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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson commits to Valspar Championship

Johnson last played at Innisbrook in 2010. He has already won on Tour this season at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson tees off on the 16th hole during a practice round for the 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie golf club, Scotland, Monday July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson tees off on the 16th hole during a practice round for the 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie golf club, Scotland, Monday July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Published Mar. 13, 2019

PONTE VEDRA — The Valspar Championship is still waiting for a commitment from Tiger Woods, but the tournament got the next best thing Wednesday afternoon. Dustin Johnson, ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings, committed to the tournament.

Johnson has a narrow point advantage over Justin Rose in the rankins. If he stays in the top spot after this week’s Players Championship, he would be the first No. 1-ranked player to be in the tournament since Jordan Spieth in 2016. And he would be only the fourth No. 1 to ever play the tournament, joining Vijay Singh in 2004 and Martin Kaymer in 2011.

This will be Johnson’s first appearance at Innisbrook since 2010. He also played in the 2008 tournament. He has missed the cut both times.

Johnson, 34, has won 20 times on the PGA Tour. He is the 2016 U.S. Open champion.

Since winning in Mexico, Johnson had two weeks off prior to playing in the Players Championship.

“Had a really nice couple of weeks off,’’ Johnson said prior to playing this week. “The game’s been in good form. Hopefully I can continue that good form for the next few months. I feel very confident right now with the golf game.”