Masters 2017: Dustin Johnson (back) practicing, will try to play in Round 1

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson will try to give it a go for his Thursday afternoon tee time (2:03 p.m. ET) in Round 1 of the 2017 Masters after falling down and injuring his back on Wednesday. Johnson’s team has been reporting no change to his status for the Masters as they continue to monitor and treat the injury.  

“We got him to the point where he got mobility,” Johnson’s trainer, Joey Diovisalvi, told Golf Digest. “He was up and moving around and definitely going in the right direction. He was very much in an under control point going to bed last night.

“He was walking around, a lot more mobility, took a couple of practice swings slowly without a club.”

According to the Masters on the Range broadcast, Johnson was walking down a few short stairs to the garage to move a car at his rental house when he fell and landed awkwardly on his back. The injury is reportedly muscular and will be an issue to watch, particularly in the cold conditions for Round 1 from Augusta National Golf Club. 

Johnson stepped on the practice green Thursday with his agent telling ESPN the plan is for his client to play.

The news of Johnson’s back injury dropped him from the top of the odds board as Jordan Spieth became the new betting favorite prior to the start of Thursday’s action


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