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Dustin Johnson has undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage to his right knee.

Dustin Johnson has undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage to his right knee.

Johnson, according to his agent David Winkle, is expected to be on crutches for between 5 and 7 days and should be able to start chipping and putting again by next week.

The big-hitting, five-time PGA Tour winner should then be able to get back into his normal practice routine and to start playing practice rounds again in late December to get him ready for the January start-up of the 2012 PGA Tour.

In the meantime, he’ll only miss this week’s Chevron World Challenge in California to which, as the USA’s highest World ranked golfer, he would almost certainly have been invited.

“All is well – no worries! Feeling’ good – or is that the meds!? Appreciate all the support but it’s all pretty minor stuff.” Johnson has advised his supporters on Twitter.

Johnson, who played an important role in the USA’s 19-15 victory in the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, “has been bothered by the injury since July,” Dr. George Caldwell, who performed the procedure, said on Tuesday..

“His prognosis is excellent and we expect a quick and speedy recovery,” the doctor added.

Winkle, who was with Johnson at his home in Jupiter, Florida, said that Johnson was “alert, comfortable and relieved to have the procedure behind him.”

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