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Dustin Johnson A Major Doubt For The Masters After Suffering Injury At Home

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 26: Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 26, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

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