Dustin Johnson: Paul McGinley questions the former no. 1 player in the world joins the Saudi league and says it could turn golf upside down


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Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series could be a “historic moment in the game”.

Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series could be a “historic moment in the game”.

Paul McGinley said Dustin Johnson’s decision to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series underscores her ability to turn golf “upside down”.

Johnson, former world number 1, will head the opening event for the new competition at The Centurion Club from June 9 to 11, just four months after committing to the PGA Tour.

Johnson is the biggest name so far to have announced he was going to compete and risked sanctions by the PGA, which did not give members permission to play.

McGinley, the former Ryder Cup-winning captain who was a member of the DP World Cup, believes relations between the two tours have never been better and that money can be the driving force behind any player’s commitment to the LIV series.

McGinley said Sky Sports News: “It will be a historic moment in the game. If this Saudi league brings the speed head together and challenges the two approved rounds in the world, taking into account the background and the whole idea of ​​the team’s events, then golf can be turned upside down and upside down.

Dustin Johnson will head to the opening event at Centurion Club next week

Dustin Johnson will head to the opening event at Centurion Club next week

“We have to see how it goes. At this point [Johnson’s] Only one player, all the remaining major players in the world, remained completely loyal to the PGA Tour. They feel like they have a good deal out there, and they have it. They play every week for a prize money of between $ 10 and 12 million with a first prize of more than $ 2 million. They fly in private jets every week and go home to their families every Sunday night.

“The idea of ​​this timely Saudi line is to take it around the world more often in Formula 1 style. It’s a big change from what they did.”

Johnson was the only surprise included in next week’s event, where he will compete alongside Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na and Martin Kaymer.

The winner will receive £ 3 million from the total prize fund of £ 20 million.

The 2020 Masters Champion would play in the Canadian Open, which also starts next week.

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“Johnson was a bit off the track because he was considering marrying on the PGA Tour just six weeks ago,” McGinley said.

“He is in the prime of his career. With the necessary respect for the other players, they are in the twilight of their careers. Here is a man who is widely regarded as one of the favorites when a big tournament arrives.

“It’s a big leap for him, a brave one, as all the other current top players in the world have remained loyal to the PGA Tour and the DP World Cup.

“As far as the gates are concerned, we just have to wait and see what happens and how the Saudi league will develop, or the players will decide that it is a better option than it has been for the past 50 years.

“It is also not as if they did poorly in those rounds. We put the biggest trophies in the history of the European tour on the table this year, and the PGA Tour did something similar.

“These guys make a lot of money. It is clear that the opportunity to earn a lot of money was attractive to them and why they go where they are. ”

Fitzpatrick: The LIV golf series is currently of no use

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future lies on the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future lies on the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future is still at the PGA before this week’s Memorial Tournament, but that he will have to reconsider whether the LIV series is the main round.

“Tiger [Woods] He made a big point in the PGA that day in his press conference. “He’s there to make a legacy and win trophies and win the majors, and that’s kind of – that’s definitely where I am,” Fitzpatrick said.

“And it was quite interesting, and it was kind of, you know, I’m going to be honest, in some tournaments I might not necessarily be in, and I can not win, and then I think, oh, you know, well. , at least on the bright side, I did so much.This week after the tournament ended.

“I’m from the American PGA and did not really care how much I earned that week. I was just frustrated that I did not win. I had a chance and I did not use it, and it said a lot to myself about myself. That’s all that bothers me here.

“You want records. I want to win championships, and for me that’s why this kind of LIV Golf does not interest me at the moment. ”

However, the Englishman did not rule out a move completely and admitted that if the Tour is going to be the biggest draw, he will have to re-evaluate where he is going to participate.

“In five years, if you suddenly become the main tour, you will naturally reconsider your options,” he said.

“But right now, yes, I’m here and I want to make sure I give myself the best chance to win trophies and win the majors and really manage my career that way.”

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