It’s the competitors that’s began a civil battle in skilled golf.

Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the organizers of the LIV Golf Series have pledged $2 billion into the brand new enterprise which, not surprisingly, has turned rather a lot of golfers’ heads — although it’s run by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the person the CIA imagine ordered the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Some large names — Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and others — have already made the transfer, costing them their place on the PGA Tour even as they have been part of this weekend’s US Open. Other high-profile gamers, together with Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, are rumored to be joining LIV soon.

New reviews declare that four-time major-championship winner Brooks Koepka (whose youthful brother, Chase, has already signed on for LIV) may additionally swap. If so, he’s certain to get simply as a lot, if no more, than any participant to date.

And the quantities have been eye-watering. Mickelson is claimed to have landed $200 million and Johnson reportedly made a deal for $125 million with LIV. Even that decrease quantity is greater than Tiger Woods has made in his prize cash for his complete profession.

But not everybody’s tempted.

For gamers like Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, leaping ship is an indication of little more than bare-faced greed. “I simply don’t see the worth in tarnishing a status for further tens of millions,” he suggested.

For the golfers which have jumped ship, although, it’s clearly not such an issue. 

The solely query, actually, is will they ever find the money for?

Mickelson missed the cut at this week’s US Open, but can console himself with his Aston Martin.
Mickelson missed the lower at this week’s US Open, however can console himself along with his Aston Martin.
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Phil Mickelson

Net value PRE-LIV?: $400 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $95 million 

LIV deal: $200 million

Despite labeling his Saudi paymasters “scary muthaf–kers,” Mickelson nonetheless signed up with LIV within the largest deal but seen within the breakaway competitors. 

It’s some payday for the 52-year-old, particularly as he’s a shadow of the participant he as soon as was. 

But it can definitely hold him within the life-style to which he’s grow to be accustomed.

From Bentley Continentals to Aston Martins, Mickelson has lengthy cherished the finer issues in life — he even owned a $40 million Gulfstream V jet, earlier than promoting it in 2019. 

But it’s his extra left-field purchases that give a greater perception into what he does along with his tens of millions. Not solely does Mickelson —  who misplaced his endorsements with the likes of Workday, KPMG, Heineken and Callaway within the wake of his feedback about Saudi Arabia — personal a bit of a meteorite that crashed in Argentina within the Thirties however he additionally has a cranium of a Tyrannosaurus rex, calling it “the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten.”

He and spouse, Amy, and their three kids dwell in a $7 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., however will quickly be shifting right into a home Mickelson is having in-built Jupiter Island, Fla., the place his neighbors will embrace Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Dustin Johnson

But there could also be one more reason for Mickelson’s cash seize.

In a brand new biography of the participant, Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar, creator Alan Shipnuck reveals that the golfer gambled away an estimated $40 million between 2010 and 2014.

“Mickelson’s love of playing is key to understanding his model of play as a golfer,” he writes. “It may additionally clarify the Saudi seduction.”

Johnson and wife Paulina Gretzky live it up in a $14 million mansion — with private moorings for their two yachts — on Florida’s exclusive Jupiter Island.
Johnson and spouse Paulina Gretzky dwell it up in a $14 million mansion — with non-public moorings for his or her two yachts — on Florida’s unique Jupiter Island.
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Dustin Johnson

Net value pre LIV: $50 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $74.2 million

LIV deal: $125-150 million

Sports trade consultants Sportico rank Dustin Johnson third behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the golf’s highest-paid participant, estimating that the 37-year-old earned $40.8 million between June 2020 and May 2021 — a determine that features round $16 million from look charges, sponsorships and endorsements with the likes of TaylorMade, RBC, Perfect Practice and BodyArmor.

And he definitely likes to flash his money.

In November 2021, Johnson and his 33-year-old wife, Paulina Gretzky, who share two younger sons, moved right into a $14 million Florida mansion in Jupiter Island’s unique Admiral’s Cove. The 10,134-square-foot house boasts an infinity pool and personal moorings for 2 yachts: a 41 Bahama and a 76 Viking Sportfish value $4 million.

In 2018, Johnson’s agent David Winkle revealed that the participant is obsessive about designer garments. 

“He has in all probability 30 fits that every price three, 4, 5 thousand {dollars},” he informed “Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, you title it.”

