REVEALED: Report divulges just how much money LIV Golf have spent so far

A report has revealed just how much money LIV Golf have spent in their inaugural season which comes to a close in Miami at Trump National Doral. 

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Thu, 27 Oct 2022
REVEALED: Report divulges just how much money LIV Golf have spent so far

The inaugural season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series comes to a close this weekend with the $50m team championship in Miami

One team of four will split $16m after three days' play at Trump National Doral. The favourites to do so are Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces.

It is a simply staggering amount of money. When play finishes on Sunday, LIV Golf will have given away $255m in prize money through eight events. 

That will increase in 2023, with LIV Golf hosting 14 events globally and handing out $405m in prize money. 

Related: Nine players who changed their mind about LIV Golf

Money and sportswashing are clearly two of the biggest talking points with the LIV Golf Tour. To some, they are the only talking points. 

LIV are still without a much-needed TV deal, something that was rumoured to be all-but completed a few weeks ago with LIV apparently willing to pay Fox Sports 1 for coverage going forward.

But all has gone silent. 

An extensive expose by SI's Bob Harig has shone a light on LIV Golf's finances through their first season. 

You can read that here and it really is worth your time.

But one little nugget has been found by Harig and that is reportedly just how much money LIV Golf have spent so far. 

Wrote Harig:

"LIV's first-year expenditure, according to a source, is pegged at $784 million all-in. Another $1 billion is committed for next year as the schedule will increase to 14 events."


Going forward, LIV's path to financial prosperity and the ability to recover their investment so far will hinge on that TV deal and selling off their teams as franchises. 

Just how long will the Saudi royal family keep bankrolling this without LIV really taking off?! 

Phil Mickelson believes LIV Golf is here to stay. Just a few weeks ago he told us he was on the "winning side". 

Related: Mickelson daggers Koepka with Masters jibe

Added Harig:

The idea is to eventually sell off the teams as franchises. Mickelson, Johnson, DeChambeau, Koepka and Na are among 12 team captains, some of whom have been given equity stakes in their teams. LIV Golf would be paid a franchise fee ($100 million? $200 million? $500 million?), and in time the teams would take over paying their own expenses while earning revenue through sponsorships and marketing and even the sale of tickets and merchandise.

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