Dustin Johnson forced to withdraw from Masters
World number one suffered a back injury in a ‘serious fall’ on Wednesday in Augusta
Dustin Johnson of the United States practices on the range prior to his tee time for the first round of the 2017 Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Getty Images
The world number one had gone through a short initial warm-up on the range before reportedly receiving treatment on the back injury he suffered in a “serious fall” in his rented accommodation on Wednesday afternoon.
When asked if he would be competing, he told reporters; “I’m gonna try”. But he later walked off the first tee before his withdrawal was confirmed.
The 32-year-old, who missed the 2012 Masters after reportedly injuring his back when lifting a jet-ski, was to tee off in the final group at 7.03pm Irish time.