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$4.75M: Schwartzel wins richest golf event amid Saudi outcry

Charles Schwartzel of South Africa kisses the trophy as he poses for the media after he won the...
Charles Schwartzel of South Africa kisses the trophy as he poses for the media after he won the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England, Saturday, June 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)(Alastair Grant | AP)
Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 10:45 PM EDT
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(AP) - Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has banked $4.75 million by winning the richest tournament in golf history, while the event’s Saudi backers faced renewed backlash after a 9/11 victims’ group called for American players to withdraw from the rebel series.

Schwartzel held on for a one-shot victory at the inaugural LIV Golf event outside London to secure the $4 million prize for the individual victory — along with another $750,000 from his share of the $3 million purse earned by his four-man Stinger team for topping the team rankings.

Twenty players have now defected from the PGA Tour, with Patrick Reed the latest former Masters champion confirmed on Saturday as signing up to LIV Golf

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