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RBC ‘extremely disappointed’ with ambassador Dustin Johnson’s decision to play LIV Golf opener



The full field for the LIV Golf opening event was finally released late Tuesday evening, with multiple major champion Dustin Johnson undoubtedly the headline act.

News of Johnson’s involvement in the Saudi-backed opener comes a few months after the 37-year-old had released a statement declaring that he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour.

The first LIV Golf event takes place from June 9-11, which clashes with the Canadian Open, June 9-11. Johnson, an RBC ambassador, will skip the latter event in favor of the Saudi-backed series opener, and it’s a decision that has not gone down well with RBC.

In a statement released on Tuesday, RBC said that they were “extremely disappointed” with Johnson but that the group wished him well.

“RBC is a proud partner of the PGA Tour. Our partnership is anchored with two world-class golf tournaments—the RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open. The PGA Tour has been clear about its intentions in accordance with its tournament regulations should a golfer choose to play in a tournament outside the tour, including the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

We were recently made aware that Dustin Johnson made the decision to play the LIV Golf Invitational Series opener. DJ has been a valued RBC team member since 2018. While we are extremely disappointed in his decision, we wish him well.”


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Johnson had been heavily featured on the RBC Canadian Open promotions in the build up to the event.

The World Number 13’s agent David Winkle gave a statement on behalf of Johnson to Jason Sobel, saying:

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]



  1. PhilLacksIntegrity

    Jun 1, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Quit calling everything cancel culture, people need to realize that consequences exist for doing the wrong thing. Many on here follow a certain cult leader so they don’t think consequences should apply to him or themselves.

  2. Texas Husker

    Jun 1, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Every one else in the World will just continue to use Saudi Oil and not worry about it. Every country in the world has it own issues.

  3. KB

    Jun 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Has nothing to do with cancel culture. He signed a contract to be a spokesperson for RBC. RBC is hosting tournament and he is not showing up because of lucrative offer to play elsewhere. The question is one of honoring ones commitments. But this is golf and not like we care about honor in this game, so I can see why some would say it is just a cancel thing so as to retreat to ones tribe versus looking at the more relevant issue to business and this game.

    • I. Vote Shank

      Jun 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm

      I just don’t care. Got any explanation for that to share with the group?

  4. Bill Bamber

    Jun 1, 2022 at 11:08 am

    If RBC say’s “Good Bye” to Dustin Johnson. I would applaud; “BIG TIME!!”.

  5. GMatt

    Jun 1, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Cancel culture is alive and well in the world today LOL

    • Cansil Cultyer

      Jun 1, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Who do we cancel when there is nobody left to cancel?

    • Grant

      Jun 1, 2022 at 10:49 am

      You think boycott’s are something new? I urge you to study up on your history.

      • LaMont Washington III

        Jun 1, 2022 at 4:01 pm

        I urge you to mind your own business and study on this ****.

    • Grant

      Jun 3, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      It’s not “cancel culture”, it’s “consequence culture”. I’ve yet to see someone get “cancelled” for being a decent person.

  6. James

    Jun 1, 2022 at 9:57 am

    DJ will take the Bonesaw Tour money and Canada’s money both. Thanks and have a nice day.

  7. Brian

    Jun 1, 2022 at 9:32 am

    I won’t patronize any of Dj’s sponsors.

    • BL

      Jun 1, 2022 at 11:10 am

      I imagine they are heartbroken!

      • JPp

        Jun 1, 2022 at 9:19 pm

        Ha!! All the haters are gonna stop buying petroleum.

      • Brian

        Jun 3, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        I’m sure Taylormade would love to sell me golf balls, hats, drivers, wedges, irons, and fairway woods.

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Bryson’s current situation with Cobra revealed as he uses TaylorMade driver at Saudi International



At this week’s Saudi International, Bryson DeChambeau surprised golf fans by putting TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus 2 driver in the bag. Bryson has been a long time staffer at Cobra Golf and it was a shock to see the 28-year-old with a driver from a different OEM to begin his season.


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Per Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports, a Cobra rep has confirmed that Bryson is simply out of contract with the brand, but that the two parties are currently in discussion about this year and the future.

In our forums, our members have been discussing the changeup from DeChambeau, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FifeRiviera: “Honestly Cobra woods are the single most underrated pieces of equipment on the market.”
  • Lacey Underall: “Just my guess – everyone on LIV will be an equipment free agent soon.”
  • KimmerBH: “Never been a fan of Bryson but I do miss seeing him play every week along with some others that went to LIV. He was definitely entertaining to watch, I’ll give him that.”

Entire Thread: “Bryson using Taylormade Stealth Plus 2 driver at Saudi International; Current situation with Cobra”

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‘Sums up my life in the golf industry’ – Paige Spiranac on polarizing Phil Mickelson tweet



After a long break from Twitter, Phil Mickelson was extremely active on Twitter yesterday. His resurgence resulted in the golf world reacting for most of the day.

Paige Spiranac used one of Phil’s tweets to “sum up” what it was like to be a female in the golf industry.

The tweet seemed to be a joke, and to be clear the tweet Phil shared wasn’t directed towards Spiranac, yet some Lefty detractors weighed in calling the tweet “misogynistic.”

The full context of the tweet is here:

We can be sure that as long as Mickelson is this active on Twitter, the app will be buzzing with golf personalities and their reactions.

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International



This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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