Dustin Johnson may have been one of the first players to leave for LIV Golf but that hasn't changed his relationships over on the PGA Tour, the former Masters winner told reporters in the most on-brand way Monday at Augusta.
"For me it's the same. All my buddies are still my buddies," he told Sky Sports Golf. "It's still golf, doesn't matter where you play at."
"For me it's the same. All my buddies are still my buddies."— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) April 3, 2023
Dustin Johnson responds to questions about the dynamic at Augusta with PGA Tour and LIV Golf players going head to head for the first time. pic.twitter.com/MEn3RNfGg5
The 38-year-old is one of the most successful players currently playing in the LIV Golf series. During his time of the PGA Tour, he earned 24 wins, including the 2020 Masters Tournament. He's also one of the few players who have been playing in the controversial league since the very beginning, finishing eighth in the series' debut tournament in London last year.
While some fellow LIV players, like Sergio Garcia, have spoken out in the past about how some of his relationships with PGA Tour players have changed following his decision to join Greg Norman's league, the switch doesn't seem to have had the same effect on Johnson.
"This week's all about Augusta. So, it has nothing to do with where you play at," he said. "Guys that are here, they play all around the world. Not everybody just plays on one spot. So, for me, like I said, all my buddies are still my buddies."
Johnson is one of 18 LIV Golf players in the field at Augusta this week, and one of six who are former winners of the event. He's also been one of the best players in the new league, finishing inside the top 10 in six of the seven individual events last season including a win at the Boston event. His performance throughout the debut season was enough to win the season's individual winner with came a lucrative bonus.
The American added that he was also looking forward to playing practice rounds this week with some of those buddies that he doesn't see as often anymore.