Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges”. The move ends his season and will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in a statement.
Madison’s Jerry Kelly will take Johnson’s spot in next week’s PGA Championship. Kelly was in the first alternate position and was the first to join the PGA field when Johnson pulled out.
The PGA Tour stop this week is in Akron, Ohio for the Bridgestone Invitational. Marc Leishman of Australia fired an opening round 6-under par 64 to take a 1-shot lead into today’s second round.
Tiger Woods had a good day. He bounced back from three bogeys with three birdies and opened with a 2-under 68. It leaves him four shots back.
Madison’s Steve Stricker struggled with a 4-over par 74 on opening day and finds himself 10-shots off the lead.