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Bridgestone Invitational: Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from PGA Tour

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 31, 2014

Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational Monday, is taking an immediate leave of absence from the PGA Tour, according to a statement released through his management company, Hambric Sports.

"I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in the statement, according to pgatour.com. “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."

Johnson, 30, ranked No. 16 in the world, will miss next week’s PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup in September, David Winkle, president of Hambric Sports Management, told the PGA of America. Johnson stands No. 4 on the FedExCup playoff list and fifth in U.S. Ryder Cup points. The top nine in the Ryder Cup standings after the PGA Championship qualify and if Johnson is still among those, the 10th man would make the team. Going into this week, Patrick Reed is No. 9.

"We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best,"  U.S. captain Tom Watson said on the PGA of America's web site. "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. That said, the United States is a team with an abundance of talent. I am looking forward to teeing it up alongside those players in the PGA Championship at Valhalla, and finding out along with everyone else, which players qualify for the team based on points."

Johnson has eight victories on the PGA Tour, including the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November.

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