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Break With The PGA: Schwartzel, At $23,300 A Shot, Becomes The First LIV Golf Champion

The South African beats his compatriots Hennie du Plessis and Branden Grace and pockets a check of 4,750,000 dollars.

Charl Schwartzel is already part of golf history, although at the moment it is not because of his 16 professional victories, nor because of his green jacket won at the 2011 Augusta Masters with blood, sweat and tears. The South African is the first winner of LIV Golf, the first great millionaire of this brand new circuit, who has decided to challenge the PGA Tour. With a card of 203 strokes, divided into three rounds of 65, 66 and 72, Schwartzel surpassed his compatriots Hennie du Plessis and Branden Grace at the Centurion Club in London.

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Added to that victory was the one won in the team category, where the Stinger GC was completed by another illustrious South African, such as Louis Oosthuizen. The undisputed victory against Crushers GC, made up of England's Richard Bland, Australia's Travis Smyth and Thailand 's Phachara Khongwatamai, allowed Schwartzel to pocket a check for $4,750,000.

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In three days of work, the player from Johannesburg has won far more than in any of his nearly 20 seasons on the PGA Tour. The most lucrative was 2011, when he topped $2.6 million. His paycheck these days brings him nearly $1.6 million a day, or about $23,300 for every shot he hit on his 54 holes. During this lucrative weekend he has collected 20% of his total purse throughout his 20-year career in the United States.

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Another illustrious Dustin Johnson finished eighth with -1, while Phil Mickelson finished far away, in 33rd place with +10. The best ranked Spaniard was Adrian Otaegui, sixth with -2 and a prize of $800,000. In just one tournament, he has collected more money than in 10 of his 11 seasons competing on the European Tour. Pablo Larrazábal finished thirteenth, Sergio García, in 22nd place and the amateur David Puig finished in 38th position.

With all this dizzying rain of figures, it is not surprising that players are joining the LIV initiative, and after Bryson Dechambeau's announcement today, Americans Pat Perez and Patrick Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters, have confirmed their commitment.

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