Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson Officially Leave PGA Tour For LIV Golf Invitational Series

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Dustin Johnson has formally resigned from the PGA Tour. He intends to compete in only LIV golf tournaments and majors.

The two-time major champion is no longer eligible to compete in the Ryder and Presidents Cups.

The same goes for Phil Mickelson, who is returning to competitive golf after a four-month absence from the PGA Tour, with the new LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Mickelson, a six-time major champion, has been added to the lineup for LIV Golf’s first tournament, which is set to begin on Thursday.

Yesterday, Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine reported that Mickelson signed a contract on Saturday night that was worth around $200 million.

There is certainly some pushback to the decisions that Mickelson and Johnson made, with both players losing sponsorships as a result of joining the golf league.

LIV Golf is backed by the Saudi government, who do not have a good human rights record. Critics of the league site Saudi Arabia’s murderous March, where 81 Saudi Arabian citizens were executed on a single day in March of this year.

Among other suspicious activity in the Saudi government, the players will be asked a lot of questions in the coming months.

On Monday, the Saudi Arabia-backed league┬árun by former pro Greg Norman officially confirmed that the first round at Centurion Club outside London on Thursday will be aired live on the league’s website, as well as YouTube and Facebook.