Three richest LIV Golf rebels have combined net worth of over £400million

The LIV Golf invitational series has rolled into Miami for its final event in an inaugural season that has shook the sport.

The former US President Donald Trump teed it up on the Blue Monster course on his 'Trump Doral' resort to mark what has truly been an extraordinary year in golf. Trump has firmly sided with LIV CEO Greg Norman in backing the Saudi-Arabia funded series that has torn up the status quo.

But while LIV have created a fierce civil war with a huge disruption to golf's ecosystem, poaching some of the most eye-catching stars like Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson has hardly created an unmissable spectacle.

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Norman is still without a TV rights deal for his 48-man, 54-hole events where mammoth prize pots are on offer.

And rather than the quality of golf itself, it is the guaranteed riches given to the rebel players who have defected to the fledgling series that has been the key talking point.

American stars Johnson and Mickelson are among the biggest profiteers, and perhaps will not care about having their morals questioned with the sheer scale of their Saudi riches.

Mickelson is a six-time major champion and has become a central figure in the civil war due to his inflammatory comments surrounding the source of LIV's investors, Saudi Arabia.

'Lefty' boasts a staggering net worth of $300 million (£258m) according to website Celebrity Net Worth.

The 52-year-old, who has played down the human rights concerns of the Gulf State in question, pocketed an incredible $200m (£172m) just for joining the upstart, according to Golf Channel journalist Brentley Romine.

Johnson, who won one of LIV's inaugural individual events in Boston, has claimed £27m in LIV prize money just this season.

The former Masters and US Open champion is arguably golf's most unexcitable character but even his eyes must have lit up at the £16m title bonus he earned simply for being the highest ranked player across seven events.

And former world No.1 Johnson is now worth $100m (£86m) according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia is said to be the richest European defector to the venture. The now unpopular Spaniard is said to have a total net worth of $70m (£60m) after signing for LIV, the same site says.

This weekend in Miami, teams are competing for a gigantic £43m prize pot in a three-day shootout. And as long as such inordinate sums are on offer for players, LIV Golf will not go away.

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