Johnson withdraws from Shell Houston Open
March 27, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- March 27, 2017
- Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Shell Houston Open on Monday coming off his third win in three starts. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Shell Houston Open on Monday, citing fatigue after winning a third consecutive PGA TOUR event.
Johnson beat Jon Rahm, 1 up, on Sunday to win the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. It was Johnson’s seventh match in five days, including two matches apiece on Saturday and Sunday.
Johnson has a 150-point lead over Hideki Matsuyama in the FedExCup standings after victories at the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson released the following statement Monday:
“After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team, I have decided to withdraw from this week's Shell Houston Open. 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 apologize to my many friends and fans in Houston, and especially everyone at Shell. The Shell Houston Open is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR and I look forward to returning in the coming years."
Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player, has played in the Shell Houston Open five times, including a third-place finish last year.
He won his first major championship at last year’s U.S. Open and has steadily improved his performance at the Masters. He didn’t register a top-10 in his first five appearances at Augusta National, but finished sixth in 2015 and fourth last year, four shots behind winner Danny Willett.