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How this LIV golfer received $18 million for ending second


Talor Gooch misplaced to Brooks Koepka in a playoff at LIV Jeddah — however he nonetheless took residence $18 million.

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Talor Gooch didn’t win LIV Jeddah over the weekend — however he nonetheless walked away with a reasonably good payday.

Regardless of falling in a playoff to Brooks Koepka, Gooch’s runner-up end within the Center East put the ending touches on a profession yr. For the 2023 season, the 31-year-old nabbed three wins and added a runner-up end as well, ok to change into the LIV Golf season-long particular person champion.

“It’s particular,” Gooch stated. “I’ve all the time felt that I used to be ok to be an expert golfer and play in opposition to the perfect on the planet. Now to be right here to, I believe, think about myself probably the greatest on the planet, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I used to be 9 years previous. To get up to now in my profession and to have this validating of a season, yeah, phrases can’t describe how a lot it means and simply how satisfying it’s.”

With the win within the particular person season-long factors race, Gooch takes residence a large payday of $18 million. That sum is sort of double his profession earnings on the PGA Tour of $9,250,299.

“Man, it’s superior,” Gooch stated. “From January 1 till now, that’s what we’ve been working for, so to get right here and to be the champion, man, I’m proud, I’m honored, and I’m excited.”

Gooch entered the ultimate regular-season occasion trailing Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau within the season-long standings, however his runner-up end was sufficient to leap each. Smith completed T24 to safe second within the season-long standings, whereas DeChambeau’s T11 efficiency dropped him to fourth. Along with his second victory of the yr, Koepka moved to 3rd.

“For me, once more, it’s a validation to all of the onerous work, all of the endurance and the years it took to get my sport to this spot to, I believe, be thought of probably the greatest gamers on the planet,” Gooch stated.

Zephyr Melton

Golf.com Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com the place he spends his days running a blog, producing and enhancing. Previous to becoming a member of the crew at GOLF, he attended the College of Texas adopted by stops with the Texas Golf Affiliation, Group USA, the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all issues instruction and covers beginner and ladies’s golf. He will be reached at zephyr_melton@golf.com.

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