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Zach and DJ pull out of Korea due to unrest

North Korea's aggressive rhetoric has claimed another victim with the news that American stars Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have withdrawn from the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea because of fears of political unrest in the region.

The Ballantine's Championship is the only European Tour-sanctioned event in South Korea and is an event that is extremely popular with the golf-made natives.

Nevertheless, the news that North Korea has moved short-range missile launchers to its east coast and its continued push for nuclear testing has been enough to spook the Johnsons.

“It was one of those things where the women in my life really didn’t feel like it was necessary for me to go,” Zach Johnson said.

Spanish pro Alvaro Quiros has also cited the conflict as reason enough to skip the tournament.

“I don’t want to mess with my life just to play in a golf tournament,” the six-time Tour winner said.

The organizers themselves issued a statement on the European Tour website expressing their disappointment.

"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 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 traveling to or within the country."

Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, YE Yang, Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn and Paul Casey are still scheduled to play in the tournament that runs from 25 - 28 April.

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