Former world primary golfer Dustin Johnson confirmed on Tuesday he has resigned his membership of the US PGA Tour to play within the breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Collection.
The choice successfully guidelines the American two-time main winner out of taking part within the Ryder Cup, which pits the USA in opposition to Europe each two years.
Johnson was talking at a press convention at Centurion Membership, close to London, forward of the opening occasion of the Saudi-backed collection, which begins on Thursday.
The world quantity 15 stated in February he was dedicated to enjoying on the PGA Tour, which has refused releases for members to play in LIV Golf’s opener, which clashes with the Canadian Open.
However he has now stop, following the same determination by veteran US golfer Kevin Na, who can also be within the discipline for the occasion in St Albans.
“I am very grateful to the PGA Tour and every little thing that it is accomplished for me… however that is one thing I felt was finest for me and my household and I am very enthusiastic about enjoying,” stated Johnson.
The 37-year-old, who’s reportedly receiving $150 million in look charges to play within the collection, stated it was tough to foretell the results of his determination.
“Proper now, I’ve resigned my membership from the Tour,” he added. “I’ll play right here for now and that is the plan.”
“The Ryder Cup is unbelievable and it is one thing that has undoubtedly meant lots to me,” added Johnson, who received all 5 of his matches in the USA’ document 19-9 win over Europe at Whistling Straits final yr.
“I am proud to say that I’ve performed and represented my nation and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to try this once more, however I do not make the principles.”
The previous Masters and US Open champion stated he was exempt to play within the majors as a consequence of his document.
– Ryder Cup –
Graeme McDowell, whose Ryder Cup eligibility is tied to membership of the DP World Tour (European Tour) instructed the press convention he had not felt the necessity to resign from the PGA Tour, though he admitted he didn’t need to become involved in a “authorized scenario” with the organisation. “The gamers which are right here this week have accomplished a large amount for the Ryder Cup product and it could be a disgrace to see these guys not invited again,” stated McDowell, who holed the successful putt at Celtic Manor in 2010. Six-time main winner Phil Mickelson confirmed on Monday he had additionally signed as much as play within the inaugural LIV occasion in a serious coup for the organisers.
Mickelson has not performed for the reason that publication of feedback in February the place he criticised the PGA Tour and LIV Golf’s Saudi backers.
Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter are additionally among the many 48-man discipline for the $25 million occasion at Centurion Membership.
Gamers opting into LIV Golf have accomplished so regardless of PGA Tour warnings of disciplinary motion.
The DP World Tour has been extra opaque than the PGA Tour, saying it’s “evaluating every request on a case-by-case foundation”.
The LIV Golf Invitational Collection, which contains eight tournaments this yr, is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
Amnesty Worldwide has stated the collection is an instance of Saudi Arabia trying to “sportswash” its human rights document.
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