Dustin Johnson believed he could be No. 1 'when Tiger stopped playing'

Masters favorite Dustin Johnson injures lower back after taking fall on stairs this afternoon.

Mickelson is a three-time Masters victor and Spieth tied a record 18 under par in his 2015 win, but both Johnson and McIlroy are looking for their first green jacket. While the back-nine collapse Jordan Spieth (+800) had in 2016 might be a first point of reference for the media and bettors, the fact remains he has finished second, first and second at the last three Masters.

Rickie Fowler this week described the 32-year-old American as a "freak of nature".

"At roughly 3:00pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home", Winkle said in a statement. "He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably". I know it's going to happen.

Payne, during his annual news conference as the club's chairman, was asked for his assessment of the Rio tournament and, in an addendum that clearly caught him off guard, whether Atlanta should make another bid for the Summer Games so golf could be held at Augusta National.

OLYMPIC GOLF: When Billy Payne led Atlanta's winning bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics, he proposed adding golf to the program - to be played at Augusta National. He has won four PGA Tour events and tied for 39th in last year's Masters.

The three-time Masters champion is 46, the same age as Jack Nicklaus when he won his sixth green jacket in 1986, and is still ranked 18th in the world despite not having won since the 2013 Open Championship. "No matter if you win or lose, it's one of the highlights of the year". He missed the cut previous year but has historically played Augusta National well.

McIlroy famously lost a four-shot lead in the final round in 2011 after collapsing to a closing 80, while Spieth has his own demons to conquer after blowing a five-shot advantage with just nine holes to play past year. "I'm really impressed with his game".

The threat of severe weather interrupted Wednesday at the Masters - the final practice day before the tournament begins. "I'm looking forward to the weather the way it's going to be".

"Y ou don't need to come out and shoot 65 on the first day, but at the same time you're better off shooting something under par just to get yourself off to a nice start". "Everything is going to have to be really good".

Conventional wisdom screams to pick Spieth and I must admit, he's my favorite player these days since Tiger appears to have taken his final swing. One of those golfers not getting action has been defending Masters champion Danny Willett, who opened at 50-to-1 and is now 125-to-1.

  • Julie Sanders