Johnson’s status up in air for Masters following fall

golf-djatwgcFormer Coastal Carolina University golfer and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson’s status for The Masters is up in the air after the World’s No. 1 golfer injured his lower back following a fall on a staircase, according to a statement from his agent.

“At roughly 3:00 p.m. today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” agent David Winkle of Hambric Sports said in a prepared 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, the reigning U.S. Open champion, won his last three starts and is considered one of the favorites to win at Augusta National Golf Course. He is scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m., the last tee time of the day.

Johnson is no stranger to freak accidents around time for The Masters. He withdrew from tournament in 2012 after his agent said he injured his back lifting a jet-ski.

Photo courtesy of PGA Tour

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