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Johnson, DeChambeau say NO to Saudi Super Golf League



American stars Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau became the last top players on Sunday to disapprove of a proposed Saudi-backed Super Golf League.

“Over the past few months there has been a lot of speculation about an alternative tour; a lot of that seems to have encompassed me and my future in professional golf,” two-time Major Johnson said in a statement released via the PGA Tour.

“I think now is the time to put such speculation to rest,” added Johnson, a former world number one who is currently in sixth place. “I am fully committed to the PGA Tour.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play on the best tour in the world and for everything it has given me and my family.”

Hours after Johnson released his statement, 2020 US Open champion DeChambeau said on his Twitter account that he had no plans to leave the PGA Tour anytime soon.

“While there has been a lot of speculation about my support for a new tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world play the PGA Tour, so will I,” wrote DeChambeau.

“As of now, I’m focused on getting myself healthy and competing again soon,” added DeChambeau, who withdrew from the Saudi International this month, citing wrist and hip injuries, and this time didn’t play at the Genesis Invitational in Riviera Country Club week.

The proposed Super League, spearheaded by Australian great Greg Norman, has once again been a topic of discussion at Riviera, thanks in part to comments from six-time major winner Phil Mickelson.

In comments from biographer Alan Shipnuck via the Fire Pit Collective website on Thursday, Mickelson described the Saudi paymasters of the controversial breakout competition as “scary,” citing the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

While few players have expressed concern about the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, many of the world’s best have expressed no interest in jumping ship.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said this week he was “so sick” of answering questions about the proposed competition, which the first player signed up has yet to confirm.

Calling it a “not-so Super League,” McIlroy noted that none of the game’s up-and-coming stars, such as world number one Jon Rahm and second-ranked Collin Morikawa, had committed.

“You have the best players in the world who say no, so that should tell you something,” McIlroy said.

Rahm said this week that the Saudi-backed competition “just wasn’t something I believe is the best thing for me and my future in golf, and I think the best legacy I can achieve will be with the PGA Tour.”

Morikawa said this week that he believes the PGA Tour is “where I belong”.

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