Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Irmo native Dustin Johnson announced today he is his leave from professional golf to seek unspecified professional help.
While an official reason has not been give, Johnson's management company released this statement today saying "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."
Earlier this week, Dustin withdrew from the PGA Tour's Bridgestone Invitational.
While the statement he released through his management company offered no details, Johnson would not be at the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla Golf Club and could miss the Ryder Cup.
Johnson says by committing time and resources to improve his life he will be better equipped to fulfill his potential.
The 30-year-old Johnson is No. 4 in the FedEx Cup. He is fifth in the Ryder Cup standings and would appear to have locked up one of the nine spots. If he doesn't play, that means the player at No. 10 would earn a place on the U.S. team.
Contributing; The Associated Press