Dustin Johnson withdraws from Hero World Challenge to prepare for President's Cup

JUPITER, Fla. -- Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Hero World Challenge next week in the Bahamas so he can be better prepared for the Presidents Cup.

Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 5 to repair cartilage damage. He has not played since Aug. 25 at the Tour Championship.

Johnson said his recovery from the routine surgery is complete and that another week of therapy and practice was needed to be ready for the Presidents Cup, which is Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Johnson said he has informed Tiger Woods, the tournament host next week and the playing captain in Australia, and that Woods supports his decision.

Chez Reavie was the next available player to replace Johnson in the 18-man field.