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Dustin Hunter Johnson (born June 22, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He has won two major championships, the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with a 4-under-par total of 276 and the 2020 Masters Tournament with a record score of 268, 20-under-par. He has previously finished in a tie for second in both the 2011 Open Championship and the 2015 U.S. Open. He has six World Golf Championships triumphs, with only Tiger Woods has won more, and he is the first golfer to win each of the four World Golf Championship tournaments.

By virtue of his 2020 Travelers Championship triumph, Johnson became the third player in Tour history to win a Tour title in each of his first 13 seasons, following Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Johnson is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been listed in the top 10 yearly in driving distance from 2008 to 2020, and leading in 2015.

In February 2017 Johnson became the world’s number 1-ranked golfer and stayed there for 64 consecutive weeks, the 5th longest stint at number 1. He returned to the number 1 position in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and has remained at number 1 for a total of nearly 130 weeks.

Early Life

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Dustin Hunter Johnson was born on June 22, 1984, in Columbia, South Carolina, and played college golf at Coastal Carolina University where he majored in Sports Management.

As an amateur, he won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and played on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams.

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PGA Tour Warns ‘disciplinary Measures’ Against Runaway Players As Dustin Johnson Heads Up Contentious Saudi Tour Opening

Liv Golf Controversy

Hours after the LIV Golf Invitational Series unveiled the field for its first tournament next week, the PGA Tour warned of “disciplinary action” for PGA Tour players who compete in the new Saudi-backed series.

In a robust rebuke to the controversial new golf league, the PGA Tour declared on Wednesday: “As conveyed to our full membership on May 10, PGA TOUR members have not been permitted to compete in the Saudi Golf League’s London tournament, under PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations.

“Members who breach the Tournament Regulations are subject to disciplinary action.”

Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson will be the featured act at the first LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament, which holds its debut event from June 9-11 at the Centurion Club outside London.

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Johnson, presently the world No. 13, will be the highest-ranked player at the event, which will also feature Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, and Branden Grace.

As recently as February, Johnson declared that he was “totally committed to the PGA Tour.”

Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, a prominent backer of the new tour, did not appear in the field at the Centurion Club.

The 51-year-old declared in February he would take “some time away” from golf after being lambasted for remarks he made regarding Saudi Arabia’s government and the country’s new tour.

“Free agency has finally arrived at golf,” Greg Norman, LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner said in a statement. “This is a chance to create a movement that will alter the course of history by introducing fresh and open competition to the sport we all love.

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“The desire displayed by the players to engage in LIV Golf indicates their unequivocal conviction in our concept and faith in what we’re constructing for the future.”

Norman attracted severe criticism this month for trying to minimize the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi ahead of the tour’s debut, saying: “We’ve all made errors.”

A US intelligence assessment labeled Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as responsible for ordering the operation that led to the 2018 death of Khashoggi — something bin Salman denies.

The Centurion Club event will feature a total prize purse of £20 million ($25.2M), including £3 million ($3.8M) for the winning player. Six slots still remain vacant in the 48-man field.

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The tournament takes occur at the same time as the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open, which Johnson had been slated to play in.

In a statement released on Twitter, the Canadian Open, a tournament Johnson won in 2018, said it was “disappointed” with the two-time major winner’s choice to decide to compete in the Saudi-backed event.

“As a previous RBC Canadian Open winner, Canadian golf fans were looking forward to DJ’s comeback this year,” it stated.

“Our emphasis continues to be on staging the greatly acclaimed return of the RBC Canadian Open and inviting the world’s greatest players to Canada.”

The PGA Tour has not given clearance for its players to participate abroad and they might potentially be ready to face consequences for their choice.

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“Dustin has been pondering the chance off-and-on over the last couple of years,” David Winkle of Hambric Sports Management said in a statement on behalf of Johnson.

“Ultimately, he felt it was in his and his family’s best interest to pursue it. Dustin has never had any problem with the PGA TOUR and is appreciative for everything it has provided him, but in the end, though this was too tempting to pass up.”

In a statement emailed to CNN, Royal Bank of Canada said it is canceling its sponsorship arrangements with Johnson and Graeme McDowell, who has also signed up for the LIV Golf series.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy suggested the PGA Tour should not “down the hammer” on any players who have elected to compete in the future tournament.

“A few — a couple of surprises in there I believe … they [PGA Tour] are well within their rights to follow the rules and regulations that have been established,” PGA Tour player McIlroy told reporters before the Memorial Tournament on Wednesday.

“It’s going to wind up being a fight over what those rules and regulations are.

“It’s not something that I would do myself. But I absolutely see why some of the players have gone, and it’s something that we are all just going to keep an eye on and see what happens over these next few weeks,” said McIlroy.

“But I definitely don’t believe the field is something to jump up and down over.”

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