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    • PGA TOUR says Dustin Johnson not suspended

    • Dustin Johnson announced Thursday that he would be taking a voluntary leave of absence from the PGA TOUR. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Dustin Johnson announced Thursday that he would be taking a voluntary leave of absence from the PGA TOUR. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The PGA TOUR issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding Dustin Johnson.

    "With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been been suspended by the PGA TOUR, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA TOUR," the statement read. The TOUR issued the statement in response to media reports that characterized Johnson's absence from the TOUR as a suspension.

    On Thursday, Johnson issued a statement announcing his intentions to take a break from competing on the PGA TOUR.

    "I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," Johnson said in his statement. "By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.

    "I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement."

    The PGA TOUR, in a statement Thursday said, "We have nothing to add to Dustin's statement, but we wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA TOUR in the future."

    David Winkle, president of Hambric Sports Management, which represents Johnson, told the PGA of America that Johnson will not participate in next week's PGA Championship nor take part in the Ryder Cup in late September in Scotland.

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