We haven’t heard much from World No. 1 Dustin Johnson since his stairs-related injury prior to the Masters. DJ did confirm last week that he’ll make his return at the Wells Fargo Championship at the beginning of May, but it’s been radio silence from team Johnson otherwise.
The 32-year-old apparently spoke with the Huffington Post’s Jordan Schultz and said something pretty incredible (depending on your reading of his remark).
Scary! Dustin Johnson just told me: “I was hitting the ball better today than I was when I injured myself, so that was a lot of fun.” Wow.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 17, 2017
Of course, another reading is Johnson was merely stating he was hitting the ball better than when he was injured, i.e. when he tried to warm up at the Masters before withdrawing, as opposed to before he was injured.
Really how could he be hitting it any better than he was during his stretch of three tournament wins prior to the Masters? The dude leads the Tour in strokes gained: total.
During a conference, DJ made some comments regarding his back:
“It’s still a little bit bruised…But today I hit balls, and everything was pretty good. It’s a little tight, but I can swing just fine. I was very happy with my practice session today. I was hitting it very well. Hardly any issues. I would say it’s about 85, 90 percent.”
While calculating the rate of recovery is anything but a precise science, you’d have to assume Johnson will be 95 or 100 percent when he tees it up at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo. And obviously his ability to practice steadily in the lead up is important and encouraging. Johnson also indicated he’s hitting every club in the back, so his ability to make a relatively unencumbered driver swing is quite positive.
And if you’re wondering if Johnson watched the Masters, he did, but predictably not with any great enthusiasm.
“I was laying on the couch or in bed, so I really couldn’t do anything else. I didn’t like watching though. That’s one thing I don’t want to do anymore.”
Ultimately, it sounds like Dustin Johnson is on track for his return to competition at the Wells Fargo Championship May 4-7. And it seems injury speculators can return to discussing Tiger Woods’ back injury.