Dustin Johnson suffers serious back injury ahead of Masters
US Masters favourite Johnson suffered a lower-back injury after falling on the staircase of his rented home in Augusta on the eve of the opening round of the Masters.
His team said 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 US Open Champion previously suffered a back injury in 2012 ahead of the Masters, he hurt his back while lifting a jet ski, forcing him to pull out two days before the start of the tournament.
Johnson has little time to recover given that he is scheduled to tee off at 2.03pm (7:03pm BST) on Thursday in the final group, playing with fellow major winners Bubba Watson and Jimmy walker. His manager has refused to comment any further until he knows more about Johnson’s condition.
The World’s No. 1 golfer was considered to be one of the favourites to win the Masters, but now there is some uncertainty due to this unfortunate setback.