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Dustin Johnson withdraws from AT&T Byron Nelson

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After withdrawing from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson with ‘knee discomfort,’ Dustin Johnson faces uncertainty ahead of next week’s PGA Championship.

Top-ranked golfer cites ‘knee discomfort’ in pulling out of PGA Tour event in Texas, casting doubt on his status for PGA Championship

Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked golfer, has withdrawn from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, citing “knee discomfort,” according to a statement released Monday afternoon by the PGA Tour.

The statement did not clarify which knee, but Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee in 2019.

“Unfortunately, the knee discomfort I occasionally experience has returned and after consultation with my team and trainers, I feel it is best that I remain at home and focus on my rehabilitation work,” he said in the statement.

His status for next week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course was not disclosed. Johnson was listed as a 14-1 choice to win, behind favorite Rory McIlroy (10-1) and No. 2 choice Justin Thomas (12-1), according to Golfodds.com.

The AT&T Byron Nelson begins Thursday at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Johnson, 36, has won 24 times on the PGA Tour, including two major championships. He finished runner-up in the past two PGA Championships. Since winning the European Tour’s Saudi International in February, Johnson has played inconsistently on the PGA Tour. His best finish in 2021, a tie for eighth at the Genesis Invitational, came nearly three months ago. In the interim, he has made six starts, with only one top-25 result, a T-13 in Hilton Head. He missed the cut at the Masters, which he won in the fall of 2020.

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