The LIV Tour is easy money for the 48 players who participate in its tournaments.

Dustin Johnson walked away with $4.75 million for winning the September 2-4 tournament at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts, which is a suburb of Boston. He had to play a 55th hole, on which he sank an eagle putt, to win this championship. It was his first professional tournament title in 19 months.

Bill Kennedy, golf columnist

Johnson’s team was also victorious, which means more money for Dustin. His winnings on the LIV Tour, not including the huge bonus he received for signing with LIV, is now $9,962,500. This is for having played in four 54-hole tournaments.

Golf purists, who say a professional tournament should be 72 holes, mumble about Johnson’s payday, saying it’s not real golf unless there are four rounds. Would these same purists object to an offer of 10 times more money to do the same work they are currently doing, and for 25% fewer hours of work? Well, that’s what a lot of guys on the LIV Tour get, with the ability to play for even bigger sums with less work time.

Johnson’s price tag in Boston wasn’t nearly as large as Rory McElroy’s FedEx championship payout of $18 million. But the $18 million McElroy earned was an annual amount, with no other cash prizes even close to that figure. In fact, Johnson’s $4.75 million is more than any major PGA Tour cash prize.

Johnson, by the way, is the No. 3 earner of all time on the PGA Tour, with over $74 million earned. Only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have earned more than Johnson. He also reportedly got $125 or $150 million, depending on the source, for signing with the LIV Tour.

So think about that. Mickelson finished tied for 40th at The International, and remember there was no cut, so everyone goes home with money. Mickelson won $136,000. Not a bad price for mediocre golf, by professional standards.

Another notable fact is that the last golfer, Wade Ormsby, 48th in the field, won $130,000.

The LIV Tour is halfway through its eight-tournament season, having competed in greater Portland, Oregon; Bedminster, New Jersey; and greater Boston, plus an event in greater London, England. The competition is coming to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Prize, Illinois (greater Chicago) and Bangkok October 7-9.

Many readers probably know this, but the origin of the name “LIV” Tour is pretty simple, when you think about it. “LIV” is the Roman numeral for “54”, which is obviously the number of holes played in a LIV tournament.

If that sounds like “stuff” from this writer’s useless information storehouse, then so be it.

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In the Charlie’s Cup standings through September 6, on the men’s side, Don Flanagan of Springbrook is fifth with 49 points and James Thombs of Bridgton Highlands is seventh with 43 points. There are 412 Maine golfers who have accumulated points in the men’s standings.

Kathleen Rokowski of Spring Meadows is tied for second in the women’s standings with 61 points.

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The Maine State Golf Association Senior Women’s Championship is September 13-14 in Riverside North, while the MSGA Men’s Four-Ball Tournament is September 17-18 in Rockland.

There will be no women’s game days during the week. The men’s game day is September 13 at Old Marsh.

Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.


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