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DJ rulled out till Jan '12 with knee surgery

Dustin Johnson had surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to be out of competition until sometime in January.

Johnson had arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage and should be ready to compete again by mid-January.

He apologized to several fans on Twitter who asked if he would be playing events in December.

"Looking more and more like I'll be back on the horse in early January," Johnson, who last played in the Presidents Cup in Australia two weeks ago, responded to one of them.

Johnson was initially expected to defend his title at the Shark Shootout next week.

Johnson won The Barclays in August to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 1999 to win in each of his first four years on the PGA Tour straight out of college. He has exempt status through 2014 for his Barclays victory.

His agent, David Winkle at Hambric Sports, says Johnson has been feeling pain since July, when he was a runner-up to Darren Clarke in the British Open. Johnson is expected to be crutches for a week, then resume chipping and putting.

He should be at full speed by the end of December before returning to golf, although it was not clear if he would be able to play the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, which starts Jan. 6.

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