Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson made further history by securing the inaugural LIV Golf Individual Championship in a season which has been defined by consistency and victory, following five top-10 finishes in the opening six events, including a dramatic win at the LIV Golf Invitational Boston.
Johnson shot a five-under-par 67 on Sunday October 9th to finish at 9 under in the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, securing a 16th place finish and creating an insurmountable lead in the individual standings with one regular season event remaining. Johnson earned three points at Stonehill to add to his 8th place finish in London, 4th in Portland, 3rd in Bedminster, victory in Boston and 3rd in Chicago. He now has 121 points in the season-long competition, 42 more than current second place competitor Branden Grace.
With points being awarded to the top-24 finishers in each tournament, and 40 points available for victory at the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah this weekend, Johnson’s consistency through the first six events has put him in the record books as LIV Golf’s first season-long champion, securing the first place $18 million prize.
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“Locking up the individual competition is big. It’s an honor to be LIV’s first individual season champion,” said Johnson. “I’d like to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their confidence in me, my brother and caddie Austin, my wife Paulina, my Four Aces teammates Pat, Patrick, and Talor, as well as LIV’s growing legion of fans around the world. Our team is in a really good position with two events to go and I’m looking forward to further contributing to LIV Golf’s exciting story and continued growth.”
“The first chapter of LIV Golf’s history could not be written without Dustin Johnson’s name. By any measure, DJ is among the elite players in the world,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman. “From the start, he’s been a LIV Golf cornerstone. He has more than lived up to his billing and he deserves immense credit for clinching LIV’s first individual season title. We look forward to a celebration befitting such a champion in Miami at the end of October.”
The battle for second and third-place podium spots remains hotly contested as players head to the Middle East this week for LIV Golf’s final regular season event, the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah, October 14-16 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. Runner-up in the final individual standings earns $8 million with $4 million awarded to third place.
2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed (76) currently sits in third place ahead of 2022 Open Champion Cameron Smith (56) whose standout performances include a fourth-place finish in his LIV Golf debut in Boston and a three-stroke win in Chicago. With 40 points awarded for a tournament win and 30 for runner-up, the door is still open for more than a dozen players to secure an individual podium finish, including notable players Charl Schwartzel (55), Matthew Wolff (50), Louis Oosthuizen (49), Sergio Garcia (44), Joaquin Niemann (42), Eugenio Chacarra (41), Henrik Stenson (40) and Paul Casey (40).
The final event of 2022 is the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, October 28-30. The iconic Blue Monster course will stage the seeded three-day, knockout tournament featuring both match play and stroke play, delivering the excitement of head-to-head competition as LIV Golf’s 12 teams compete for a historic $50 million purse.
Grounds passes for the Team Championship are just $49 and are all-inclusive of the fan activities on site, including daily live music. Three-day grounds passes are also available for $115. Visit LIVGolf.com for tickets and more information, including details on single-day and three-day hospitality packages for Club 54 and Gallery Club experiences.