By petedirenzo
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dustin Johnson hasn't played a Tour event since mid-March, and he surprised everyone when he withdrew from the Masters with what Johnson said was a back injury sustained while lifting a jet ski. Speculation on DJ's situation has run rampant in the interim, with a variety of conspiracy theorists suggesting he eloped, or more commonly, that he was serving a drug-related suspension. However, according to his agent, David Winkle, Johnson is legitimately injured and getting ready to resume play, according to Steve Elling at CBS Sports.

“Dustin is not serving a drug suspension,” Winkle said evenly. “I will make it clear -- he has been injured. He is playing golf again, he is very rusty but champing at the bit to get back out there.”
Players grabs big attendance and ratings attendance went up big
"A lot of things went right for us to have the week we did," Players executive director Matt Rapp said. "The temperatures were moderate, and we didn’t have the rain delay we had last year [on Saturday]. The hospitality areas we created or upgraded were huge hits. Military Appreciation Day was very popular once again [around 20,000 people were on the course Wednesday]. And we had a very popular guy with strong local ties in contention every day and eventually winning the tournament, and that always helps local interest."
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Kaymer, Rose, Schwartzel and McDowell are top seeds in Euro Tour Match Play eventThe Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin near Marbella has some big names raring to take each other on this week including Sergio Garcia battling Alvaro Quiros, and Justin Rose taking on Robert Rock. The top ranked player in the event, Martin Kaymer, will play Rafael Cabrera-Bello in the first round. The unusual event features eight groups consisting of three players each. After a round robin the two top players in each group go on to a knock out round. Here's more salient info on the tournament: 
The top 16 seeds are as follows (in group order):
(1) Martin Kaymer and (16) Rafael Cabrera Bello
(2) Justin Rose and (15) Robert Rock
(3) Charl Schwartzel and (14) Nicolas Colsaerts
(4) Graeme McDowell and (13) Robert Karlsson
(5) Sergio Garcia and (12) Alvaro Quiros
(6) Peter Hanson and (11) Paul Lawrie
(7) Brandt Snedeker and (10) Thomas Bjorn
(8) Ian Poulter and (9) John Senden
The remaining eight players (with world ranking positions in brackets) are: (65) Branden Grace, (66) Retief Goosen, (70) Darren Clarke, (119) Jbe Kruger, (126) Camilo Villegas, (133) Tetsuji Hiratsuka, (175) Tom Lewis, (218) Richard Finch.
The top 16 seeds are the only ones involved on Thursday and holder Poulter will start the action off against Senden at 12.05pm local time (1105 BST). The other eight players then have two games on Friday to decide the last 16. Tweet of the Day

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