Dustin Johnson leaves the PGA Tour to play LIV Golf

Former world number one golfer Dustin Johnson confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned from his club membership PGA USA Tour as he prepares to play on the run Invitational Series of Golf LIV.

Johnson was speaking at a press conference at the Centurion Club, outside London, ahead of the opening event of the Saudi-backed separatist tour, which kicks off Thursday.

World number 15 Johnson said in February that he had pledged to participate in the United States PGA Tour, which he refused release for members to play in the opening of LIV Golf.

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“I am very grateful to the PGA Tour and everything it has done for me … but this is something I felt was the best for me and my family and I am very excited to play,” he said.

Johnson said it was difficult to predict the consequences of his decision to play on the escape tour.

“Right now, I’ve resigned from the tour. For now I’ll play here and that’s the plan, “he added.