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Dustin Johnson withdraws from Byron Nelson with knee discomfort

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Dustin Johnson tees off on the 6th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson event this week due to a knee issue.

The surprise move came one week out from the PGA Championship, the second major of 2021.

“It is with deepest regret that I must withdraw from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson,” Johnson said in a statement. “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. I am not pleased about this situation, as I was really looking forward to playing this week.”

Johnson, 36, has 24 PGA Tour titles and two major victories, most recently the 2020 Masters in November. He most recently competed two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, finishing tied for 48th.

The PGA Championship is held at the Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in South Carolina, Johnson’s home state.

Greg Chalmers replaced Johnson in the Byron Nelson field. Notables in the field at TPC Craig Ranch outside Dallas are Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia and Jason Day, who will take the opportunity to tune up for the PGA Championship. The tourney runs May 13-16.

–Field Level Media