World’s No. 1 Golfer Pulls Out Of The Masters Before First Round Begins
The world’s top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Masters Tournament at Augusta National due to an injury he suffered on Wednesday after falling on the stairs in his rental home.
On Thursday all eyes were on the pre-tournament favorite as he warmed up on the driving range. As he headed towards the first tee, Johnson told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi he was “going to give it a try” and power through the injury. He ultimately decided to pull out of the tournament just before he was set to tee off for his first round.
“It sucks,” Johnson said after making his decision to back out. “Obviously, I want to play more than anything. It hurts. I was doing everything I could to try and play.”
Johnson called his injury a “freak accident” on Thursday, explaining that he was wearing socks when he slipped on the wooden stairs in his Augusta rental home and fell on his back, ESPN reports.
The 32-year-old golfer has six victories since last year’s Masters, including a U.S. Open win and has won each of his last three starts on the PGA Tour.
“Obviously, I want to play more than anything,” Johnson said. “Just sitting there on the putting green…. I just can’t swing the club. I’m probably playing the best golf of my career. It’s one of my favorite tournaments, one I look forward to every year.”