Johnson becomes a Masters question mark after fall

In the first major championship since Palmer's death last September, Augusta National is going all out to memorialize his impact on the club - where he won four of his seven career majors, eventually becoming a full-fledged member - and the free-swinging bravado that helped to popularize golf at the beginning of the television era.

Winkle said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon that Johnson was "now resting, although quite uncomfortably". Winkle also said, "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 is in the last group out at 2.03pm local time (7.03pm BST) today alongside former Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship victor Jimmy Walker. It was a stretch that included a pair of victories and allowed him to take over the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Ranking.

Dustin Johnson (5-to-1)=World's top-ranked golfer has won his past three events, dominated PGA Tour since taking title at 2016 U.S. Open. He now leads the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list and the money list, both by large margins over Hideki Matsuyama.

Another top golfer, Tiger Woods, bowed out of the Masters because of his "continuing back problems", according to the Washington Post last week. "It doesn't matter how good you're playing, you can still not win", Johnson, who became world number one in February, said on Tuesday. Jordan Spieth had it previous year, Dustin Johnson's had it in the past, and even Jack Nicklaus freely talks about the number of times he should have won around here had it not been for unexpected mistakes.

"For the first time in over 60 years, our sport is without its preeminent hero; a man whose greatness as player and a champion was exceeded only by his qualities as a man", said Payne.

McIlroy famously lost a four-shot lead in the final round in 2011 after collapsing to a closing 80 and knows limiting his mistakes is key to getting his hands on a green jacket.

Daily local news headlines from across Gwinnett County. "He was up and moving around and definitely going in the right direction".

Justin Rose has top-10s in his last two Augusta starts and has an Olympic gold medal. Augusta National Golf Club has never looked better and it's time for someone to win a major championship.

Well, guess what? Phil Mickelson is 46.

With the Par Three tournament cancelled for the first time in its 57-year history due to storms, Johnson 32, returned to his lodgings and it was there where the freak accident occurred.

The world No. 2 needs the Masters to become only the sixth player complete the set of all four of golf's major titles, after Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

Johnson's status remains uncertain for the Masters.

After the experience with his team over the last few days, Hybl said he wants to make sure the Sooners play in the tournament regularly so that as many of his players as possible can have the experience of being in Augusta for Masters week.

Now, it's time for the Masters to pay homage to the King.

If Johnson can't play, it may open the door for another surprise victor.

  • Joanne Flowers