Johnson to make PGA Tour return at Wells Fargo in May

Johnson, who was born in Columbia, South Carolina and attended Coastal Carolina University in nearby Conway, will be returning to the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time since 2011.

Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer who missed the Masters because of a back injury, will return to action at the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C., May 4-7. He showed up Thursday morning to give it a try, but Johnson wound up withdrawing before teeing a ball on the first hole.

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. talks to members of the media after he pulled out of the tournament due to injury during first round play at the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 6, 2017.

Johnson's longtime agent, David Winkle, had previously told Golfweek on Masters Sunday that Johnson was home and recovering.

Johnson, whose fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, is pregnant with the couple's second child, said then he had planned to take three weeks off following the Masters.

Johnson's best finish in the tournament was a tie for 29 in 2010.

He warmed up at Augusta prior to the opening round, but decided he could not play.

Johnson officially committed Thursday to the Wells Fargo Championship, the tournament announced.

The tournament, which Rory McIlroy has won twice, often attracts a very strong field and Johnson joins the likes of Adam Scott, Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson in committing to this year's renewal.

  • Eleanor Harrison