DJ could miss Masters after freak injury

Favourite Dustin Johnson is in doubt for the Masters after injuring his back in a fall just one day before the start of the tournament, according to his manager.

The World number one came to Augusta National Golf Club in top form with three wins from his last three starts, but the bookies’ favourite to capture the green jacket suffered a freak injury on Wednesday after slipping on a staircase at his rental home on the eve of the first round.

Johnson’s agent David Winkle said in a statement that Johnson still hopes to play.

“At roughly 3:00 pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” the statement read. “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 only consolation for Johnson is that he is scheduled to play in the last group on the opening day, teeing off at 2:03pm along with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA champion Jimmy Walker.

Winkle said he would not have any further comment until he knew more about Johnson’s condition.