World number one Dustin Johnson will make his first appearance of the 2017/18 PGA Tour season this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions event at Sheshan Golf Club.
Johnson was in fantastic form at the start of the year, winning the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and his form rightly had him seen installed as the favourite for the Masters in April.
However, the American was forced to withdraw on the eve of the major after falling down some stairs and the back injury sustained slightly stunted his progress for the next month or so.
After recovering from injury, the 33-year-old has proven why he sits top of the world rankings as he clinched victory at the Northern Trust – his fourth title of 2017.
Johnson has not been seen since the season-ending Tour Championship – where he ended up tied-17th – but he will be teeing it up in Shanghai this week as he aims for a sixth WGC trophy.
Japan’s number one has spoken of his desire to become the first person from his country to win a major and he hopes a strong start to the new season will set him up.