Dustin Johnson will return to golf next month at the Farmers Insurance Open.
AP Photo/Scott Heppell
By Matt Newman
Friday, January 23, 2015

Dustin Johnson will return to the PGA Tour for the first time since taking a “leave of absence” last summer at the Farmers Insurance Open, set for Feb. 5-8 at Torrey Pines.

Tournament officials said Johnson will play in the tournament, which will be his first competitive round since the RBC Canadian Open last July. Johnson announced July 31 that he was taking a leave of absence from the game to "seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced."

Golf.com reported the next day that Johnson was serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour after testing positive for cocaine for the second time. His first round at Torrey Pines will come six months and five days after he announced his leave of absence.

Johnson’s announcement comes in the wake of a recent series of high-profile media appearances. He sat down for interviews with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel and ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Johnson and fiancé Paulina Gretzky welcomed the birth of baby boy Tatum earlier this week. Johnson has also reportedly kept his game in top form, shooting a club-record 61 at Sherwood Country Club outside of Los Angeles. 

Johnson is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour. He missed the PGA Championship, FedEx Cup playoffs, the Ryder Cup and his title defense in the HSBC Champions last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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