Golfer Dustin Johnson Withdraws From Masters

He tied for fourth, four shots behind victor Danny Willett.

"That was unbelieveable, just incredible".

"It's incredible how competitive he still is", McIlroy said. "On the back nine I hit some loose shots". Tiger Woods, ranked No. 1 in 2014 when he missed the first major championship of the season, is the other. "But that's just Augusta, I guess". "Just sitting there on the putting green". I've learned from the past you can't be tentative on these greens.

Shortly after safely navigating the par-three 12th - site of the infamous collapse that cost Spieth the tournament a year ago - the American world number six suddenly blew up at the par-five-15th after a poor club selection. Arnold made it popular and took the tournament from just being popular to one of the biggest events in golf. "I can't make regular swings". "Arnold Palmer was more than a King". "I didn't think there was any chance I could compete".

He has also performed well at the Masters before with a tie for ninth place in 2015 after lying second at the end of round two.

"I was doing everything I would to try to play".

"So I didn't take my medicine, and hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off".

"Even par was a pretty great score out there at the end of the day and I'm happy with it".

What kept the course more playable despite the strong winds were greens that were receptive, in part because of rain both Monday and Wednesday. It all fell apart at the par-3 12th, where he dumped two shots in the water and surrendered the lead with a quadruple-bogey 7.

World number one Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Masters after injuring his back in a fall on Wednesday.

With Johnson out of the tournament, McIlroy, a four-time major champion, and Spieth were considered the co-favorites.

With gusts approaching 40 miles per hour, Hoffman and Masters newcomer William McGirt (69) were the only players to break 70.

That put the world number one's bid for a remarkable fourth straight victory in jeopardy, but there was encouraging news for the US Open champion on Thursday. He still wasn't sure what happened on the approach shot on that hole after the round.

As of early Thursday morning, reports indicate that Dustin Johnson's manager still feels that it is uncertain on whether Dustin will be able to play in the Masters. "And obviously now 3 over, I feel like I need to snag something tomorrow".

He made only one bogey, had a few tough par saves and a few birdies and shot 69. Among them were Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Matthew Fitzpatrick of England.

  • Julie Sanders