Dustin Johnson in action for first time since Masters in Players Championship

Dustin Johnson will be playing this week for the first time since the Masters.
Dustin Johnson will be playing this week for the first time since the Masters. AP

Coastal Carolina alumnus Dustin Johnson returns to action on the PGA Tour in this week’s Players Championship for the first time since he tied for fourth in the Masters Tournament more than four weeks ago.

Johnson was entered in this past week’s Wells Fargo Championship but withdrew last Monday and never made the trip to Charlotte from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Johnson doesn’t have a great track record around TPC Sawgrass. In seven appearances he has finished inside the top 55 just once, a tie for 34th in 2010.

He is in a powerhouse pairing with Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson going off the first tee Thursday at 1:58 p.m.

With his son, Tatum, nearly 16 months old, Johnson says his practice and workout schedules have been altered. Tatum usually wakes at about 8 to 8:30 a.m.

“Sometimes it’s hard to leave him. It just depends,” Johnson said. “When I’m out during the week of a tournament I’ve got to go to work so it’s not a big deal, but when I’m at home like on an off week, yeah, it’s definitely harder to go to the golf course. If I am going, I try to get up and go before he wakes up so I won’t see him. Once I see him, I’ll stay.”

Johnson held a rambunctious Tatum in his right arm when he spoke to the media following the final round of the Masters. “Maybe it motivates me to go practice, now that I’ve got a little man to take care of,” he said.

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