Dustin Johnson pulls out of Masters with harmed back

3:45 PM ET

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dustin Johnson, observant Thursday he was “going to give it a try” after pang a behind damage during a tumble during his let home on Wednesday, walked off a initial tee and pulled out of a Masters usually before to his first-round tee time.

Johnson, 32, a No. 1-ranked actor in a universe and a pre-tournament favorite after winning his prior 3 starts on a PGA Tour, slipped on wooden stairs and fell on his behind in a “freak accident,” he pronounced Thursday.

“It sucks,” Johnson pronounced after determining he couldn’t play in a initial vital of a year. “Obviously, we wish to play some-more than anything. It hurts. we was going all we could to try and play.”

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  • Johnson arrived during Augusta National on Thursday with a goal of playing. He visited earthy trainers, warmed adult on a pushing operation and strike a few putts. After many contention following his warm-up shots, he told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi that he will “give it a try” and headed to a initial tee.

    He afterwards headed to a hall usually as his organisation was scheduled to tee off.

    “I can’t pitch full,” Johnson said. “I can’t make a normal swing. we could go behind to about 80 percent.

    “… Probably in 3 days, I’ll be fine. If this had happened Monday, I’d be fine.”

    Johnson joins Tiger Woods (2014) as a usually other No. 1-ranked actor in a universe to not play a Masters. He has won any of his past 3 starts on a PGA Tour.

    He was scheduled to play in a day’s final organisation with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship leader Jimmy Walker. Johnson, who won a U.S. Open final June, has 6 victories given final year’s Masters, where he tied for fourth.

    Johnson pronounced he was wearing hosiery when he slipped on 3 wooden stairs while streamer out to a garage to pierce a automobile during a home that he is renting in Augusta on Wednesday night. He pronounced he landed on his left side and that his bend is bruised.

    He pronounced he was adult many of a night, regulating ice and feverishness to provide a injury.

    His manager, David Winkle, told ESPN on Wednesday that Johnson was suggested to sojourn stationary and start holding inflammatory remedy and topping a damage in hopes of being prepared for a initial round.

    “Obviously, we wish to play some-more than anything,” Johnson said. “Just sitting there on a putting green. … we usually can’t pitch a club. I’m substantially personification a best golf of my career. It’s one of my favorite tournaments, one we demeanour brazen to each year.”

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