According to Dustin Johnson’s agent, David Winkle, the World No. 1 is improving and looking to play in the Wells Fargo Championship (May 4-7). That will be the first of three tournaments Johnson is scheduled to play in consecutive weeks.
As far as how Johnson’s injury happened while going to move his car after it started raining at his rental home in Augusta, he gave all the details to the AP’s Doug Ferguson.
“It was terrible,” Johnson said. “And the weirdest part is, I never walk around in socks. For some reason if I walk around barefooted, my left foot starts to hurt. That’s why I always have shoes on. But I just got back from the gym and wanted to run down and move the car over. And I slipped.”
“I thought I broke my back in half,” he said about the pain. “I really thought my back was broken.”
After giving it a go on Thursday morning to see if he could play, Johnson just knew it wasn’t realistic for him to play at a high level. Not all was lost though because he got to see Sergio Garcia finally capture a major championship.
“Sergio and I are friends,” Johnson said. “I was rooting for him. It was cool to see him get that first one. I know a little bit of what he’s been through. He’d been close quite a few times, just like I had been close. It took him a lot longer.”
For now, the 2015 U.S. Open champion is taking it easy to let the deep bruise in his lower back heal and like all great competitors, looking forward.
“One reason I’m good at golf is because I try not to let it bother me,” Johnson said. “It sucks. It sucks right now. But I woke up this morning, and it was a good day.”
h/t: espn.com, bigstory.ap.org, cbssports.com