Date: April 06, 2017
Author: Martin Blake

DJ in freak accident, Masters in doubt

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson's challenge for the Masters is in serious jeopardy after a mishap in his rental home.

Johnson fell down a flight of stairs in his August rental home on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before his scheduled tee-off time, injuring his back.

“At roughly 3:00 pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” said his agent, David Winkle. “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's tee time tomorrow is 2.03pm Augusta time.

He has won his past three starts, pushing him to No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time, and is the favorite for the Masters.

The tournament's par-three competition was cancelled for the first time in history today after a storm lashed the course with heavy rain.

Organisers rushed patrons off the course just after lunchtime, although there was enough play for Canadian Mike Weir to have a hole-in-one.

Still, it was a major disappointment for the public, many of whom have paid exorbitant prices to watch the practice days, including the par-three competition.

The weather is expected to improve for tonight's first-round tee-off, although gusty winds are expected.

The 2013 Masters champion, Adam Scott, is the first Australian away at 11.28pm (AEST) tonight, with another four Australians in the field.