LIV Golf Series: Dustin Johnson had been thinking about it for 6 months

LONDON — Dustin Johnson said on Tuesday he has joined several other golfers in resigning from the PGA Tour effective immediately, and plans to only play LIV Golf Series events and major tournaments at the coming.

Johnson, who has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008, made the announcement during the press conference for the first event of the LIV golf series at Centurion Golf Club. Johnson said he had thought about his decision carefully over the past six months and believed it was the right one.

“For now, I have resigned my status as a member of the circuit and I will play [au LIV] at the moment,” Johnson said. “That’s the plan.”

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

“At that time, I was committed to playing on the PGA Tour,” Johnson explained. “I’m very grateful to the PGA Tour and all it has done for me. I’ve done well for the past 15 years. But that’s what 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 the U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts next week. The USGA has shown no indication that it will attempt to exclude players who have joined the LIV Golf Series from its championships. Johnson has a 10-year exemption for the US Open due to his victory in 2017, and his victory at the Masters Tournament in 2020 earned him five-year exemptions for the British Open and the Championship. of the PGA until 2026.

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

Johnson’s 24 PGA Tour wins rank him fourth among active players, behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh. He earned $74.2 million during this period.

Johnson’s decision – which follows similar decisions from Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Brandon 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. . Members of the PGA TOUR are automatically members of the PGA of America. Johnson said he also considered this factor in his decision.

“Obviously all things are subject to change,” Johnson said. “I hope that at some point this will change and that I will be able to participate. If not, well, that’s another thing I had to think long and hard about. In the end, I decided to come and play here.

“The Ryder Cup is an incredible event that meant a lot to me. I am proud to say that I represented my country and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again. But I don’t make the rules. »

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