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Dustin Johnson challenges the PGA Tour and joins a Saudi-funded series

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Three months after declaring he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson is among 42 players on the court for next week’s LIV Golf Invitational, which offers a prize of $25 million backed by Saudi Arabia. Arabia

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Three months after declaring he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson is among 42 players on the court for next week’s LIV Golf Invitational, which offers a prize of $25 million backed by Saudi Arabia. The Sovereign Fund of Arabia.

Phil Mickelson was absent from the list published on Tuesday evening. It was his damaging remarks in February that led Johnson and other top players to say they would stay on the PGA Tour.

The LIV Golf Invitational is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Club outside London. The PGA Tour and European Tour have denied players releases, meaning they risk being punished – possibly a loss of Tour membership – for participating.

The other players in the 48-man squad were no surprise; Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia had indicated that they would play, along with Ian Poulter.

American players chasing Saudi riches include Talor Gooch, who won his first PGA Tour event last fall at the RSM Classic, and three-time Tour winner Hudson Swafford.

Greg Norman’s group has also taken on the amateurs, adding US amateur champion James Piot and David Puig, who is competing this week for Arizona State in the NCAA championship.

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Doug Ferguson, Associated Press