Back injury forces Johnson to withdraw from Masters

djA pair of socks and a slick staircase have conspired to do what no other PGA Tour golfers have been able to accomplish over the past year – stop Dustin Johnson.

The Coastal Carolina product and the World’s No. 1-ranked golfer withdrew from the Masters at the first tee on Thursday, one day after falling down a wooden staircase at a rental house in Augusta, GA.

Johnson pulled out after testing his injured back on the practice tee and deciding he couldn’t make it through the round. The reigning U.S. Open champion was scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. He arrived at the hole and informed officials that he was withdrawing from the tournament and headed to the clubhouse in disappointment.

Johnson began hitting shots off the practice tee around an hour before his starting time. He began by softly hitting irons to see how the back felt before taking a more aggressive approach. He told ESPN he felt discomfort and didn’t want to risk further injury by attempting to play.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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