On top of that, he took to Twitter to inform fans that his mother was hospitalized with the virus.
“I’ve been talking to my mom all day today and she’s feeling better and she’s (in) really good spirits. I told her she basically has the entire world praying for her and she told me to tell you guys to keep praying and thanks for all the support.”
Although he reports feeling well, Johnson expressed that he felt “disappointed” that his debut will have to wait, but is remaining positive nonetheless.
“It’s times like these where you have to keep focusing on the bigger picture at hand, and from my experience, a fork in the road often has an interesting way of leading to new opportunities. Getting a brief glimpse of the Farmers Insurance Open and what it would be like to play on the PGA Tour only further ignites the fire inside me to work that much harder to chase the dream of playing on Tour full-time.
“I am so thankful to Farmers Insurance and the entire team at the Century Club of San Diego for not only providing me with this opportunity, but also for all they’re doing to promote diversity in golf and beyond.”
Johnson’s rise into golf has drawn much attention given his humble beginnings.
An eighth-grade dropout, his future was forged by the foundation of golf. Having initially been shown the game with just a stick in his grandmother’s garden, Johnson — who never knew his father — found a home at a golf club where the assistant professional gave him work in exchange for one-dollar rounds.
He carded five straight top-10s on the APGA Tour, finishing with victory over former PGA Tour pros Tim O’Neal and Brad Adamonis at the APGA Tour Championship in September.
The invite to make his PGA Tour debut followed shortly, with Johnson saying at the time that for real change to be made, players have to take advantage of these moments.
He continued: “We have to put ourselves in position to take advantage of those opportunities. Make it to the weekend and show we can play out there just like those guys.”
“This isn’t the end of my story,” he said.