Citing an injured knee, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the AT&T Byron Nelson.
“It is with deepest regret that I must withdraw from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson,” said Johnson in a released statement by the PGA Tour.
“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. I have several friends in the Dallas area – many of whom I have met through their involvement with the tournament, so I hate to let them down.
“I apologize to all of them and especially the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and our sponsors at AT&T. You have my word I will be back in the future and in the meantime, I wish you best of luck for a great week at the TPC Craig Ranch.
“I am truly sorry I won’t be there with you.”
According to the PGA Tour, Greg Chalmers is the first replacement and is expected to join the field.
The WD is the second for Johnson in a matter of weeks. He withdrew at the last minute from the Valero Texas Open.