News & ToursJune 11, 2015

If DJ's withdrawal from Memphis had anything to do with getting right for Chambers Bay, we're good with that

So much for Dustin Johnson getting in one last tune up before the U.S. Open. After admirable performances in his last two starts, the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Memorial, D.J. teed it up at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Thursday, only to make his stay brief at TPC Southwind.

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Starting on the back nine, Johnson bogeyed his first three holes before settling down and making the turn at three over. Though still with plenty of holes to salvage a good round, Johnson instead told officials he was withdrawing from the tournament, citing an "illness."

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The quick departure was surprising given Johnson's past success in Memphis. He was the winner there in 2012 and at No. 7 on the World Ranking, he was the highest ranked player in the field. Then again, struggling on a course that normally yields low numbers might not be the best way to get in the right frame of mind for what lies ahead at Chambers Bay. Internet conspiracy theorists quickly wondered if this might be the true cause of the "illness."

So long as Johnson "recovers" by next week, he should be considered one of the early U.S. Open favorites. Since returning in February from his leave of absence at the end of 2014, Johnson has had six top-10 finishes, including a victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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