Dustin Johnson defies PGA Tour and joins Saudi-funded golf series

Dustin Johnson is one of 42 players in the field for next week's LIV Golf Invitational

which is financed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and boasts a prize pool of $25 million.

Johnson announced three months ago that he was "totally committed" to the PGA Tour.

The list, which was revealed Tuesday night, did not include Phil Mickelson.

Johnson and other top players said they would stay on the PGA Tour after his damning statements in February.

The LIV Golf Invitational will be held at Centurion Club outside of London on June 9-11.

Players on the PGA Circuit and European Tour have been denied releases, putting them at risk of being sanctioned

And possibly losing their tour membership if they compete.

"Dustin has been pondering the chance for the past couple of years on and off.

Norman's idea is for 54-hole events with a shotgun start, in which each group starts on separate holes at the same time, with a prize pool of $20 million for the individual and $5 million for the team.

The winner will receive $4 million, while the last place finisher will receive $120,000.