Johnson: The LIV Move Was Purely About The Money
If you want a definitive answer on why a good clump of the players have moved to LIV, then you only need to listen to maybe the most straightforward golfer in the history of the game – Dustin Johnson.
Speaking on the new Netflix docuseries, Full Swing, the two-time major winner was as honest as you could possibly be which might well explain why he's rarely copped any flak in the past few months.
“The decision to join LIV finally just came down to the offer that they made me. For me it was playing less, making more money. Pretty simple. If someone offered anyone a job, doing the same thing that they’re already doing, but less time at the office and they’re gonna pay them more. (I’m) pretty sure you’re going to take it. I mean – something’s wrong with you if you didn’t.”
Johnson originally pledged his allegiance to the PGA Tour before making the switch to Greg Norman's circuit. The 38-year-old then excelled, pocketing $38m including a whopping $18m bonus for topping the points list.
“I’ve had a wonderful career on the PGA Tour and I’m very proud of it and always will be and obviously now, I’ve taken a different step in my life and career."
Speaking to his family and friends the 38-year-old explained that the first event at Centurion had lived up to his expectations.
“I enjoyed it, they had music playing on the range which was nice. It just created a little different vibe. I felt like the fans enjoyed it. I know I’m one of the best golfers in the world. I think I’ve proven it over a long period of time. When I show up to a major, I’m there to win. They can have their own opinion. For me personally, I feel like my reputation as a golfer’s already set, so I don’t think there’s anything to prove.”
This week Johnson slipped outside the world's top 50 for the first time in 13 years, not that it will affect his major starts for the next few years. The last time that he was this low came in January 2010 when he was ranked 55th. Since then he spent a total of 135 weeks as the World No. 1.