Report: Dustin Johnson plans return for Wells Fargo Championship in May

As much run as it’s gotten, I’m still not sure we are properly framing this Dustin Johnson story. The No. 1 golfer in the world missed the Masters with a back injury after walking to the first tee on Thursday. And oh yeah, he was on a three-tournament winning streak. The whole thing was downright preposterous.

Johnson said at the time that if the injury had happened on Monday instead of Wednesday that he probably could have played but that he had no chance of contending had he teed it up.

So when will D.J. tee it up again? He told the AP’s Doug Ferguson that he is targeting a May return. 

Johnson had scheduled the next three weeks off, so there will be no temptation to play before he is fully recovered. His next tournament is the Wells Fargo Championship, which starts May 4, the first of three in a row.

He also expounded on the severity of his injury which happened when he was climbing down the stairs in his socks to move his car at his rental house near Augusta National.

“I thought I broke my back in half,” he told Ferguson. “I really thought my back was broken.”

The entire thing is as bizarre as it is unfortunate, but at least Johnson does not have any long-term damage to his back and will be back on the course sooner rather than later. The other good news? He’s still looking for that fourth win in a row.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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