Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA Tour to play in rival LIV Golf series

Dustin Johnson said on Tuesday that he has resigned from the PGA Tour, effective immediately, and that he would now exclusively play LIV Golf events and major championships.

Johnson, who has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008, made the announcement during the LIV Golf's first tournament at Centurion Golf Club's opening news conference. Johnson said he had given the decision a lot of thought over the last six months and felt it was the correct one.

Johnson said he was totally committed to the tour in a statement released by PGA Tour Communications in February, but he later altered his mind.

"I was committed to playing the PGA Tour at the time," Johnson said. "I'm grateful for everything the PGA Tour has done for me.

Johnson stated that he fully intends to be able to compete in the majors, including the U.S. Open, which will be held next week in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The USGA has made no indication that golfers who joined the LIV Golf Tour will be barred from competing in USGA tournaments.

Because of his victory in the 2017 U.S. Open, Johnson holds a 10-year exemption, and his victory in the 2020 Masters gave him five-year exemptions.

"I can't speak for the majors," Johnson said, "but hopefully they'll let us play." "Obviously, I'm exempt for the majors, so unless I hear otherwise, I'm going to play."

Johnson has the fourth most PGA Tour victories among active players, behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh. During that period, he has earned $74.2 million.

Johnson's decision, which follows that of Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Grace, and Charl Schwartzel, will very certainly rule him out of future Ryder Cups

As players must be PGA of America members to be considered. Members of the PGA Tour are automatically admitted to the PGA of America. Johnson says he considered it as well while making his choice.

"Obviously, I'm delighted to have represented my nation, and perhaps I'll have another opportunity to do so in the future. But I'm not the one who makes the rules."