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Dustin Johnson withdraws from Byron Nelson due to knee issue

Dustin Johnson withdraws from Byron Nelson due to knee issue
World No 1’s knee discomfort has returned ahead of the PGA Championship warm-up event

Dustin Johnson has pulled out of from the final warm-up event before next week’s PGA Championship with a knee issue, the world No 1 said on Monday.

Johnson, whose Masters title defence ended in a missed cut last month, said his decision to withdraw from the 13-16 May AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas came after the knee discomfort he occasionally experiences returned.

“After consultation with my team and trainers, I feel it is best that I remain at home and focus on my rehabilitation work,” Johnson said in a statement.

“I am not pleased about this situation, as I was really looking forward to playing this week.”

Johnson has competed twice on the PGA Tour since his unsuccessful Masters title defence, earning a share of 13th place at the following week’s RBC Heritage followed by a tie for 48th at the Valspar Championship.

The PGA Championship, which is the year’s second major, is 20-23 May in Johnson’s native South Carolina at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course.

Reuters