Dustin Johnson Resigns From PGA Tour To Play In Saudi-Backed LIV League
Dustin Johnson‘s days of playing on the PGA Tour are over — at least for right now — the golf superstar just announced he’s resigning his membership in order to play full-time in the Saudi-backed LIV league.
DJ broke the news during a meeting with media members at Centurion Club near London on Tuesday … just days before he’s set to tee it up for the first time at a LIV Golf Invitational Series event.
“For right now,” Johnson said, “I resign my membership from the Tour. I’m going to play here for now, and that’s the plan.”
BREAKING🚨: Dustin Johnson RESIGNS from the PGA Tour
The golfer is now ineligible to play in the Ryder Cup. pic.twitter.com/LLmlmIDKmF
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 7, 2022
The new league — which is backed by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia — has been controversial, due to the country’s past record of human rights violations.
Golfers who have defected to the league have been accused of taking loads of cash to play and effectively help the country “sports wash” that track record.
In addition, the PGA Tour has not been friendly about the rival league … threatening suspensions and bans for golfers who accept the invite to play in it.
Johnson — who reportedly received around $125 million to golf in the new league — said the decision to leave the Tour ultimately came down to “what’s best for me and my family.”
Now ineligible for the Ryder Cup, Johnson said he was unsure if he’d be allowed to participate in golf’s major events from here.
Other golf superstars, meanwhile, have joined in Johnson’s decision to play in the league — most notably, Phil Mickelson revealed on Monday he, too, has accepted the invite. He has not, however, formally resigned from the Tour yet.
Top golfers Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na and Sergio Garcia have joined as well. Tiger Woods, however, reportedly turned down a “nine-digit” offer to play.
The first of seven initial LIV events begins on Thursday in England.