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Friday, July 12, 2024

LIV Offering Richest Purse in Golf History

  • The LIV Golf team championship will take place at Trump National Doral Golf Club from Oct. 27-30.
  • It will have 12 four-man teams compete for a $16 million first-place prize.
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LIV Golf will make history in October when its players compete for a $50 million purse — the richest in golf history — during the controversial upstart series’ season-ending team championship. 

Backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, LIV Golf has shelled out millions of dollars to compete with the PGA Tour and persuaded many top golfers to defect from the organization.  

  • The championship will take place at Trump National Doral Golf Club from Oct. 27-30.
  • It will have 12 four-man teams compete for a $16 million first-place prize.
  • Second place will split $10 million, third will win $8 million, and fourth gets $4 million

LIV Golf’s record purse tops the PGA Tour — which has 47 tournaments on its 2021-22 schedule — by a large sum, even though the U.S. golf tour organizer has prize money totaling $481 million.  

The Tour Championship — the crowning event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup — has $75 million up for grabs, but the prize money is considered a “bonus pool” for its season-long implications. 

The PGA Tour’s Players Championship — won by current LIV Golf player Cameron Smith in March — has the largest purse at $20 million, with $3.6 million being awarded to the winner. 

New Opportunity

On Monday, Arizona State golfer David Puig announced that he intends to forgo his senior season to join LIV Golf. The 20-year-old — ranked as the No. 9 amateur in the world by the World Amateur Golf Rankings — previously played in LIV’s London and Bedminster tournaments as an amateur.

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