Dustin Johnson tops LIV Golf and challenges the PGA

AP Agency Dublin, Ohio / 01.06.2022 01:15:36 Three months after claiming he was "fully committed" to the PG

AP Agency

Dublin, Ohio / 01.06.2022 01:15:36

Three months after claiming he was “fully committed” to the Tour, is among 42 golfers due to take part in next week’s LIV Invitational, backed by a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund. The purse of the is 25 million dollars.

Phil Mickelson did not appear on the list released Tuesday night. In February, his remarks about the proposed Saudi league prompted Johnson and other well-known golfers to say they would stay in the PGA.

The Invitational will take place June 9-11 at the Centurion Club, outside London. The PGA Tour and the European Tour refused to release their players for this event, which would leave them open to punishment — perhaps even loss of membership that allows them to compete.

Dustin has been eyeing the opportunity on and off for the last couple of years.. Ultimately, he decided that pursuing this was in the best interests of him and his family,” said David Winkler, Johnson’s manager at Hambric Sports, who texted The Associated Press.

“Dustin has never had a problem with the PGA Tour and appreciates everything it has given him. But in the end, he felt that this was too attractive to let happen.”

That stance marks a reversal of comments Johnson made in February.. He then issued a statement saying he was committed to the PGA and “grateful for the opportunity to play on the best tour in the world and for everything” it had done for him and his family.

Johnson, whose last win came at the Saudi International in 2021, is 13th in the world. He is the player with the highest ranking who has agreed to participate in the controversial tournament.

Johnson once held the top spot in the world rankings longer than any since Tiger Woods.

Greg Norman, in his second attempt to create an alternative circuit to the PGA, had courted Johnson decisively. It is unknown how much he will pay her.

Other golfers in the group of 48 were not a surprise. Lee Westwood and Spaniard Sergio Garcia had indicated they would play, along with Ian Pulter and Louis Oosthuizen.