Saturday 24 March 2018

Despite his best efforts Dustin Johnson withdraws from the Masters after a back injury

By Laura Dennison

“Happy Gilmore played on after being hit by a car…”

World number one Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Masters just moments before he was due to start his first round at Augusta National.

Johnson looked set to tee off shortly after 2pm local time on Thursday despite the back injury he suffered in a “serious fall” in his rented house on Wednesday afternoon.

However, the US Open champion then left the first tee and headed into the clubhouse, leaving Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker to tee off in the final group.

Fans were gutted for the tournament favourite.

…but others thought he simply lacked the tenacity of this fictional character.

Get well soon Johnson!

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