Dustin Johnson wasn’t satisfied banking $35.6 million and sweeping the LIV Golf triple crown | Techy Kings


DORAL, Florida – For Dustin Johnson, making more than $35 million in five months on the LIV Golf Series didn’t live up to his expectations.

“It’s pretty good,” Johnson said. “I think it should be better. My season, I played well. I didn’t play my best.”

Yet Johnson, one of the original defectors from the PGA Tour, won the LIV triple crown. He topped the money leaderboard, won the individual championship and on Sunday led the 4 Aces to the team championship at Doral’s Blue Monster.

Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez shared the $16 million in first-place prize money Sunday shooting 7 under, one shot better than Cameron Smith’s team.

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All that equates to $35.6 million for Johnson, including an $18 million bonus for winning individual titles over the course of the season. Add in a reported $125 million contract, four years to defect from the PGA Tour and the $1.6 million he made playing 12 events on the PGA Tour, and DJ is making $68.5 million this year. He made about $75 million in 15 years on the PGA Tour.

Not a bad year. Or a lifetime … or several lifetimes even if it makes Johnson feel as if he’s leaving money on green paper.

The weekend featured LIV’s inaugural season with the largest purse ($50 million) in the sport’s history and an on-stage champagne celebration with The Chainsmokers as entertainment.

This is everything that Greg Norman dreams of uniting.

“All the pushback, all the negative comments we get, I don’t care,” said Pat Perez, part of Johnson’s team.

“I get paid. I don’t care.”

4 Aces win despite having a target behind it. Smith was asked on Saturday if there was any rivalry developing in LIV Golf because of the team’s concept.

“I think everybody wants to beat the 4 Aces,” Smith said. “Personally, they are the only ones.”

And golfers ranked No. 3 in the world almost managed to do it.

Dueling with Johnson, Smith carded a 7-under 65 for the low round among the 16 golfers remaining in the field. But it wasn’t enough with his three teammates shooting a combined 1-over.

For 4 Aces it was a real team effort, Johnson, Reed and Perez were 2 under. Gooch one shot behind. The title was essentially clinched by Reed hitting a long putt on his final hole with Johnson standing on the 18th green and watching his teammate’s ball land on the video board.

Johnson pumped his fists and grabbed his caddy/brother, Austin Johnson, knowing he only had two shots to go with his team ahead by one and Smith in the rough.

Johnson’s last putt was about 3 feet. But knowing the decision would affect the other three players increased the pressure.

“If it was an individual tournament, it wouldn’t be a problem with that shot, straight from 3 feet,” Johnson said. “Knowing I had to do it for the team to win, I didn’t really like it.

“My hand isn’t exactly steady.”

But Johnson’s game has been strong since joining LIV with five top-five finishes in seven events, including one win and two runner-up finishes in individual play.

Johnson’s team was the favorite entering the weekend having won the team championship in four of the seven events. All four players rank in the top 10 on the season money list with Reed ($12.2 million), Gooch ($10.4 million) and Perez ($8 million) trailing Johnson.

The team led by Brooks Koepka was tied for the lead until the wheels fell off for the Koepka brothers on their back nine. Brooks was 4-over during a six-hole stretch with four bogeys and Chase had two double bogeys during a five-hole stretch.

Brooks Koepka finished the year seventh on the money list with more than $8.2 million in six events.

This article first appeared in the Palm Beach Post: Dustin Johnson sweeps LIV Golf triple crown but still not satisfied


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