Dustin Johnson Withdraws From Valero Texas Open

Dustin Johnson BMW Championship
Dustin Johnson and his caddie/brother, Austin, at the 17th green during the third round of the BMW Championship on the North Course at Olympia Fields CC on Aug 29, 2020 in Olympia Fields, IL. Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

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Reigning Masters champion, and world No. 1, Dustin Johnson has officially withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open, the final tune-up before next week’s Masters.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).

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