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Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA Tour to star in rival series LIV Golf

Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA Tour to star in rival series LIV Golf

LONDON — Dustin Johnson said on Tuesday he has joined several other golfers and resigned from the PGA Tour with immediate effect, and plans to play only LIV golf events and major championships in the future.

Johnson, who has been a PGA Tour member since 2008, made the announcement during the opening 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 tour membership and will be playing [LIV] for now,” Johnson said. “That’s the plan.”

In February, Johnson released a statement via PGA Tour Communications saying he was fully committed to the tour, but he ultimately changed his mind.

“At that time, I was committed to playing the PGA Tour,” Johnson said. “I’m very grateful for the PGA Tour and everything it’s done for me. I’ve done pretty well for the past 15 years. But it’s something that was best for me and my family. It’s something exciting and new.”

Johnson said he expects to be able to play major tournaments, including next week’s US Open in Brookline, Massachusetts. The USGA has shown no indication that it will attempt to exclude players who have joined the LIV Golf Tour from its championships. Johnson has a 10-year exemption for the US Open due to his victory in 2017, and his victory at the 2020 Masters earned him five-year exemptions for the Open Championship and the PGA Championship until 2026.

“I can’t answer for the majors, but hopefully they’ll allow us to play,” Johnson said. “Obviously I’m exempt for the majors, so I plan to play unless I hear otherwise.”

Johnson’s 24 PGA Tour wins are fourth among active players, behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh. He earned $74.2 million during that time.

Johnson’s decision – which follows similar decisions from Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel – will likely make him ineligible for future Ryder Cups, as players must be members of the PGA of America to be considered. . PGA Tour members are automatically members of the PGA of America. Johnson said he factored that into his decision as well.

“Obviously everything is subject to change,” Johnson said. “Hopefully at some point that will change and I’ll be able to participate. If not, well, that was another thing that I really had to think long and hard about. in the end i decided to come and play here.

“The Ryder Cup is amazing and something that has certainly meant a lot to me. I am proud to say that I represented my country, and I hope I will have the opportunity to do so again. But I don’t don’t make the rules.”

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