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Luxury homes and riches of the greediest golfers as they join LIV

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It was competition that sparked a civil war in professional golf.

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

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Some big names – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and others – have already made the move, costing them their place on the PGA Tour even though they were part of this weekend’s US Open. Other top players, including Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, would soon join LIV.

New reports claim that four-time Major Championship winner Brooks Koepka (whose younger brother, Chase, has already signed for LIV) could also change. If so, he’s sure to get as much, if not more, than any player so far.

And the amounts have been mind-boggling. Mickelson reportedly landed $200 million and Johnson reportedly struck a $125 million deal with LIV. Even that lower number is more than Tiger Woods has earned in his career prize money.

But not everyone is tempted.

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

For golfers who have jumped ship, however, that’s clearly not a problem.

The only question, really, will they ever have enough money?

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

PRE-LIV net worth? : 400 million dollars

Total PGA Tour winnings: $95 million

LIV agreement: $200 million

Despite calling his Saudi payers “scary muthaf-kers,” Mickelson still signed LIV in the biggest deal ever in breakaway competition.

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

But it will certainly keep him in the lifestyle he has grown accustomed to.

From Bentley Continentals to Aston Martins, Mickelson has long enjoyed the finer things in life — he even owned a $40 million Gulfstream V jet, before selling it in 2019.

But it’s his more left-leaning buys that give the best insight into what he’s doing with his millions. Not only does Mickelson – who lost endorsements at Workday, KPMG, Heineken and Callaway over his Saudi Arabia comments – own a piece of a meteorite that crashed in Argentina in the 1930s, but he also has a skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex, calling it “the coolest thing I’ve ever had.”

He and his wife, Amy, and their three children live in a $7 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., but will soon move into a home Mickelson is having built in Jupiter Island, Fla., where neighbors will include Tiger. Woods, Michael Jordan and Dustin Johnson

But there may be another reason for Mickelson’s cash grab.

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

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

Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky live 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 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 winnings: $74.2 million

LIV agreement: 125 to 150 million dollars

Sports industry experts 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 around $16 million in appearance fees, sponsorships and endorsements with the likes of TaylorMade, RBC, Perfect Practice and BodyArmor.

And he certainly likes to show off his money.

In November 2021, Johnson and his 33-year-old wife, Paulina Gretzky, who share two young sons, 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 $4 million 76 Viking Sportfish.

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

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

The king of bling also has hundreds of pairs of Adidas sneakers and 15 Hublot watches – some of which he no doubt obtained for free through an endorsement deal – but admitted in 2021 that he still had “one more.” little more at the store, I have to go get it upstairs.”

DeChambeau's controversial Dallas home features a tricked-out game room.
DeChambeau’s controversial Dallas home features a tricked-out game room.
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Bryson De Chambeau

Net worth before LIV: $10 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $26 million

LIV fee: $100 million

While Dustin Johnson said he moved to LIV for the sake of his family, Bryson DeChambeau admitted it was a ‘business decision, first and foremost’ – which is as close as anyone gets. come to say he only does it for the money.

It’s not like a few pennies are missing.

His huge home in Dallas, Texas includes a full gym, a spacious game room to play FortNite, and a state-of-the-art golf simulation room 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-sports complex for baseball, basketball and tennis on the 52-acre lot.

As one of the biggest and most controversial players in the game, DeChambeau has certainly profited from his profile, securing deals with Bose, Rolex, Bentley and NetJets.

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

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

Garcia travels on his own $22 million Hawker 4000 executive jet, like the one above, which is long enough for putting practice.
Garcia travels on his own $22 million Hawker 4000 executive jet, like the one above, which is long enough for putting practice.
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Sergio Garcia

Net worth before LIV: $70 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $54 million

LIV Agreement: Undisclosed

Sergio Garcia may have 11 PGA Tour victories to his name, but the Spaniard hasn’t finished in the top 20 at a major since ‘El Niño’ won his one and only major at the Masters. 2017.

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

Nonetheless, he will make money in an event that is nowhere near as competitive as the PGA Tour and yet far more lucrative.

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

With his properties scattered 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 while in the air.

“A plane to me is like a car to someone else going to work,” he once told Business Jet Traveller.

“Mr Ryder Cup” Poulter is said to have owned 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 Poulter

Net worth before LIV: $60 million

Total PGA Tour winnings: $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 the ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ after some memorable performances in the ‘event.

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

His mansion – shared with his wife Katie and their four children – in the golfing playground of Lake Nona, Florida, is not so much a family home as a car showroom for his collection of classic cars. luxury and classics.

At one point Poulter reportedly owned 14 rare Ferraris, as well as a Mercedes AMG GTS, Mercedes G63, Ford G and Porsche 911 GT2.

At least the money from the LIV will be useful to fill the tanks.

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