Whether they admitted it or not, the PGA Tour stars who defected to LIV Golf did it for the money. So, with the inaugural season done, we asked George Cooper to crunch the numbers – and the results are incredible

LIV Golf inaugural season is now in the record books after shaking the sport up more than anything we’ve ever seen in just six months.

During its debut year, a total of $255 million was dished out in prize money by the Saudi Arabia backers across eight LIV Golf events – a figure which includes $30 million in bonuses. Excluding their undisclosed signing on fees, this meant 52 golfers earned at least $1 million in 2022 after joining LIV.

So with the chaotic first season now done and dusted, and with Jay Monahan having banned all defectors from returning to the US circuit – for now – here’s how each player’s LIV Golf earnings from 2022 compare to their total earnings from the American circuit – complete with the average earnings per event.

LIV Golf earnings vs PGA Tour earnings

Dustin Johnson

LIV Golf: $35,637,767 (8 events) = $4,454,720 per event
PGA Tour: $74,897,059 (307 events) = $243,964 per event

Branden Grace

LIV Golf: $16,634,666 (8 events) = $2,079,333 per event
PGA Tour: $12,299,597 (183 events) = $67,210 per event

Peter Uihlein

LIV Golf: $12,814,786 (8 events) = $1,601,848 per event
PGA Tour: $4,043,733 (128 events) = $31,591 per event

Patrick Reed

LIV Golf: $12,210,714 (7 events) = $1,744,387 per event
PGA Tour: $37,065,581 (268 events) = $138,304 per event

Talor Gooch

LIV Golf: $10,374,500 (8 events) = $1,296,812 per event
PGA Tour: $9,536,506 (120 events) = $79,470 per event

Brooks Koepka

LIV Golf: $8,276,100 (7 events) = $1,182,300 per event
PGA Tour: $37,987,257 (174 events) = $218,317 per event

Charl Schwartzel

LIV Golf: $8,135,000 (8 events) = $1,016,875 per event
PGA Tour: $20,912,493 (248 events) = $84,324 per event

Pat Perez

LIV Golf: $8,023,500 (7 events) = $1,146,214 per event
PGA Tour: $28,830,160 (515 events) = $55,980 per event

LIV Golf earnings

Cameron Smith

LIV Golf: $7,378,500 (5 events) = $1,475,700 per event
PGA Tour: $27,037,033 (171 events) = $158,111 per event

Carlos Ortiz

LIV Golf: $6,135,314 (7 events) = $876,473 per event
PGA Tour: $7,752,048 (160 events) = $48,450 per event

Sergio Garcia

LIV Golf: $6,128,786 (8 events) = $766,098 per event
PGA Tour: $54,433,395 (402 events) = $135,406 per event

Henrik Stenson

LIV Golf: $5,566,000 (5 events) = $1,113,200 per event
PGA Tour: $31,992,046 (239 events) = $133,565 per event

Louis Oosthuizen

LIV Golf: $5,395,167 (8 events) = $674,395 per event
PGA Tour: $28,124,759 (217 events) = $129,607 per event

Joaquin Niemann

LIV Golf: $4,524,286 (5 events) = $904,857 per event
PGA Tour: $14,571,584 (117 events) = 124,543 per event

Matthew Wolff

LIV Golf: $4,226,167 (7 events) = $603,738 per event
PGA Tour: $7,607,287 (65 events) = $117,035 per event

Paul Casey

LIV Golf: $4,543,367 (6 events) = $757,227 per event
PGA Tour: $36,620,072 (304 events) = $120,460 per event

Abraham Ancer

LIV Golf: $4,445,500 (7 events) = $635,071 per event
PGA Tour: $15,041,325 (142 events) = $105,924 per event

Lee Westwood

LIV Golf: $4,272,914 (8 events) = $534,114 per event
PGA Tour: $23,864,250 (268 events) = $89,045 per event

Anirban Lahiri

LIV Golf: $4,226,000 (5 events) = $845,200 per event
PGA Tour: $9,307,039 (165 events) = $56,406 per event

Jason Kokrak

LIV Golf: $3,959,500 (6 events) = $659,916 per event
PGA Tour: $20,437,410 (276 events) = $74,048 per event

LIV Golf earnings

Bryson DeChambeau

LIV Golf: $3,511,750 (7 events) = $501,678 per event
PGA Tour: $26,519,235 (140 events) = $189,423 per event

Matt Jones

LIV Golf: $3,404,700 (8 events) = $425,587 per event
PGA Tour: $17,330,501 (364 events) = $47,611 per event

Ian Poulter

LIV Golf: $3,003,333 (8 events) = $375,416 per event
PGA Tour: $28,209,697 (321 events) = $87,880 per event

Charles Howell III

LIV Golf: $2,995,333 (6 events) = $499,222 per event
PGA Tour: $42,025,458 (609 events) = $69,007 per event

Marc Leishman

LIV Golf: $2,968,000 (5 events) = $593,600 per event
PGA Tour: $35,216,825 (335 evens) = $105,124 per event

Graeme McDowell

LIV Golf: $2,373,381 (8 events) = $296,672 per event
PGA Tour: $19,099,776 (271 events) = $70,478 per event

Kevin Na

LIV Golf: $1,914,286 (8 events) = $239,285 per event
PGA Tour: $37,819,638 (457 events) = $82,756 per event

Martin Kaymer

LIV Golf: $1,911,800 (8 events) = $238,975 per event
PGA Tour: $11,412,311 (152 events) = $75,080 per event

Phil Mickelson

LIV Golf: $1,825,350 (8 events) = $228,168 per event
PGA Tour: $94,955,060 (658 events) = $144,308 per event

LIV Golf earnings

Turk Pettit

LIV Golf: $1,691,000 (8 events) = $211,375 per event
PGA Tour: $7,280 (6 events) = $1,213 per event

Harold Varner III

LIV Golf: $1,457,500 (5 events) = $291,500
PGA Tour: $10,403,266 (189 events) = $55,043

Hudson Swafford

LIV Golf: $1,241,000 (8 events) = $155,125
PGA Tour: $9,650,377 (217 events) = $44,471 per event

Cameron Tringale

LIV Golf: $1,091,200 (5 events) = $218,240 per event
PGA Tour: $17,310,004 (338 events) = $51,213 per event

George Cooper

A golf fanatic his entire life, George Cooper is NCG's man for all goings-on at the top level of the game, whether it's the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA or LIV Golf. He also looks after NCG's Twitter and Facebook accounts. George is a member of Woburn, but is not friends with Ian Poulter.

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