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“I was talking about this the other day with my wife Paulina (Gretzky, daughter of the best ice hockey player in history). I really regret my decision to come here, it was a terrible thing. I haven’t been able to sleep thinking about this, I just can’t get over it”, answered Dustin Johnson in a totally ironic way at the press conference of the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah, the final individual appointment of the new circuit financed with Saudi petrodollars, when he was asked if the jump to LIV had met his expectations.

The 38-year-old former world number one who left his throne on the PGA Tour to Jon Rahm is now the sheikh of the championship that has revolutionized golf and in which Eugenio López-Chacarra, also present today in the wonderful course located in the King Abdullah Economic City with views of the Red Sea, pocketed last Sunday the biggest prize of a Spanish athlete in history: 4,880,000 euros adding the individual and collective victory in Thailand.

The 22-year-old from Madrid did not hesitate to receive the offer (unofficially 15 million fixed for playing three years plus prizes), something that the winner of the 2016 US Open and the 2020 Augusta Masters did not do either, a great star of the North American circuit, who received around 125 for answering the call. Now, in the absence of the test in the Middle East, Johnson is already the individual champion of the first edition… which includes an extra prize of another 18 million.

The flood of tickets does not end there since in the six events he has played, with a single victory in Boston and the rest in the Top 10, they have brought him twelve million more. And there is still the team final in Miami (October 28-30) that distributes another 50 and that awards 16 to the winning quartet. That is, to also obtain the team victory Dustin would fatten his checking account by $171 million… in four months. A real madness that breaks all logic compared to the money that can be earned on the traditional circuit and that has left the threat of not being able to play majors or the Ryder Cup as an anecdote for some of the best players in the world.

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“It is an honor to be the first LIV champion. I would like to thank Greg Norman and the championship for his confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the exciting history and growth of LIV Golf.” said the American. “The first chapter in LIV Golf history could not be written without the name of Dustin Johnson. DJ is one of the best players in the world and from the beginning he has been a pillar of LIV Golf”, says Greg Norman, the ‘great white shark’, executive director and commissioner who did not hesitate to receive the offer to be the visible head of the competition in the offices.

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