Former world number one Dustin Johnson is unable to play in the Ryder Cup after resigning from the PGA Tour ahead of the first LIV invitational event
Two major championship winner Dustin Johnson has retired from the PGA Tour while preparing for the LIV Invitational series.
Johnson had always supported the Saudi-backed league and hoped to compete in both the PGA Tour and the LIV Invitational.
However, last week’s news from the PGA Tour stated: “Members violating the tournament rules will be subject to disciplinary action.
“As advised to our entire membership on May 10th, under PGA Tour tournament rules, PGA Tour members are not eligible to attend the Saudi Golf League event in London.”
Kevin Na resigned from the PGA Tour over the weekend to avoid sanctions for attending the LIV Invitational, but now 2020 Masters champion Johnson is the latest to step down from the prestigious and historic golf league.
Johnson’s decision means he cannot compete in the 2023 Ryder Cup tournament. The 37-year-old scored five out of five in Team USA’s win in Wisconsin last September but will not feature in Rome next year.
Why did Dustin Johnson quit?
Johnson had previously pledged his allegiance to the PGA Tour in February, claiming he turned down an offer from LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.
However, following the PGA’s recent announcement on sanctions, Johnson said: “Obviously at this point it is difficult to assess what the ramifications will be, but right now I am resigning from the (PGA) Tour. I’ll be playing here for now and as far as the consequences go, I can’t say how the tour will deal with that.”
The two-time Majors winner is still adamant that he intends to compete in the Majors: “Hopefully they will allow us to play. Obviously I am exempt (from the LIV Golf Tour) for the majors and intend to play there unless I hear otherwise.”
Any event that competes with the PGA Tour will not fare well, but matters are made a lot worse by the fact that the LIV Invitational is a Saudi-backed league.
The country’s human rights have caused much uproar, as has the Saudi government’s involvement in the Yemen war.
Many countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have pledged to host many upcoming events, with sports organizations around the world accusing them of “sports laundry”.
How much does Dustin Johnson make at the LIV Golf Invitational?
Reports from the Telegraph and the Mirror suggest Dustin Johnson will be paid around $100 million after committing to the inaugural event.
The American golfer’s agent, David Winkle, said Johnson accepted this latest offer “in the best interests of him and his family.”
He continued, “Dustin has thought about this opportunity on and off for the last several years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his family’s best interest to pursue it. Dustin has never had a problem with the PGA Tour and is grateful for everything it has given him, but in the end he was too convincing to pass up.”
What is Johnson’s net worth and career earnings?
The former number one golfer held the position longer for one of his longest runs (64 weeks) with only Tiger Woods at the helm.
He is the third highest-earning golfer of all time with $70 million in prize money, behind only Tiger Woods ($120 million) and Phil Mickelson ($92 million).
A portion of Johnson’s winnings includes the 2020 FedEx Cup title, which doesn’t technically count as a PGA Tour win.
Based on his earnings, Johnson is estimated to have a net worth of around $50 million.
When is the LIV Invitational series?
The first event in the series begins this Thursday 9th June 2022 at the Centurion Club, near London.