He said he had some personal matters that came up at home in South Carolina, and although he declined to be more specific, said it had to do with his family.
He plans to play next at Torrey Pines in two weeks.
’ No one has talked to me.” It’s not the way Johnson, whose worldwide earnings of more than .54 million were the most of any American last year, had hoped to start the season.
Most of the talk has always been about his golf, from his four wins in three years on tour to his two-stroke penalty in a bunker on the final hole that cost him a spot in a playoff at the PGA Championship.
Johnson spoke out Saturday because he was tired of hearing gossip and innuendo that he withdrew from the Sony Open because his girlfriend found out about a relationship with Gulbis.Natalie Gulbis is apparently a fan of more than Dustin Johnson's powerful golf swing.The LPGA player was in Johnson's gallery on the back nine Saturday at Kapalua, and confirmed to she and the rising PGA Tour star are dating."I'll let Dustin handle our PR," Gulbis said with a laugh after confirming their relationship. According to the website, the two began dating after competing in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge together in November.Update: Whether it's related to his new relationship or not, Johnson has withdrawn from this week's Sony Open.Dustin Johnson isn’t dating Natalie Gulbis or anyone, for that matter, according to the AP.Both are students of Butch Harmon, and it seems they started something when they played together in the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge, and yes, they both are high-profile members of the Taylor Made staff."I'll let Dustin handle our PR," chirped the shapely Gulbis when asked about her new beau. Obviously, Johnson needs some help; how about:"Oh yeah, Natalie and I are having a blast out here.