Dustin Johnson to take a break from golf to 'get help for personal challenges' 7 years ago

Dustin Johnson to take a break from golf to 'get help for personal challenges'

We hope to see the golfer back playing soon, but it seems he may now miss September's Ryder Cup.

Dustin Johnson, the American golfer who played the third round of the British open with Rory McIlroy, has announced tonight he is taking a break from the game.

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A statement from Johnson’s management company reads as follows: “I am 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.

“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 fulfil my potential and become a consistent champion.

“I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”

The length of Johnson's absence from the PGA is unclear, but it seems likely now that he will miss the upcoming Ryder Cup. Johnson sits in fifth in the US rankings,with the top nine getting in the team. If he fails to fall out of the top nine, the tenth player will get in.

The 30-year-old has 10 career wins on Tour and has managed to finish in the top five at the British Open, US Open and USPGA in recent years.

Whatever issues Johnson is facing, we hope he overcomes them and returns to the fairways soon.