LIV Golf's Dustin Johnson has been forced to withdraw from this week's PIF Saudi International on the Asian Tour after "tweaking his back", according to reports.
Johnson, 38, is a two-time winner of the Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
Dustin Johnson has WDed ahead of the first round of the Saudi International after ‘tweaking his back’— Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) February 2, 2023
DJ has endured a history of back injuries, most notably when having to WD from The Masters in 2017 when taking a tumble down a flight of stairs.
His wife Paulina Gretzky recently spoke about that unfortunate moment.
The former World No.1, who is now ranked outside the top 40 in the world, has not played in a competitive tournament since captaining his 4 Aces Team to victory in LIV Golf's season-ending Team Championship in Miami in October.
DJ has certainly been partying hard during the off-season though, especially with Paulina, who recently showed off their custom-built bar in a mini cocktail dress.
Paulina also showed off some unseen snaps from their recent wedding.
DJ did say he "regretted" his decsion", though.
As a result, this week's tournament in Saudi Arabia sees just about every LIV Golf player competing in the field including Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and a slimmer, rejuvenated Phil Mickelson.
LIV Golf's Harold Varner III is the defending champion.
Mexico's Abraham Ancer raced out the blocks on day one to take an early lead with a 7-under 63, while Garcia shot a round of 65.
Sebastian Munoz, who is the latest signing for LIV Golf from the PGA Tour, also raced out the gates with a 64.
The new LIV Golf League for 2023 will start in two weeks in Mexico.
Johnson will once again captain the 4 Aces, but he has reshuffled his pack heading into the new season.
Here's a look at the full 2023 LIV Golf League schedule, with seven different countries represented across 14 tournaments.