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Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf with immediate effect

On Thursday Dustin Johnson announced via a statement that he is taking a leave of absence from golf as he seeks help to overcome a series of “personal challenges.”

Johnson’s agent quelled any hope that fans of the American may have had of him taking part in one of the upcoming events, meaning he will miss the Aug. 7-10 PGA Championship in Louisville or the Sept. 26-28 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Dustin Johnson’s full statement reads: “I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced.

“By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.

“I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”

It didn’t take long for other golfers in the game to lend support to Johnson, although not everyone was satisfied with his explanation. Paul McGinley said of the 30-year-old in a statement to Sky Sports: "Things will be said that are not true.

"It's much better for everyone if there is clarity. If something has gone wrong and he has been misbehaving, let's put it out on the table and get it dealt with and move forward."

However, Tom Watson came out on the other side of the argument, saying in his own statement: "We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best.

"As one of the longest hitters in the game with an undefeated record of 3-0 at Medinah in 2012, he has clearly been an asset for the United States team."

The PGA Tour released a short statement also, which simply said: "We have nothing to add to Dustin's statement, but we wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA tour in the future."

Dustin Johnson’s main golf sponsor TaylorMade Golf lent their support to his cause and wished the player well until his return. The company said: “TaylorMade-adidas Golf supports Dustin Johnson’s decision to temporarily step away from the PGA Tour. We wish him well and look forward to his return.”

Everyone here at OnlineGolf would like to wish Dustin Johnson well and we look forward to seeing him again soon back where he belongs, having fun and entertaining the fans on the golf course.