Dustin Johnson’s manager says the world’s No. 1 player and the hot favourite for this week’s Masters, has taken a ‘serious fall on a staircase’ on the eve of the tournament.
David Winkle said in an email that DJ fell on the stairs of his rental home in Augusta on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00pm. He says Johnson landed very hard on his lower back and is resting, with discomfort.
“He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing.”
Winkle ends the statement by saying Dustin hopes to play in the 81st Masters when it starts on Thursday.
Dustin Johnson did practice for a short amount of time at Augusta National on Wednesday before play was suspended due to storms in the area. Johnson has time on his side, as he is scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. ET, the last tee time of the day, with PGA champion Jimmy Walker and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson.
This isn’t the first time DJ has worried patrons ahead of the tournament. In 2012 he was forced to withdraw from the Masters after his agent revealed he hurt his back lifting a jet-ski. The U.S. Open champion has won in three straight starts this season, most recently the WGC Match-Play in March, and had his best Masters finish last year with a T-4.