World number one Dustin Johnson facing Masters absence

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World number one, Dustin Johnson, has possibly been ruled out of this year’s Masters after falling down the stairs of his temporary Augusta home.

For any golf fan around the world who is a neutral when it comes to who they want to win this year’s green jacket, it will be a major blow if the American can’t play. The 32-year-old has been rapidly finding form and could have been contending for the famous blazer, but the injury to his lower back could see him say goodbye to the competition and any chances of him writing his name in golfing history.

Despite this being a blow for most fans, some players – on the other hand – could be sneakily happy as he is officially the best player in the world after all! With DJ out of it, the blazer could be anyone’s come Sunday.

Johnson’s agent, David Winkle, released a statement saying: “Dustin took an extremely serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home.” This is disturbing as if it is as serious as what Winkle pronounced it as, it could put Johnson out for the rest of the season.

Being a keen golfer myself, I can say on behalf of most golf fans that DJ will be thoroughly missed and would have bought some real brilliant golf to the competition but an injury is an injury and there is nothing you can do about it.

Despite the news not being finalised about the American talent having to leave the Masters’ field, it is more than likely as lower back problems can leave you out for weeks. With the fall also being just one day before this monumental event, it will mean that Johnson may be leaving the competition.

Although the 32-year-old may be leaving the tournament, every other big name has been named in the field of play from Rory Mcilroy to John Rahm who has recently just been beaten in the WGC Dell Match Play by Johnson.

Although the world number may not be playing, the Masters will still be jam-packed with great golf shots and memories which will stick in the minds of these amazing golfers forever.


Will, YJA Sports Correspondent

Senior Young Journalist

Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy