Do You Remember...Dustin Johnson Falls Down Stairs To Miss Masters

World No.1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from the 2017 Masters after failing to recover from a 'serious fall' in Augusta on the Wednesday afternoon

Dustin Johnson Falls Down Stairs
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We look back at 2017 where World No.1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from The Masters after failing to recover from a 'serious fall' on Wednesday afternoon

Do You Remember...Dustin Johnson Falls Down Stairs To Miss Masters

Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab) of course slipped himself into the Green Jacket in imperious fashion last year after playing some of his best golf to get to world number one. Indeed coming into the tournament his form was reminiscent of 2017, but he would not even get to compete at Augusta in The Masters (opens in new tab) then because of an accident at his rental home.

The World No.1 at the time withdrew from the 2017 tournament after failing to recover from a 'serious fall' in Augusta on the Wednesday afternoon.

He was hopeful of playing and turned up to the practice ground an hour or so before his tee time, but he walked off the 1st tee shaking his head before hitting a single shot.

Johnson, who had won his last three PGA Tour events, slipped down the stairs at his rented house near the golf course.

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"It sucks. I want to play. I'm playing the best golf of my life and to have a freak accident happen yesterday afternoon, it sucks really bad," Johnson said.

"I have been worked on all morning and obviously I can take some swings, but I can't swing full, I can't make my normal swing and I didn't think there was any chance I could compete."

Augusta National was closed for the day on Wednesday shortly after 1pm as serious storms descended on the area.

Johnson was clearly struggling when practicing for his first round (Getty Images)

Shortly afterwards, Johnston returned to his accommodation for the week, where the freak accident occurred.

He was put on a course of anti-inflammatories and quickly began a programme of icing, but it appears to have been in vain.

He was due to appear at the Golf Association of America's annual awards on Wednesday evening, but doctors advised that he stay immobile at home.

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His agent, David Winkle, released the following statement shortly after the incident:

"At roughly 3:00pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home.

"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 was forced to pull out of the 2012 Masters after suffering a back injury while lifting a jet-ski.

Johnson became the fourth World No.1 to miss a Major Championship, following Rory McIlroy (opens in new tab) (2015 Open), Greg Norman (1988 Open Championship) and Tiger Woods (opens in new tab) (2008 Open and PGA Championship and 2014 Masters).

As we mentioned above though, Johnson put these bad memories behind him in 2020 as he won The Masters by five strokes in the November event.

Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x