DJ joins Tiger under the knife for knee surgery
The end of the season is proving something of a ‘knees up’ for at least two of our finest players.
Hot on the tail of the announcement that Tiger Woods was having an arthroscope on his left knee comes news that former world No 1 Dustin Johnson has gone under the surgeon’s knife as well.
Dustin Johnson (Credit: WGC)
Johnson’s left knee has been causing him some grief so he has headed for hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to repair cartilage damage to his left knee.
It’s only minor surgery though and Johnson expects to be back in the heat of competition before the end of the year.
Amazingly, it has been an ongoing issue with both champion golfers.
Woods has now had five ‘procedures’ on his left knee while Johnson had a similar problem with his right knee in 2011.
The latter part of the season was somewhat of a disappointment for 35-year-old Johnson.
He did win the WGC-Mexico Championship as well as finishing runner-up in the Masters and the PGA Championship.
Yet his form seemed to drop off after that and he finished the season with his longest stretch without a top-10 finish since he was a rookie in 2008.
And the golf world knew he was in trouble when he could only finish in a tie for last place in the 30-man field ay the season-ending Tour Championship.
Still Johnson has a record he can well and truly stand on, with or without a bung knee.
He is only the fifth player in the past 50 years to win 20 PGA Tour titles before turning 35.
And in the latest world rankings he was still sitting comfortably as the third best player in the world.
Johnson has already qualified for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December so the Internationals will no doubt be champing at the bit to put Johnson under as much pressure as he – and his knee – can bear.