Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dustin Johnson too tired to play in Houston Open

FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open, citing fatigue after winning a third consecutive US PGA Tour event.
Johnson beat Jon Rahm by one hole on Sunday to win the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. It was Johnson’s seventh match in five days, including two matches apiece on Saturday and Sunday. 
Johnson has a 150pt lead over Hideki Matsuyama in the FedExCup standings after victories at the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson released the following statement:
“After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team, I have decided to withdraw from this week's Shell Houston Open. Having played seven rounds of competitive golf in the last five days, I feel it is best to give my mind and body a much-needed rest heading into Masters week.
"I sincerely apologise to my many friends and fans in Houston, and especially everyone at Shell. The Shell Houston Open is one of the premier events on the US PGA Tour and I look forward to returning in the coming years."
Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player, has played in the Shell Houston Open five times, including a third-place finish last year.

Pieters, Hatton, Fleetwood accept special temporary membership for US PGA Tour 2017 season

Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood have accepted Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the 2016-17 US PGA Tour Season. All three completed at last week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.
Pieters hails from Belgium while Hatton and Fleetwood are both natives of England.



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