Dustin Johnson paid about 5 million to join Saudi golf league

Dustin Johnson paid about $125 million to join Saudi golf league

Dustin Johnson’s flip-flop got here with a heavy price ticket.

The Telegraph within the UK is reporting that LIV Golf, the upstart golf league backed by the Saudi authorities and fronted by Greg Norman that’s in search of to disrupt the PGA Tour, paid Johnson “round” £100 million — or about $125 million — to affix their sequence.

Large bucks are actually in play. {Golfing} legend Jack Nicklaus just lately stated that he was provided “one thing in extra of $100 million” to move up the league. That position finally went to Norman.

RBC (Royal Financial institution of Canada), one among Johnson’s major sponsors, minimize ties with the golfer and introduced it was “very dissatisfied” along with his resolution to play within the circuit.

“RBC is a proud companion of the PGA Tour. Our partnership is anchored with two world-class golf tournaments—the RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open,” the financial institution stated in a press release. “The PGA Tour has been clear about its intentions in accordance with its match rules ought to a golfer select to play in a match exterior the tour, together with the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence.

Dustin Johnson was reportedly paid “round” $125 million to compete within the Saudi Golf League.Getty Pictures

“We have been just lately made conscious that Dustin Johnson made the choice to play the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence opener. DJ has been a valued RBC staff member since 2018. Whereas we’re extraordinarily dissatisfied in his resolution, we want him properly.”

The 37-year-old Johnson, who’s married to Paulina Gretzky, gained the 2016 U.S. Open and the 2020 Masters.

Amongst different golfers within the Saudi Golf League’s June occasion exterior London are Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell and Talor Gooch.

Phil Mickelson brought on main uproar earlier this 12 months when he downplayed human rights issues related to competing within the league.

“They’re scary motherf–kers to get entangled with,” Mickelson informed his biographer Alan Shipnuck in February. “We all know they killed [Washington Post reporter Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible file on human rights. They execute folks over there for being homosexual. Understanding all of this, why would I even take into account it? As a result of it is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

Mickelson, who additionally ripped the PGA Tour’s “obnoxious greed” over the sum of money that’s not distributed to golfers, confronted what amounted to a several-month shadow ban from the PGA Tour after the remarks.

Wednesday, the PGA Tour issued a press release saying that members have “not been licensed to take part” within the Saudi Golf League’s occasion, and are topic to thus-far-unspecified “disciplinary motion.”

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