Dustin Johnson’s 4 Aces Team Among Four Advancing to LIV Team Championship Finale
The 4 Aces have been the dominant team in the Saudi-backed startup’s first year; the winning team Sunday will split $16 million.
DORAL, Fla. — Dustin Johnson’s season of big LIV money will finish with another seven-figure check.
Johnson and his 4 Aces GC team are one of four squads that will play in the finals of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf team championship Sunday, with $16 million–$4 million for each of the four players–awaiting the winning roster in the season-ending event at Trump National Doral.
Johnson’s team beat Cleeks GC 2-1 Saturday. The winning point came when Pat Perez, Talor Gooch and Richard Bland won in extra holes.
” For us, it’s all a matter of the competition,” Johnson stated. “We want to win LIV Golf’s first championship. It’s anybody’s ballgame. Each team is clearly playing well. There’s no favorites in my eyes.”
Also headed to the final: Cameron Smith and Punch GC, which topped Sergio Garcia and Firebirds GC 2-1; the Louis Oosthuizen-captained Stinger GC, which won when Oosthuizen beat Bryson DeChambeau in 23 holes to seal a 2-1 win over Crusher GC; and the Brooks Koepka-captained Smash GC, which beat Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Majesticks GC 3-0.
“I’m just glad we made it to Sunday,” Oosthuizen said.
The first two rounds in Miami were match play; Sunday’s will be stroke play, with the scores of all 16 players–four players on each of the four teams–counting toward a total. The winning team will split $16 million, with the runner-up splitting $8 million, the third-place team splitting $6 million and the fourth-place team getting $4 million.
” I’m very happy with how everyone is playing,” Koepka stated. “Anything could happen (Sunday). … It could make for a pretty exciting finish.”
That means all 16 players who tee off Sunday will show up already assured of pocketing at least $1 million in the season’s eighth and final LIV event. Johnson stated that it was a good year. “And whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had a really good year.”
Johnson entered the week with $13,637,767 in earnings, plus $18 million more for being the season individual champion. That’s $31,637,767, and he’s now assured of winning at least another $1 million on Sunday.
Add in the $1.6 million that Johnson won between January and June on the PGA Tour, and he’s going to finish the 2022 calendar year with somewhere between $34.3 and $37.3 million. And that’s all on top of the reported $125 million he got for signing with LIV, though it’s unknown how much of that bonus he actually has received to this point.
The four teams eliminated on Saturday each received $3 million, or $750,000 per player.
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