The Saudi-backed LIV Tour created a schism in the world of professional golf. A civil war began as a clutch of famous names joined the new model. One of their biggest early signings was Johnson, a former world number one, and a two-time Major winner. This was a massive blow to the traditional PGA Tour because it gave LIV credibility.
Johnson sold his soul to the highest bidder because LIV paid more money for fewer rounds of golf. Critics like Rory McIlroy said that it was blood money and refused to sign exclusively with LIV. Johnson made about $35 million in one year with LIV. For context, his previous total career earnings were $75 million (via Golf Monthly).