GOLF DIGEST – While Dustin Johnson never trailed over 112 holes in seven matches, the WGC-Match Play can take a mental and physical toll on players. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, has pulled out of the Shell Houston Open.
Johnson hinted at possibly withdrawing on Sunday night, saying his status for the tournament was up in the air. “I don’t know,” Johnson said, regarding his participation in Houston. “Ask me that in the morning when I wake up.”
Johnson, who has won the last three tournaments he’s entered, will instead opt for rest before the Masters. Following Sunday’s win in Austin, the 32-year-old is the green jacket favorite at 5-to-1 odds.
I think Dustin withdrawing is MORE than fair. This dude’s just been GRINDING out there, winning everything he looks at out there. Pretty hard to argue with DJ being a favorite at Augusta next week. Should he pull that win off, we’re talking a run like a certain Large Cat used to make.