Dustin Johnson’s participation in the Masters this week has been thrown into major doubt, after the world number one suffered a back injury at home.
BREAKING: Dustin Johnson is a doubt for #TheMasters after falling down stairs at his rental house and hurting his back.
— eirSport (@eirSport) April 5, 2017
2016 US Open champion and PGA Player of the Year Johnson, tied for fourth in this competition last year, suffered the injury after falling down the stairs at his rental house, landing on his lower back and putting his challenge this weekend into serious doubt. He “hopes” to play in the opening round but if he misses that it’s hard to see how he could play any part in the competition.
Masters favorite Dustin Johnson injures lower back after taking fall on stairs this afternoon. Manager says DJ “hopes” to play tomorrow. Wow
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) April 5, 2017
The full statement read:
“At roughly 3:00 pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” the statement read.
“He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably. He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.”
It would be a huge blow to Johnson (and indeed all those who have backed him) as the 32-year-old was one of, if not the outright, favourite to lift the trophy this weekend.
It remains to be seen if he will have recovered any bit by Thursday but it’s not looking great for him right now. A final decision is expected on Thursday morning.