Sign up for our daily newsletter

Latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion, plus unmissable deals for bunkered subscriptions, events, and our commercial partners.

Dustin Johnson faces a race against time to be fit for next week’s US PGA Championship.

The world No.1 has withdrawn from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas with a knee injury, casting a huge question mark over his participation in the second men’s major of the season.

In a statement, 36-year-old Johnson said: “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.

• Rory relieved to return to winning ways

• Study: New data reveals UK golf boom

“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 am truly sorry I won’t be there with you.”

The two-time major champion underwent surgery in 2019 to repair cartilage damage in his left knee, a procedure which sidelined him for several months.

The 24-time tour winner hasn’t played since the Valspar Championship earlier this month, where he finished in a tie for 48th.

Johnson will be particularly keen to feature in the US PGA, with the tournament taking place over Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in his home state of South Carolina. 

• Scottish golf club targeted by arsonists

• Thomas not interested in Player Impact Program

He has finished runner-up in each of the last two editions of the championship and has missed only three majors dating back to the start of the 2009 season: the 2012 Masters, the 2014 US PGA, and the 2017 Masters. 

The 2021 US PGA gets underway on Thursday, May 20.

author headshot

Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

Deputy Editor

More Reads

Image Turnberry green

The bunkered Golf Course Guide - Scotland

Now, with bunkered, you can discover the golf courses Scotland has to offer. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

Find Courses