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Masters favourite Dustin Johnson may not play after fall at home

Dustin Johnson in practice at Augusta today
Dustin Johnson in practice at Augusta today

Red-hot favourite for the Masters and world number 1 Dustin Johnson may not tee it up tomorrow at Augusta after he reportedly fell and injured his back in his rental accommodation.

Golf.com are carrying a statement from the player's agent David Winkle of Hambric Sports that says Johnson fell on the stairs of the residence he was renting for the first Major of the season.

"At roughly 3:00 pm 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 does at least have the advantage of being in the final group out on Thursday at 2:03pm local time.

Johnson was as short as 6/1 to win his first green jacket this week.

In 2012 pulled out of the Masters after his agent said he hurt his back lifting a jet-ski.