ST. ALBANS, England — If anything summed up the absurd amounts of money being paid out at the new LIV Golf Invitational series, it was the check for $120,000 given to Andy Ogletree for his dead finish last Saturday.
Had the 24-year-old American played on the PGA Tour this week, he would have returned home after two rounds facing financial loss for his efforts.
But without cuts and prize money supercharged by support from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the former US amateur champion easily enjoyed his biggest payday – no mean feat considering he was 24 over par for his three rounds in the opening event at Centurion. near London.
According to the PGA Tour, which Ogletree joined after turning pro in 2020, he has career earnings of $38,000.
He will no longer be able to play on the PGA Tour after the organization decided on Thursday to suspend all players who jumped on the LIV train.
For a player building a career, getting kicked out of the PGA Tour would usually amount to financial suicide.
Still, if Ogletree plays in all six remaining individual events this year, even finishing last in all of them, he’ll be looking at earnings close to $1 million.