DJ withdraws from St Jude

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Dustin Johnson’s run at the St Jude Classic lasted just nine holes before the American withdrew due to illness.

The world number seven bogeyed his opening three holes at TPC Southwind on Thursday before righting the ship with six pars. However, on reaching the turn, Johnson called time on his tournament.

Johnson’s playing partner, Ben Crane, revealed that the 30-year-old had appeared to be struggling for some time prior to his withdrawal.

“Something was wrong, you know, starting the fourth hole. I saw him talking to the official,” Crane said.

“Clearly, he wasn’t feeling good. He was very cordial and came over on nine, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to make it the rest of the week. Good luck, keep playing well.'”

Johnson has enjoyed a successful return to action after a six-month break from the game, winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship and recording four top-10 finishes in his last eight starts.

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