Former world No.1 Dustin Johnson has confirmed that he has resigned his membership of the PGA Tour in favour of prioritising the new LIV Golf Series.
The 24-time PGA Tour winner, the third highest earner in the history of the circuit, made the announcement at Centurion Club this morning ahead of this week's inaugural LIV event.
"I've resigned my membership of the [PGA] Tour and I'm going to play here for now, that's the plan," said the 38-year-old.
Johnson's decision means that he is now ineligible for the Ryder Cup.
Asked if that made it a difficult decision for him, he added: "It was. Obviously, all things are subject to change and hopefully at some point they will but, ultimately, I decided to come do this and play out here. I'm excited about it.
"The Ryder Cup is unbelievable and is something that has definitely meant a lot to me. I'm proud to say that I've played and represented my country. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to do that again but I don't make the rules."
When it was put to him that some people will view his decision as putting money before his country, Johnson was unequivocal in his reply.
"I chose what's best for me and my family."
Johnson's participation in the LIV Golf Series is something of a surprise given that, as recently as February, he said that he was "fully committed" to the PGA Tour.
Asked to explain what has changed between then and now, he said: "A lot over the past few months. At that time, I was committed to playing the PGA Tour. I'm very thankful for it and everything that it's done for me.
"I've done pretty well out there for the last 15 years but this is something I felt was best for me and my family and I'm very excited about playing. It's something new and I think it's great for the game of golf. That's why I'm here."