Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson has sensationally committed to the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series on June 9.
Johnson headlines a field made up of other big names from the PGA Tour such as Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na.
"Dustin has been contemplating the opportunity off-and-on for the past couple of years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his and his family's best interest to pursue it," Johnson's manager David Winkle said.
"Dustin has never had any issue with the PGA Tour and is grateful for all it has given him, but in the end, felt this was too compelling to pass up."
The first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at Centurion Golf Club clashes with the RBC Canadian Open, the Canadian bank that has sponsored the former World No.1 since 2018.
RBC was "extremely disappointed" in his decision but still "wished him well." It has certainly come as a surprise to many that Johnson has committed to the series commissioned by Greg Norman.
Johnson is the highest-ranked player in the field at No.13 in the world, but in February, the 37-year-old pledged his allegiance to the PGA Tour and so this makes this morning's news even more unexpected.
Take a look below at the reaction of some golf fans on social media:
Dustin Johnson on Feb. 29: “I am fully committed to the PGA Tour.”— Alex Myers (@AlexMyers3) June 1, 2022
Dustin Johnson on May 31 after committing to the first LIV Golf event: pic.twitter.com/Ux8YgoBfee
Golf fans finding out Dustin Johnson is playing the first LIV event pic.twitter.com/cHZmveJJaz— Amanda Rose (@AmandaGolf59) June 1, 2022
I am particularly looking forward to Dustin Johnson, team captain, choosing between ...— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) June 1, 2022
Phachara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim and Ryosuke Kinoshita
... to round out his team.
Dustin Johnson got $30 million + equity in LIV, anyone who says he shouldn’t have taken the deal at nearly 38 years old is an idiot and has no clue about money.— BeatinTheBookie.com™️ (@BeatinTheBookie) June 1, 2022