Golf-Johnson commits to U.S. Open warm-up at Congaree


FILE PHOTO: The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 9, 2021 Dustin Johnson of the U.S. plays out from the bunker onto the 10th green during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson has committed to play in the Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club in his home state of South Carolina a week before the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

The June 10-13 Palmetto Championship replaced the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour's schedule after that event was cancelled due to logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson, who took the week off before his unsuccessful Masters title defence in April when he missed the cut, said he looked forward to the chance to compete in his home state.

"I have heard nothing but great reviews about the golf course at Congaree and have no doubt it will provide a stiff challenge for all of us on the PGA Tour," Johnson, who won the 2016 U.S. Open, said in a statement.

In 11 starts during the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, Johnson has four top-10 finishes, including his record-setting victory at the 2020 Masters in November.

The U.S. Open is June 17-20 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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