Dustin Johnson’s participation in the Masters has been thrown into serious doubt after he fell and damaged his back.
The world number one was the hot favourite heading into the opening major of the season after winning the last three events he has played in, but there is a chance he may not even make the first tee on Thursday.
Johnson’s agent has confirmed his client fell on the stairs on Wednesday afternoon, and although he has yet to pull out of the tournament, there is now a huge question mark over whether he will be fit to play.
“At roughly 3pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” his agent David Winkle said in a statement.
“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.”
Johnson does at least have the advantage of being in the final group out on Thursday at 2:03pm local time, but depending on how serious it is, it may still not give him enough time to recover.