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April 22, 2013

Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson bow out of Seoul event due to 'perceived unrest'

Posted at 11:52 AM by Cameron Morfit | Categories: Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson

Dustin-JohnsonDustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have withdrawn from the European tour's Ballantine's Championship due to "perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula," according to a statement from the sponsor:

Ballantine’s is disappointed to announce that Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have informed us they will no longer be attending the Ballantine’s Championship. They have reached this decision following perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula and can no longer assure their commitment to this year’s event.

Ballantine’s and event organisers, The European Tour, would like to reiterate that the tournament is going ahead as planned with a full field of European, Asian and Korean PGA Tour members. Ballantine’s has been kept fully up to date on relevant issues and The European Tour has also been liaising with key decision makers, including the Foreign Office, who have not warned of any increased risk to those travelling to or within the country.

Paul Casey, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen and Y.E. Yang are among those who are still scheduled to play in this week's Euro tour event in Seoul.

There has been political tension in the region since the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea for its third nuclear test in February. The country is said to be planning a fourth test, and according to a South Korean news agency report has moved short-range missile launchers into position for a test launch.

(Photo: Dustin Johnson at the 2013 Masters. Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)



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