He was out. Then in. And now out again.
Reigning Masters champion, and world No. 1, Dustin Johnson has officially withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open, the final tune-up before next week’s Masters.
“After much careful thought over the weekend, I have decided to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open,” Johnson said in a released statement.
“I now plan to spend the week at home in preparation for next week’s Masters. I sincerely apologize to the sponsors at Valero and all my friends in San Antonio, as I realize this is disappointing news. Nonetheless, I have no doubt it will be another great week for the Valero Texas Open.”
Johnson, who was not originally in the field, made a last-minute commitment to the tournament after getting knocked out in the Group Stage at last week’s WGC-Dell Match Play Championship. It was his third straight finish poor finish.
Johnson started the 2020-21 season on fire with a top 10 at the U.S. Open, followed by a runner-up in Houston, and then his second major at Augusta National, where he set a scoring record of 20-under 268.
He brought that strong form into the 2021 calendar year with a T11 at Kapalua and T8 at Riviera, and in between won the European Tour’s Saudi International. But since, he’s posted results of T54 (WGC-Workday), T49 (THE PLAYERS), and T28 (WGC-Match Play).