Dustin Johnson Explains LIV Golf Move In Full Swing - 'Playing Less, Making More Money'

The two-time Major winner, speaking in the new Full Swing Netflix series, gave a very honest assessment of why he joined LIV Golf

Johnson hits a tee shot with a driver
Johnson signed for LIV for a reported fee of $125m last year
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The brand new Full Swing docuseries on Netflix is now live, featuring eight episodes covering the game of golf's crazy 2022 season when LIV Golf entered the scene.

The series follows some of the sport's biggest names, even some who have since left for LIV Golf - including Dustin Johnson.

DJ features in Episode 5: American Dreams, where he explains his reasoning for joining the Saudi-backed start-up circuit. Unsurprisingly, his decision came down to money, with the two-time Major winner reportedly offered $125m to sign up.

Johnson was one of LIV's highest-profile signings before its inaugural event last June, with the American joining just a few months after committing his future to the PGA Tour.

The former World No.1 put it very frank when explaining his reasoning for the move, saying that "something's wrong with you" if you didn't do the same as he likened it to less work for more cash.

"For me it was playing less, making more money. Pretty simple," Johnson explains in the episode.

"Someone offers anyone a job, doing the same thing they're already doing but less time at the office and they're gonna pay them more. Pretty sure you're gonna take it. And something's wrong with you if you didn't."

Johnson kisses the trophy

Johnson enjoyed a successful debut season with LIV

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Johnson went on to win over $35m in prize money during the inaugural LIV season, where he picked up the $18m individual prize as well as the Team Championship as part of the 4 Aces quartet.

He is set to make his 2023 debut later this month in the first event of the 14-tournament $405m LIV Golf League, which gets underway in Mexico from February 24th.

Despite his on-course success with LIV, the American had dropped outside of the world's top 50 for the first time since 2013 due to the Saudi-backed series not yet having world ranking points.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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