Dustin Johnson has applied to join the European golf tour in what is being called a “shock move.”
After being banned by the PGA Tour for playing on Greg Norman’s LIV Golf tour, DJ has applied for membership to Wentworth and has asked to meet with CEO Keith Pelley.
If DJ’s application is approved, and sources say it is more than likely, it will send shockwaves through the headquarters of the PGA Tour.
It will also have many other U.S. players following suit, handing the European Tour a dream stable of superstars.
Per the UK Telegraph:
It is an understatement to call this a “predicament” for Pelley and his board. Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed this week that Bryson DeChambeau had signed for LIV in a $100 million-plus deal, joining Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter as well as Garcia, Westwood and world No 21 Louis Oosthuizen, and will play in the next LIV event, in Oregon in three weeks. If the DP World Tour performed an about-turn with the “strategic alliance” and managed to extricate itself, then its sponsors might relish the chance to feature big US names at its events; particularly as LIV is ready to announce Patrick Reed as another capture and is close to sealing Rickie Fowler, as well as other US pros in Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak and Harold Varner. An insider called this is “a tremendous opportunity”.
The European Tour needs to grasp the nettle and allow all these guys to play, and it will survive,” they said. “I don’t know the legalities, but Pelley and his board has a chance to embrace this. Johnson, Mickelson, DeChambeau, and all those like Westwood, Poults, Louis, GMac… sponsors would be delighted.” Former world No 1 Martin Kaymer has also resigned his PGA Tour membership and is pinning hopes on Europe. Along with Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger, Kaymer is down to play in the BMW International in his homeland and is waiting to see if his home circuit follows the Sawgrass lead.