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Dustin Johnson resigns from PGA TOUR to play in LIV Golf Invitational Series

The golf pro is rumored to have received a contract of $125 million to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Dustin Johnson of The United States attends the press conference prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - London at The Centurion Club on June 07, 2022 in St Albans, England. Photo by Aitor Alcalde/LIV Golf/Getty Images

Dustin Johnson is among a group of golfers that have resigned from the PGA TOUR effective immediately, he announced in a press conference Tuesday.

Johnson will join LIV golf and take part in the eight events of their inaugural season. Along with Johnson, Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel are among the golfers that will be playing in the first LIV golf invitational event this coming weekend.

The PGA TOUR controls the tournaments outside of its organization that its members are allowed to play in. If a golfer were to play in a LIV event without permission, they would be subject to fines and sanctions from the PGA TOUR. Leaving the PGA TOUR entirely allows golfers to not have any pushback in playing in whatever tournament they would like. Seeing as the majors in the golf calendar (like the U.S. Open) are not sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Johnson and others will be eligible to play in those events. The Masters is run by the private Augusta National Golf Club, and thus invitations could be revoked even if a player would have normally been considered qualified. The only events Johnson for sure won’t be able to participate in would be the Ryder and Presidents Cups.

Odds for the LIV golf tournament this weekend may be found at DraftKings Sportsbook. They are not yet available in all states, so make sure to check to see if you can bet on this new tournament. Johnson has the best odds to win the LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club installed at +400.