JOHN­SON WITH­DRAWS

Fa­tigued World No 1 gives Hous­ton Open a miss

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WORLD No 1 Dustin John­son with­drew from the PGA Hous­ton Open on Mon­day, cit­ing fa­tigue af­ter win­ning seven matches last week to cap­ture his third con­sec­u­tive US PGA Tour vic­tory.

The 32-year-old Amer­i­can edged Spain’s Jon Rahm 1 up in Sun­day’s cham­pi­onship match of the World Golf Cham­pi­onship­sMatch Play at Austin, Texas.

John­son won seven matches over five days, in­clud­ing two each on Satur­day and Sun­day, to stretch a win streak that be­gan last month at Riviera, where he surged atop the world rank­ings, and in­cluded the WGC Mex­ico event three weeks ago.

With the Mas­ters, the year’s first ma­jor cham­pi­onship, com­ing next week at Au­gusta Na­tional, John­son se­lected rest over the ben­e­fits of play­ing the week be­fore the show­down for the green jacket.

“Af­ter a great deal of thought and con­sul­ta­tion with my team, I have de­cided to with­draw from this week’s Hous­ton Open,” John­son said.

“Hav­ing played seven rounds of com­pet­i­tive golf in the last five days, I feel it is best to give my mind and body a much-needed rest head­ing into Mas­ters week.

“I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to my many friends and fans in Hous­ton... and I look for­ward to re­turn­ing in the com­ing years.”

John­son has played five times in Hous­ton, fin­ish­ing third last year ahead of shar­ing fourth at the 2016 Mas­ters.

John­son won his first ma­jor ti­tle last June at Oak­mont and is the only golfer to win ev­ery WGC ti­tle. The Mas­ters will be his first ma­jor tour­na­ment as the world num­ber one. AFP

Af­ter a great deal of thought and con­sul­ta­tion with my team, I have de­cided to with­draw from this week’s Hous­ton Open.

DUSTIN JOHN­SON

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Dustin John­son feels it is best to give his mind and body a much-needed rest head­ing into Mas­ters week.

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