Golfing World News - August 1

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One story dominates the headlines today as Dustin Johnson revealed he is taking a leave of absence to seek help for “personal challenges”. The thirty year old said his leave of absence was effective immediately and did not indicate how long he would be out. This means of course he’ll be missing the PGA Championship next week as well as the Ryder Cup in September.

Tiger Woods: "I tell you what, his power, anytime you always want guys with that kind of power to play on any team and I've been his partner in the Presidents Cup in Australia and the firepower that he has, it's pretty cool to be around. Not too often you see a guy carry the ball 320 (yards) without even trying. Then when he steps on it, he can hit it even farther so, when he gets it going it's awfully impressive."

Justin Rose: "Sure, I just, I found out five minutes ago and obviously just read his statement and it's obviously a big blow for the Tour. He's always been a charismatic player and popular player out here and I believe he's not going to play Ryder Cup and that will be a blow for obviously the American team. And, yeah, I just wish him well, really, whatever he's facing right now.”

To matters on the course now and Australian Marc Leishman leads on six under par at the Bridgestone Invitational. England’s Justin Rose is tied for second on five under whist Welshman Jamie Donaldson is two under alongside Tiger Woods.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy lies five shots off the lead after three putting the third hole and carding a double bogey on the eighth. 

That’s all for today, join us on Monday when we’ll be rounding up all the weekend’s action. In the meantime you can follow us on twitter @golfingworldtv and we’re on facebook and Instagram also.

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