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7:03 AM ET LONDON — Dustin Johnson mentioned Tuesday he has joined a number of...

7:03 AM ET

LONDON — Dustin Johnson mentioned Tuesday he has joined a number of different golfers and resigned from the PGA Tour efficient instantly, and he plans to play solely LIV Golf occasions and main championships going ahead.

Johnson, who has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008, made the announcement within the opening information convention for LIV Golf’s first occasion at Centurion Golf Membership. Johnson mentioned he’d fastidiously thought of the choice over the previous six months and felt it was the best one.

“For proper now, I’ve resigned my membership on the tour and I will play [LIV] for now,” Johnson mentioned. “That is the plan.”

In February, Johnson launched a press release via PGA Tour Communications saying he was absolutely dedicated to the tour, however he in the end modified his thoughts.

“At the moment, I used to be dedicated to enjoying the PGA Tour,” Johnson mentioned. “I am very grateful for the PGA Tour and every thing it is achieved for me. I’ve achieved fairly effectively on the market for the final 15 years. However that is one thing that was finest for me and my household. It is one thing thrilling and one thing new.”

Johnson mentioned he absolutely expects to have the ability to play within the majors, together with subsequent week’s U.S. Open at Brookline, Massachusetts. The USGA has not proven any indication that it could try and bar gamers who joined the LIV Golf Tour from its championships. Johnson has a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Open due to his 2017 victory, and his 2020 Masters victory earned him five-year exemptions into the Open Championship and PGA Championship via 2026.

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“I can not reply for the majors, however hopefully they are going to permit us to play,” Johnson mentioned. “Clearly I am exempt for the majors, so I plan on enjoying except I hear in any other case.”

Johnson’s 24 PGA Tour victories are the fourth most amongst energetic gamers, trailing Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh. He has earned $74.2 million throughout that point.

Johnson’s determination — which follows similar decisions by Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel — possible will make him ineligible for future Ryder Cups, as gamers have to be members of the PGA of America to be thought of. Members of the PGA Tour are given computerized membership into the PGA of America. Johnson mentioned he weighed that in his determination as effectively.

“Clearly all issues are topic to alter,” Johnson mentioned. “Hopefully sooner or later it is going to change and I am going to be capable of take part. If it does not, effectively, it was one other factor I actually needed to suppose lengthy and laborious about. In the end I determine to come back to this and play out right here.

“The Ryder Cup is unbelievable and one thing that has positively meant so much to me. I am proud to say I’ve represented my nation, and hopefully I am going to get an opportunity to try this once more. However I do not make the principles.”