Johnson falls down stairs, hopes to play Masters

Ross Houston
April 6, 2017

Title favourite Dustin Johnson threw a late spanner in the works on the eve of the 81st Masters after hurting his back in a "serious fall".

DJ was the odds-on favorite to win The Masters after winning his last three tournaments.

Johnson's manager, David Winkle, said Johnson fell down the stairs at the home he was renting in Augusta for the tournament, and indicated that the world no.1 "hopes" to tee off tomorrow.

Winkle said Johnson was resting "quite uncomfortably", and he has been advised by doctors to remain stable and begin taking anti-inflammatories. He would close by saying, "with the hope of being able to play tomorrow".

The Masters starts in Augusta on Thursday with Johnson scheduled to play alongside fellow Americans Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the last group out. It would be such a letdown to not have the number one golfer in the world playing at Augusta this weekend.

"I mean, golf, it's a amusing game", the US Open champion said. Same goes for this week. I'm going to have to drive it well, hit my irons well, putt it well.

"I've got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I've been playing the last few tournaments".

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