Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA Tour to play in rival LIV sequence

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LONDON — Dustin Johnson mentioned Tuesday he has joined a number of different golfers and resigned from the PGA Tour efficient instantly, and he plans to play solely LIV Golf occasions and main championships going ahead.Johnson, who has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008, made the announcement within the opening information convention for LIV Golf’s first occasion at Centurion Golf Membership. Johnson mentioned he’d rigorously thought of the choice during the last six months and felt it was the suitable one.”For proper now, I’ve resigned my membership on the tour and I’ll play [LIV] for now,” Johnson mentioned. “That is the plan.”In February, Johnson launched a press release via PGA Tour Communications saying he was totally dedicated to the tour, however he finally modified his thoughts.2 Associated”At the moment, I used to be dedicated to taking part in the PGA Tour,” Johnson mentioned. “I am very grateful for the PGA Tour and all the pieces it is executed for me. I’ve executed fairly nicely on the market for the final 15 years. However that is one thing that was greatest for me and my household. It is one thing thrilling and one thing new.”Johnson mentioned he totally expects to have the ability to play within the majors, together with subsequent week’s U.S. Open at Brookline, Massachusetts. The USGA has not proven any indication that it might try to bar gamers who joined the LIV Golf Tour from its championships. Johnson has a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Open due to his 2017 victory, and his 2020 Masters victory earned him five-year exemptions into the Open Championship and PGA Championship via 2026.”I am unable to reply for the majors, however hopefully they’ll enable us to play,” Johnson mentioned. “Clearly I am exempt for the majors, so I plan on taking part in until I hear in any other case.”Johnson’s 24 PGA Tour victories are the fourth most amongst energetic gamers, trailing Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh. He has earned $74.2 million throughout that point.Johnson’s determination — which follows related selections by Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Brandon Grace and Charl Schwartzel — doubtless will make him ineligible for future Ryder Cups, as gamers should be members of the PGA of America to be thought of. Members of the PGA Tour are given computerized membership into the PGA of America. Johnson mentioned he weighed that in his determination as nicely.”Clearly all issues are topic to vary,” Johnson mentioned. “Hopefully in some unspecified time in the future it should change and I am going to be capable to take part. If it does not, nicely, it was one other factor I actually needed to assume lengthy and arduous about. In the end I resolve to come back to this and play out right here.”The Ryder Cup is unbelievable and one thing that has undoubtedly meant lots to me. I am proud to say I’ve represented my nation and hopefully I am going to get an opportunity to try this once more. However I do not make the foundations.”

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