Dustin Johnson taking indefinite leave for 'personal challenges'

Dustin Johnson taking indefinite leave for 'personal challenges'
July 31, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Dustin Johnson withdrew from this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Monday citing "personal reasons." (USATSI)

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Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he will be “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 the statement which was issued by his management company.

“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.”

Johnson withdrew from this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Monday citing “personal reasons,” and he seems likely to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, including next week’s PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The Tour released a statement following the announcement: “We have nothing to add to Dustin’s statement. But wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future.”

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