Dustin Johnson leaves PGA Tour to play in LIV

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ST. ALBANS, England — Two-time main winner Dustin Johnson has resigned his PGA Tour membership to take part within the new golf sequence backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

The primary LIV Golf Invitational, which provides $25 million in prize cash, is going down outdoors London from Thursday.

Johnson mentioned on Tuesday he “needed to suppose lengthy and onerous” about leaving the PGA Tour, seemingly ending his hopes of competing within the Ryder Cup for america.

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“In the end, I made a decision to come back and do that,” Johnson mentioned at Centurion Membership. “I am enthusiastic about this. Clearly the Ryder Cup is unbelievable and one thing that has meant quite a bit to me. … Hopefully I will get an opportunity to do this once more, however I do not make the foundations.”

Johnson, whose final victory was the Saudi Worldwide in 2021, is No. 13 on the planet, the highest-ranked participant within the area. He has held the No. 1 spot on the planet longer than any participant since Tiger Woods.

“I selected what’s greatest for me and my household,” Johnson mentioned, explaining his determination to hitch the Saudi enterprise fronted by Greg Norman.

Talking alongside Johnson, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell mentioned he had but to surrender his PGA membership.

“I do not really feel I must,” he mentioned. “I do not wish to get right into a authorized scenario with the PGA Tour.”

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