Golf: Dustin Johnson withdraws from Houston Open

WASHINGTON (AFP) – World number one Dustin Johnson withdrew from the PGA Houston Open on Monday, citing fatigue after winning seven matches last week to capture his third consecutive US PGA Tour victory.

The 32-year-old American edged Spain s Jon Rahm 1 up in Sunday s championship match of the World Golf Championships-Match Play at Austin, Texas.

Johnson won seven matches over five days, including two each on Saturday and Sunday, to stretch a win streak that began last month at Riviera, where he surged atop the world rankings, and included the WGC Mexico event three weeks ago.

With the Masters, the year s first major championship, coming next week at Augusta National, Johnson selected rest over the benefits of playing the week before the showdown for the green jacket.

“After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team, I have decided to withdraw from this week s Houston Open,” Johnson said.

“Having played seven rounds of competitive golf in the last five days, I feel it is best to give my mind and body a much-needed rest heading into Masters week.

“I sincerely apologize to my many friends and fans in Houston… and I look forward to returning in the coming years.”

Johnson has played five times in Houston, finishing third last year ahead of sharing fourth at the 2016 Masters.

Johnson won his first major title last June at Oakmont and is the only golfer to win every WGC title. The Masters will be his first major tournament as the world number one.