PGA Tour Players Who Sit on Moneybags Thanks to LIV Golf

 Scotty Scheffler (USA), who returned to world No. 1, is a hot topic by earning more than 6.7 billion won in 4 years in just one event, the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open. This is thanks to the prize money that has more than doubled this year, and this has nothing to do with the launch of LIV Golf.

In the final round of the tournament, which ended on the 13th at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, Schaeffler reduced 6 strokes and won the championship with a final total of 19 under par. Schaeffler, who succeeded in winning the championship for the second year in a row by beating Nick Taylor (Canada) by two strokes


, received a prize money of 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.586 billion won) thanks to the increase in the total prize money to 20 million dollars this year.

The 26-year-old Schaeffler participated in the WM Phoenix Open four times and received $5,305,342 (approximately 6.7 billion won) in prize money. He received 1,476,000 dollars for winning last year, but this year he smiled at the prize money that more than doubled.

Schaeffler rose to the top of the tournament’s most prize money in just four tournaments. Former No. 1 Phil Mickelson (USA) participated in the WM Phoenix Open 30 times until 2020 and won $4,198,678 (approximately 5.351 billion won) in prize money. However, he transferred to LIV Golf last year and can no longer participate in this tournament.

The reason why Schaeffler made such a huge amount of money is largely thanks to LIV Golf, which was launched last year. The PGA Tour opened 12 new tournaments worth more than 20 million dollars this year to counter the money offensive of LIV Golf, which is supported by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the top rankers are sitting on a cushion of money. Although Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are blatantly criticizing LIV Golf, it is these PGA Tour players who are benefiting.

This is evidenced by the prize money. Nick Taylor, who finished runner-up at the WM Phoenix Open, received a runner-up prize of 2.18 million dollars (approximately 2.778 billion won). This is $700,000 more than the $1,476,000 prize money Schaeffler received last year. 3rd place John Ram also received 1.38 million dollars (approximately 1.76 billion won), which is more than the prize money (904,020 dollars) he received from 7 appearances at the WM Phoenix Open until just before.

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