Dustin Johnson, who currently holds the number one position in the World Golf Rankings, has retired from the This week's PGA Tour event, the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, citing the diagnosis.
"Obviously, I'm very disappointed," said Johnson, who has won 23 PGA Tour wins for his career. “I was really looking forward to competing this week but will do everything I can to return as soon as possible.”
According to the PGA Tour, 36-year-old Johnson had symptoms late Sunday night and had not improved on Tuesday. He then did a coronavirus test that came back positive.
He will be replaced on the 78-player Las Vegas field by first alternate JT Poston.
"I've already had a few phone calls with the tour's medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they've given me," & # 39; added Johnson
In March, the PGA Tour was shut down for 13 weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but at least 15 players, including Johnson, have been tested positive since its return in June. on their journey and tested again on the spot.
Johnson & # 39; s last event was 6th place at the US Open in September, and since his symptoms started Sunday he would already be in next week's Zozo Championship again. Normally held in Japan, the 2020 Zozo Championship has moved to Lake Sherwood, California as a result of the global pandemic.
For his career, Johnson has one major championship victory. won a 2016 US Open win at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In September, Johnson captured the season-long FedEx Cup Championship from the PGA Tour and its $ 15 million bonus. He was also named PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time in his career.