They have been chastised for snatching at a cash-grab, but as LIV’s golfers descend on Adelaide, it’s fair to say that they’ve put their newfound riches to good use.
Last year, the likes of Cam Smith, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka shocked the world of golf by turning their backs on the PGA Tour for the controversial Saudi startup, led by Aussie legend Greg Norman.
Queenslander Smith was lured by a deal worth approximately $140million, Koepka pocketed $100m, while American veteran Phil Mickelson – who has reportedly amassed $1billion in prize money – earned $200m from the move.
The Brisbane-raised golfer, 29, calls Jacksonville in Florida home – and his luxury residence is decked out with a man cave for the ages, a fully stocked bar and pristine water views.
World No.6 Smith – who beat US star Cameron Young by one stroke to hoist the Open trophy at St Andrews last year – purchased the mansion for a little over $3.5million in April 2020.
Spanning 5,350 square feet on a .55-acre lot, the layout includes an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area.
When guests stop by, there’s a built-in bar as well as an al fresco lounge area with palm trees, a race simulator and a grilling space with a huge television outside.
A few metres away is access to Smith’s ‘play toy’, a Front Runner 39 boat, which he uses for fishing and to cruise the nearby waterways.
Smith could certainly afford an upgrade if he so chooses, with the Australian pocketing a reported $140million after joining LIV Golf last year.
Koepka’s luxurious lifestyle was showcased on Netflix’s Full Swing series, in which a camera crew were invited into the golfer’s exclusive property in Jupiter, Florida, which he shares with partner, Jena Sims.
There are a number of garages at the Jupiter property for Koepka and Sims to park their cars, while in front of the entrance are two palm trees surrounded by a stone and grassy pathway.
Inside the property, there are two plush sofas in a huge living room that looks out to the back garden, while Koepka also showed off his impressive range of trainers – in which he owns at least 84 pairs.
There is also a sunken sofa fitted next to his large swimming pool outside.
Koepa is now worth a staggering $74million, according to reports. He has sponsorship partnerships with Srixon, Rolex, Netjets, as well brands Nike and Michelob Ultra.
Koepka, 32, and Jena Sims, 34, met in 2015 at the Masters tournament.
‘That’s so special because I’m from Georgia, so it’s perfect,’ she explained to Golf Digest. ‘We were on hole seven, which I don’t even remember, but he’s like, ‘Oh, I remember what you were wearing, where we were standing, everything.”
Jena explained that she was a longtime golf fan and had always grown up watching the sport because her dad liked to watch the sport.
They then announced that they were engaged in April 2021, after more than five years together. The duo shared the exciting news via Instagram, with Jena posting a few photos of the magical moment Brooks dropped down to his knee and asked her to marry him.
‘Forever is no joke,’ Jena said in the caption of her pics.
In another post, she called it the ‘best day of her life.’
The romantic proposal took place on a beach near their home in Jupiter, Florida. The golfer was wearing a white Givenchy t-shirt, black pants, and white sneaks, while Jena opted for a light purple mini-dress and white Nike sneakers.