“It was good,” Johnson said. “I feel it should have been a lot better. I played my season well. I didn’t do my best.”
However, Johnson, one of the original PGA Tour defectors, won the LIV Triple Crown. He topped the Money Leaderboards, won the Individuals Championship, and on Sunday took home 4 Aces for the Team Championship at Doral Blue Monster.
Johnson, Patrick Reed, Taylor Gooch and Pat Perez split the $16 million first-place prize on Sunday with a 7-under, one-hit shot better than Cameron Smith’s team.
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It all equates to $35.6 million for Johnson, including a $18 million bonus for winning a season-long singles title. Add to that a four-year contract worth $125 million to pull out of the PGA Tour and $1.6 million he made to play 12 events on the PGA Tour, and the DJ has earned $68.5 million this year. He made about $75 million in 15 years on the PGA Tour.
Not a bad year. Or for life…or multiple times even if you let Johnson feel like he left money on the lawn.
The weekend was a snapshot of the inaugural LIV season with the largest purse ($50 million) in sports history and a champagne celebration on stage with The Chainsmokers as entertainment.
That was all Greg Norman dreamed of meeting.
“All the feedback, all the negative feedback we’ve had, I don’t care,” said Pat Perez, a member of Johnson’s team.
“I paid. I don’t care.”
4 Aces won despite having a goal on the back. Smith was asked on Saturday if there are any competitions developing at LIV Golf due to the team concept.
“I think everyone came out to win 4 aces,” Smith said. “Personally, they are the person.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked golfer almost pulled it off.
Smith blasted off in a twosome with Johnson, earning a 7-under 65 for the low round among the remaining 16 golfers on the field. But that wasn’t enough with his 3 teammates making 1 combined shot.
Against 4 Aces was a real team effort, Johnson, Reed and Perez were 2 under. Gooch one shot behind. The title was essentially snatched away by Reed rolling in a long shot on the last hole with Johnson standing on the 18th green and watching his teammate’s ball fall onto a video board.
Johnson pumped his fist and grabbed the can/his brother, Austin Johnson, realizing he only needed to hit twice with his team in front with a one-stroke and Smith in rough shape.
Johnson’s last goal was about 3 feet. But knowing the score would affect three other players increased the pressure.
“If it was a singles tournament, it wouldn’t be a problem to shoot the ball from 3 feet away,” Johnson said. “Knowing that I had to do it to win, I didn’t like it very much.
“My hand was not fixed.”
But Johnson’s performance has been strong since joining Liv in five top-five spots in seven events, including one win and two runners-up in singles play.
Johnson’s team was the top seed to enter the weekend after winning the tag team championship in four of the seven events. The four players are in the top 10 on the season’s money list, with Reed ($12.2 million), Josh ($10.4 million) and Perez ($8 million) behind Johnson.
The team led by Brooks Koepka was tied up for the lead until the Koepka brothers’ wheels fell on their nine backs. Brooks was over 4 during a six-hole stretch with a four ghost, and Chase had a double ghost during a five-hole stretch.
Brooks Koepka finished the seventh year on the money list with over $8.2 million in six events.
This article originally appeared on the Palm Beach Post: Dustin Johnson swept the Triple Crown of LIV Golf but wasn’t happy