LIV, the new Saudi-backed professional golf league, just upped the ante once again. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, head of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, said on Saturday that any player who shoots a 54, or 18 under, will earn $54 million, according to Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig.
While it sounds like a great deal, the odds of a golfer shooting a 54 are incredibly low. Jim Furyk has the lowest round in PGA Tour history with a 58. The fact that no one has shot lower than a 58 in PGA competition shows just how hard it would be to shoot a 54.
Why 54? 54 is a common theme on the LIV golf tour. LIV is the Roman numeral for 54, which is also the number of holes in LIV Tournaments. Typical PGA tournaments are four rounds of 18 holes of golf, which is 72 holes. LIV instead has three rounds in each tournament, which is 54 holes.
Big Payday: Even without the $54 million bonus, the LIV players are getting a big payday. On Saturday, Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural LIV tournament, earning $4 million, the largest single payday for a professional golfer.
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