Dustin Johnson resigns from the PGA Tour and commits to LIV Golf

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Dustin Johnson, the former No. 1 golfer in the world and Champion 2020 MastersOn Tuesday, he said he quit the PGA Tour while preparing for his first LIV Golf Tournament.

Johnson is one of the best golfers who have decided to join Saudi Funded Golf League. He, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, and Kevin Na are among those competing in their championships.

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Dustin Johnson lines up during the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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“Obviously at this time it’s hard to talk about what the consequences will be, but for now I’ve resigned my membership from the tour,” he said. “I’m going to play here, for now. That’s the plan. But what are the consequences, obviously I can’t comment on how the tour will handle.”

Johnson said he still plans to play for the big companies unless he hears otherwise.

Johnson appears to have been lured away from the tour with an attractive offer. According to The Telegraph last week, Johnson signed a deal worth $125 million – although the term of that deal was not immediately known.

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Dustin Johnson hits his shot from 14th during the PGA Championship on May 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dustin Johnson hits his shot from 14th during the PGA Championship on May 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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He said in February that he is committed to the PGA Tour. It was not clear what had changed.

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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told agents that their clients won’t be able to play in both rounds, according to ESPN.

“As our members were fully informed on May 10, PGA Tour members are not authorized to participate in the London Saudi Golf League event, under the PGA Tour regulations,” PGA Tour said in the current situation. “Members who violate the tournament regulations are subject to disciplinary action.”

In May, the PGA Tour refused to release players who sought to bypass the RBC Canadian Open in order to play the first LIV Golf event at the Centurion Golf Club in London.

Dustin Johnson responds to a missed blow during the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, June 26, 2021.

Dustin Johnson responds to a missed blow during the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, June 26, 2021.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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The first LIV Golf event starts on Thursday.

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