Since its debut, money has been a hot topic around LIV Golf. This newly formed Saudi-backed international golf tour has been splurging on prize pools without any limit. The Jeddah Invitational, the latest addition to this season’s tour, has raised the already massive cap to a new level.
Financed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, LIV Golf made its inaugural tour run in 2022. On June 9, 2022, the first LIV Golf Invitational series event was held in England. Since then, the tour already executed 7 individual invitational tournaments. Astonishingly, each of these events boasted a prize pool of $25 million. In addition, the upcoming LIV Golf Invitational Miami team championship will enlist a massive prize pool of $50 million.
The tour spent a total of $260 million within just the 2022 season. According to recent reports, the administration plans to increase the total prize pool to $405 million in 2023. This represents a substantial increase of more than 60% over the current prize money. With such large prize money, the event has already drawn a number of PGA and European Tour stars to this new form of golf.
The recent conclusion of the Jeddah invitational marks the end of the individual invitational calendar of LIV Golf’s inaugural season. Like the other 6, this event also boasted a prize pool of $25 million. With its conclusion, players have completed their season placement in the individual leaderboard and money list.
Dustin Johnson won the first position on the individual leaderboard in LIV Golf’s debut season. With a win at Boston and five top-10 finishes, the two-time major winner earned over $13 million from the tour. As such, he was awarded an additional $18 million as the champion. In contrast, the second-place finisher, Branden Grace, received $8 million as a bonus for his achievement, while the third-place finisher received $4 million.
Below is a list of the Top-10 players in the money list of LIV Golf’s individual leaderboard in 2022 –