The king of bling additionally has a whole bunch of pairs of Adidas sneakers and 15 Hublot watches — some of which he undoubtedly bought free because of an endorsement deal — however admitted in 2021 that he nonetheless had “a couple of extra on the retailer I have to go decide up.”

Controversial DeChambeau’s Dallas home boasts a tricked-out game room.
Controversial DeChambeau’s Dallas house boasts a tricked-out sport room.
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Bryson DeChambeau

Net value pre LIV: $10 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $26 million 

LIV charge: $100 million

While Dustin Johnson has mentioned he moved to LIV for the sake of his household, Bryson DeChambeau admitted his was a “business decision, first and foremost” — which is as shut as anybody has come to saying they are solely doing it for the cash. 

It’s not like he’s brief of a couple of cents.

His huge house in Dallas, Texas, encompasses a full gymnasium, a spacious video games room for enjoying FortNite, and a state-of-the-art golf simulator room the place he can hone his swing. The 28-year-old, who’s courting Sophia Phalen Bertolami, can be considering constructing a driving vary and a multi-sport complicated for baseball, basketball and tennis on the 52-acre plot. 

As one of the sport’s extra distinguished, and controversial, gamers, DeChambeau has definitely cashed in on his profile, bagging offers with Bose, Rolex, Bentley and NetJets.

He additionally had a profitable cope with Rocket Mortgage however they dumped DeChambeau over the latest controversy.

“Bryson elected to join the LIV Golf Series,” mentioned an organization assertion. “Effective instantly, Rocket Mortgage has ended its sponsorship settlement with Bryson.”

Garcia travels on his own $22 million Hawker 4000 business jet, like the one above, which is long enough to practice putting.
Garcia travels on his personal $22 million Hawker 4000 enterprise jet, just like the one above, which is lengthy sufficient to apply placing.

Sergio Garcia

Net value pre LIV: $70 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $54 million 

LIV deal: Undisclosed

Sergio Garcia may need 11 PGA Tour wins to his title, however the Spaniard hasn’t had a top-20 end in a significant championship since “El Niño” received his one and solely main on the 2017 Masters.

But as a Ryder Cup legend, he might just have kissed his chance of captaining the European team adios.

Nonetheless, he’ll be raking within the bucks in an occasion that’s nowhere close to as aggressive as the PGA Tour and but considerably extra profitable.

Garcia’s private portfolio contains homes in Orlando, Fla; the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana; his hometown in Castellon, Spain; and a brand new 11,000-square-foot mansion he simply purchased in Austin, Texas. He’s married to spouse Angela and has two youngsters.

With his properties unfold far and extensive, it’s fortunate that Garcia additionally owns a $22 million Hawker 4000 enterprise jet with an aisle lengthy sufficient to apply his placing when he’s within the air.

“An airplane for me is sort of a automobile for any individual else going to work,” he as soon as informed Business Jet Traveller.

“Mr. Ryder Cup” Poulter reportedly has owned an impressive car collection over the years, with 14 rare Ferraris, including the one above, as well as two Mercedes and a Porsche.
“Mr. Ryder Cup” Poulter reportedly has owned a powerful automobile assortment through the years, with 14 uncommon Ferraris, together with the one above, as properly as two Mercedes and a Porsche.
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Ian Poulter

Net value pre LIV: $60 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $27.9 million 

LIV charge: $20-30 million

Ian Poulter might not have received a significant title in his 27-year professional profession, however for European golf followers he’ll all the time be recognized as ‘”Mr Ryder Cup” after some memorable performances within the occasion. 

Since shifting to the United States in 2005, the Englishman has amassed practically $30 million in PGA Tour winnings alone. His endorsements with the likes of Mastercard, Mutual of Omaha and Nikon have helped increase his internet value to a reported $60 million.

His mansion — shared with spouse Katie and their 4 youngsters — within the golfers’ playground of Lake Nona, Fla., in the meantime, isn’t a lot a household house as a automobile showroom for his collection of luxury and classic cars.

At one level, Poulter was reported to have owned 14 uncommon Ferraris, as properly as a Mercedes AMG GTS, a Mercedes G63, a Ford G, and a Porsche 911 GT2.

At least the LIV cash will come in useful for submitting up the tanks.

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