Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA Tour to play in rival LIV Golf Series

London – Dustin Johnson On Tuesday he resigned immediately from the PGA Tour along with several other golfers, and he plans to play only at LIV golf events and major championships.

Johnson, who has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008, made the announcement at the inaugural press conference for LIV Golf’s first event at Centurion Golf Club. Johnson said he had carefully considered the decision over the past six months and felt it was the right one.

“For now, I have resigned my membership on the tour and I am going to play [LIV] For now, “Johnson said.” That’s the plan. “

In February, Johnson released a statement through PGA Tour Communications saying he was fully involved in the tour, but he eventually changed his mind.

“At the time, I was determined to play the PGA Tour,” Johnson said. “I’m so grateful for the PGA Tour and everything it has done for me. I’ve been doing well there for the last 15 years. But it was great for me and my family. It’s something exciting and new.”

Johnson said he fully expects to be able to play in the majors, including the US Open next week in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. The USGA has shown no sign of trying to prevent players from joining the LIV Golf Tour from its championship. Johnson has been sidelined for 10 years at the US Open due to his 2017 victory, and his 2020 Masters win earned him five years of exemptions from the Open Championship and PGA Championship until 2026.

“I can not answer the majors, but they’re going to let us play,” Johnson said. “Obviously I’m exempt from the Majors, so I plan to play if I don’t ask otherwise.”

Johnson’s 24 PGA Tour wins rank fourth among active players. Tiger Woods, Bill Mickelson And Vijay Singh. He earned $ 74.2 million at the time.

Johnson’s decision – follows similar conclusions Kevin Na, Sergio GarciaBrandon Grace and Charles Schwartz – Since the players must be members of the PGA of the United States he may be disqualified for future Rider Trophies. Members of the PGA Tour are offered automatic membership in the PGA of the United States. Johnson said he weighed it in his decision as well.

“Obviously all things are subject to change,” Johnson said. “At some point it will change and I hope I can participate. If it does not happen, it’s something else I had to think about for a long time. Eventually I decided to come to this and play here.

“The Ryder file is incredible and certainly makes a lot of sense to me. I’m proud to say I’ve represented my country and hope to have the opportunity to do it again. But I did not. Rules.”

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