Dustin Johnson targets Memorial for return


Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour at the Memorial Tournament, May 31-June 3. Johnson has been sidelined since late March due to back pain and subsequent injury.

“Obviously, I can’t wait to get back out and compete,” said Johnson in a news release.  “I came into this year with some big goals, including making our Ryder Cup team, so I’ve got some serious ground to make up this summer.”

Johnson has been plagued by ongoing back pain since his return to competition in January following arthroscopic knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage. In his first week back, he withdrew from the Humana Challenge following the second round, citing back pain. In subsequent weeks, the pain became more frequent and escalated, prompting him to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational in hopes of being pain-free for the Masters. Johnson then reinjured his back late Friday prior to the Masters lifting a jet ski near his home.

“I’m feeling better every day and working hard, so I plan to be 100 percent ready by the time the Memorial rolls around,” Johnson said. “I’m still a little rusty, but it’s falling off in chunks.”