World primary Dustin Johnson hoped a late begin would assist rescue his bid for a fourth straight victory after injuring his again on the eve of the Masters.
Johnson, who was the favorite to win his second main title at Augusta Nationwide, suffered a “serious fall” after the cancellation of the standard par-three contest as a consequence of dangerous climate.
“At roughly 3pm, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” his agent David Winkle mentioned in a press release.
“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.”
Johnson, who missed the 2012 Masters after reportedly injuring his again when lifting a jet-ski, a minimum of had the benefit of being within the ultimate group out on Thursday at 2:03pm native time.
The 32-year-old gained the Genesis Open in February to achieve world primary after which added victories within the WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play.
He has additionally completed sixth and fourth in his final two Masters appearances, however was coincidentally taking nothing as a right in his pre-tournament press convention on Tuesday.
“I imply, golf, it is a humorous sport,” the US Open champion mentioned. “It does not matter how good you are enjoying, you possibly can nonetheless not win. Identical goes for this week.
“If I need to win right here, every part’s going to should go properly for me. I will should drive it properly, hit my irons properly, putt it properly.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I’ve been playing the last few tournaments. But, you know, anything can happen.”
Gary Participant and Jack Nicklaus have been as a consequence of act as honorary starters at 7.40am, with Masters officers opting not to usher in a alternative for the late Arnold Palmer, who carried out the function from 2007-2016 earlier than his dying final September.
American Russell Henley, who was the final man into the occasion by advantage of his victory within the Shell Houston Open, was within the first group out within the event correct at 8am alongside compatriot Daniel Summerhays.
Rory McIlroy was scheduled to begin his bid to turn out to be the sixth participant to finish the profession grand slam at 1.41pm within the firm of Spain’s
Jon Rahm and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara.
And defending champion Danny Willett, who’s seeking to be a part of Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo in profitable back-to-back titles, will get his marketing campaign below approach at 12.24pm alongside Matt Kuchar and Australian novice Curtis Luck.