Dustin Johnson’s decision to participate in the LIV Golf Invitational Series’ inaugural event has both shocked and puzzled the golf world.
On Tuesday, the Saudi-backed league announced 42 players for the 48-man, 12-team event in London on June 9-11, and Johnson’s inclusion was as surprising as LIV booster Phil Mickelson’s initial absence.
The World No. 13 men’s golfer previously pledged allegiance to the PGA Tour — where he’s won 24 titles including the 2016 U.S. Open and 2020 Masters — but a massive payday from LIV was enough to flip the Tour’s third all-time earner ($74.3M).
The 37-year-old is one of three former World No. 1’s (Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood) to commit to the tournament — and it appears there will be consequences.
According to the New York Post, Johnson sponsor RBC implied it has cut ties with him — a decision probably influenced by the fact that the London event will be played the same weekend as the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open.
In addition, the PGA Tour may discipline those who participate in LIV events.
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