Favourite Dustin Johnson a Masters doubt after suffering back injury falling down the stairs
Dustin Johnson is facing a battle to be fit to tee-off at The Masters after suffering a freak back injured after he fell down the stair at the house he is renting.
The world No.1 has been the outstanding player of 2017 and headed to Augusta in red-hot form after winning his last three events, but his agent David Winkle issued this statement casting a huge doubt over Johnson’s health ahead of the Masters.
“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.”
The latest reports in America suggest Johnson is a big doubt to tee-off in a group featuring former Masters champions Bubba Watson and USGA Champions Jimmy Walker.
Johnson had taken part in a brief practice session at Augusta on Wednesday before a storm saw play abandoned for the day, with the par three competition cancelled for the first time in the event’s history.
The early end of play meant Johnson headed back to his temporary base earlier than expected and that change of plan seems to have had a potentially devastating impact on his hopes of adding a Masters green jacket to his collection.
A decision on Johnson’s participation in the event will be made early on Thursday morning.