How Much Are LIV Players Being Paid?

Just how much are players reportedly being paid to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series?

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The LIV Golf Invitational Series (opens in new tab) has been a major talking point in golf for quite some time, with arguably one of the biggest emphasis being on the amount of cash being thrown about within the tournaments.

In prize money alone, players are vying for $225 million over eight events, as seven tournaments see a $25 million purse, with a $50 million finale taking place at Miami - Trump National Doral. What's more, that doesn't even include appearance fees or money used to lure players away from the PGA and DP World Tour's to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.

Below, we take a look at the reported figures that have been given to players to play.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson talks to his caddie whilst at the LIV Golf Invitational Series

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According to multiple reports, Mickelson has been offered a whopping $200 million to play in the LIV Series, with Lefty confirming that he is "going to play the eight (events) this year and ten next year."

The reported contract is actually double what Mickelson secured in his 30-year PGA Tour career, with the 51-year-old earning around $95 million throughout that period.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson pictured at a press conference

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One of the headliners at the LIV Golf Invitational London is Johnson, with the 37-year-old offered a reported $125 million. This could however reach up to around $150 million, with the American teeing it up alongside Mickelson at the first event in Hertfordshire.

Throughout his life on the PGA Tour, DJ claimed nearly $75 million in career earnings, with 24 PGA Tour titles, including two Majors and six World Golf Championships under his belt. 

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter speaks at a press conference ahead of the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event

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Back in February, The Telegraph (opens in new tab) reported that Poulter had been offered between $20-$30 million to join the LIV Series.

As well as Poulter, fellow countryman, Lee Westwood, had stated at the 2021 PGA Championship that "If somebody stood here and offered me £50 million to play golf when I'm 48, it's a no-brainer." Appearing at The Centurion Club, it is unclear how much Westwood has been offered but, if his previous statement is anything to go by, then it is still a sizeable chunk!

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau hits a shot

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Although not in the field for the first event at The Centurion Club, DeChambeau has become the next big name to jump ship to the LIV Golf Series (opens in new tab), with the former US Open winner set to appear at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, from the 30th June - 2nd July.

When it comes to money, DeChambeau has been linked to a number of figures. Earlier in 2022, the American was supposedly offered $135 million, with the amount rising to over $240 million. Now though, according to sources, Bryson is getting a guaranteed $100+ million to join LIV Golf.

James Piot

James Piot talks to the media at the LIV Golf Invitational

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At just 23-years-old, James Piot has his whole career ahead of him. However, according to the Detroit Free Press (opens in new tab), the 2021 US Amateur champion has taken a reported $1 million to sign up for the event at The Centurion Club.

“This is a great opportunity, a 23-year-old getting to travel the world and go to places I never dreamed of and being able to make an impact on others is something I'd love to do with my career. I'm extremely grateful to be able to have this opportunity and looking forward to the future of playing everywhere I can go.”

Pat Perez

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Reportedly, Perez has signed with the LIV Golf Series for $10 million which, although a lot less significant than some of the other players at the series, is still a rather nice amount for a player who hasn't secured a win since the 2017 CIMB Classic and is bordering on being eligible for the PGA Tour Champions circuit in just four years.

Perez's announcement was slightly bizarre, with the American's wife, Ashley, actually revealing the announcement via an Instagram story. In the post, Perez is seen swinging a golf club at the iconic 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass as the words "BREAKING NEWS!!" flash up. It is then followed with a simple message: "Pat Perez has signed with LIV Golf".

LIV Golf Prize Money Breakdown

Along with the appearance fees, there is also the small matter of prize money, $225 million over eight events to be exact. The first seven regular team tournaments offer a purse of $25m. Of that, $20m will be distributed in individual prize money in a stroke play competition and $5m will be shared between the top three teams. 

Following the first seven tournaments, an Individual Champion will be crowned, with $30m on offer for the top three individuals of the season. The top player will receive $18m, the player in second, $8m, and the third-placed player $4m. This is only available to participants who have played in a minimum of four events.

The Team Championship finale has double the purse at $50m. As its name suggests, that's a team-only affair, with the prize money shared between all 12 teams. The winning team will receive $16m and the team finishing last will receive $1m. Each player will receive a 25% cut of team earnings.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.