Golf Fans Aren’t Buying Dustin Johnson’s Reasoning For Leaving PGA Tour For LIV Golf

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  • Dustin Johnson is leaving the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf International Series
  • Johnson is reportedly being paid $125 million to join the new Saudi-backed tour.
  • Fans aren’t buying his reasoning for making the change.

Dustin Johnson has made his choice.

The two-time major champion and former world No. 1 has announced that he’ll be resigning from the PGA Tour.  He intends play solely in LIV Golf events as well as major championships moving forward. This comes after an earlier announcement that Johnson will appear in this week’s inaugural LIV event in London

Dustin Johnson Responds To PGA Tour Threats

Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday comes after the PGA Tour had previously stated that players who opted to compete in LIV Golf events could face punishment and even lose their tour cards. That appears not to be an issue for Johnson. He willingly revoked his tour status on Tuesday. Johnson is now ineligible for marquee events such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament and Tour Championship as a result. As a consequence of Johnson’s decision, he’s also barred from competing in either the Ryder Cup or President’s Cup. Most importantly, he can still play in major championships.

Big Pay Day Made Decision Easier

Johnson’s decision to resign from the PGA Tour comes amid reports that he was paid $125 million by Saudi investors to join the upstart LIV Golf league. That amount is in addition to any prize money he would earn at events. It also dwarfs the $74.2 million that he’s won in his career on the PGA Tour.

LIV Golf’s deep pockets were the premier selling point for the upstart tour. Because players can still compete in majors, it may well present issues for the PGA Tour moving forward.

Johnson Reasoning Not Sitting Well With Fans

Golf fans remain unconvinced by Johnson’s claim that the decision was all about doing what’s best for his family.

The LIV Golf Series kicks off Thurday in London. Fans can watch via a free live stream on, YouTube and Facebook.