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Dustin Johnson: Paul McGinley questions ex-world No 1 joining Saudi league and says it could turn golf upside-down

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Paul McGinley: “This will go down as a historic moment in the game. If this Saudi league does gather a head of speed and challenge the two established tours in the world, considering the background and the whole idea of team events, it could turn golf upside-down and on its head.”

Last Updated: 01/06/22 11:41am


Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson's decision to take part in the opening Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event could prove to be an 'historic moment in the game'

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Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the opening Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event could prove to be an ‘historic moment in the game’

Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the opening Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event could prove to be an ‘historic moment in the game’

Paul McGinley said Dustin Johnson’s decision to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event highlights its potential to turn golf “upside-down”.

Former world No 1 Johnson will headline the new competition’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club from June 9-11, just four months after committing himself to the PGA Tour.

Johnson is the biggest name so far to announce he will take part and risks sanctions by the PGA, which has not granted members permission to play.

Former Ryder Cup-winning captain McGinley, who is on the board of the DP World Tour, believes relations between the two tours have never been better and that money can only be the motivation behind any player committing to the LIV Series.

McGinley told Sky Sports News: “This will go down as a historic moment in the game. If this Saudi league does gather a head of speed and does challenge the two established tours in the world, considering the background and the whole idea of team events, it could turn golf upside-down and on its head.

Dustin Johnson will headline next week's inaugural event at the Centurion Club

Dustin Johnson will headline next week’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club

“We’ll have to see how it plays out. At this stage [Johnson’s] only one player, all the remaining top players in the world have stayed completely loyal to the PGA Tour. They feel they’ve got it good over there, and they have. Every week they’re playing for a $10-12m prize fund with a first prize of over $2m. They’re flying around in private jets every week and going home to their families every Sunday night.

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

Johnson was the one surprise inclusion for 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 £3m out of a total prize fund of £20m.

The 2020 Masters champion had been scheduled to play in the Canadian Open, which also starts next week.

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“Johnson was a bit out of leftfield considering he had pledged his loyalty to the PGA Tour a mere six weeks ago,” said McGinley.

“He is in the prime of his career. With due respect to the other guys, they’re in the twilight of their careers. Here is a guy who is very much considered as being one of the favourites whenever a major championship comes around.

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

“In terms of floodgates, we just have to wait and see what happens and how this Saudi league is going to evolve, whether the players decide this is a better option than what they’ve had in the last 50-odd years.

“It’s not like they’re doing bad on those tours either. We’ve put the biggest prizes in the history of the European Tour on the table this year, and the PGA Tour has done something similar.

“These guys are making a lot of money. The opportunity to make a lot more money has obviously been appealing for them and why they’re going where they are.”

Fitzpatrick: LIV Golf Series of ‘no interest’ for now

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future lies with the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future lies with the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future remains with the PGA ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament, but he would have to re-evaluate if the LIV Series became the main tour.

“Tiger [Woods] made a great point at the PGA the other day in his press conference. He’s there to create legacies and to win tournaments and to win majors, and that’s kind of – that’s definitely where I am,” said Fitzpatrick.

“And it was interesting, it was kind of, you know, I’ll be honest, some tournaments where I’m maybe not necessarily in it, and I can’t win, then I do think, oh, you know, well, at least on the bright side I’ve made this much this week after the tournament’s over.

“I came away from the US PGA and literally couldn’t care less about how much I made that week. I was just gutted that I didn’t win. I had a chance and I didn’t take it, and that kind of said a lot to myself about myself. That’s all I’m bothered about out here.

“You want to have records. I want to win tournaments, and for me, that’s why for now, the sort of LIV Golf doesn’t interest me.”

However, the Englishman did not completely rule out a move and admitted if the tour were to become the top attraction, he would have to reassess where he would compete.

“In five years, if all of a sudden that becomes the main tour, then obviously you sort of rethink your options,” he said.

“But for now, yeah, I’m out here wanting to make sure I’m giving myself the best chance of winning tournaments, winning majors and going about my career like that, really.”

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