World number one Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament with a knee injury – a week before the US PGA Championship.
American Johnson, 36, who had knee surgery in 2019, said “the discomfort I occasionally experienced has returned.”
The two-time Major winner last played in the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, where he finished tied for 48th.
The US PGA, second major of the year, begins May 20 on the Ocean course in Kiawah Island.
“After consulting with my team and coaches, I think it’s best that I stay home and focus on my rehabilitation work,” Johnson said.
“I’m not happy with this situation because I was really looking forward to playing this week.”
Johnson won his most recent major in November last year at the Masters and also tied for second in the PGA of USA 2020.