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Friday, September 6, 2019

Now DJ Visits the Doctor

Last week it was Tiger, this week it's Dustin Johnson. And yes, it's the left knee.

Dustin Johnson quoted this statement from DJ's management team that was sent out Thursday morning:
“Earlier today, Dustin Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. He is now resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery before returning to competition later this fall.
The procedure is considered routine and similar in nature to his prior right knee surgery in December of 2011. Both were performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. George Caldwell.”
"Later this fall" almost certainly means the Presidents Cup at the latest.

Artheroscopic surgery is no big thing these days; sometimes I think players approach it the same way they approach routine blood tests and cardiograms. But if a player needs to have a knee 'cleaned out' and doesn't do it, it can certainly affect their performance.

So now it will be interesting to see if DJ's play improves. We're used to him being so consistent but we haven't seen that from him lately. Perhaps this is the reason.

At least it will give him and Tiger something to commiserate about over the next few months.

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