an event that is not as competitive as the PGA Tour and yet significantly more lucrative.

Garcia’s personal portfolio includes homes in Orlando, Florida; the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana; his hometown in Castellón, Spain; and a new 11,000-square-foot mansion she just bought in Austin, Texas. He is married to his wife Angela and has two children.

With his properties spread far and wide, it’s lucky that Garcia also owns a $22 million Hawker 4000 business jet with an aisle long enough to practice his putt when he’s in the air.

“For me, an airplane is like a car for someone who goes to work,” he once told Business Jet Traveller.

Mr. Poulter of the Ryder Cup has reportedly had an impressive collection of cars over the years, with 14 rare Ferraris, including the one above, as well as two Mercedes and a Porsche.
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Ian Chicken

Net worth before LIV: $60 million

Total PGA Tour earnings: $27.9 million

LIV fee: $20-30 million

Ian Poulter may not have won a major title in his 27-year professional career, but to European golf fans he will always be known as ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ after some memorable performances at the event.

Since moving to the United States in 2005, the Englishman has amassed nearly $30 million in PGA Tour earnings alone. His endorsements with companies like Mastercard, Mutual of Omaha, and Nikon have helped boost his net worth to $60 million.

Meanwhile, his mansion, shared with his wife Katie and their four children, on the golf course of Lake Nona, Florida, is not so much a family home as it is a car showroom for his collection of classic and luxury cars.

At one point, Poulter was reported to own 14 rare Ferraris, as well as a Mercedes AMG GTS, a Mercedes G63, a Ford G, and a Porsche 911 GT2.

At least the LIV money will serve to fill the tanks.

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