Dustin Johnson's back remains"quite sore" after his fall on the eve of the Masters, his agent says(via ESPN.com), but the world No. 1 will return to competition as planned next month.
Forced to withdraw at the No. 1 tee Thursday in Augusta, Ga., Johnson's"range of motion is certainly better, but he is following the protocol and recommendations of his doctors and trainers," agent David Winkle said Wednesday.
Johnson had planned on an extended break after the Masters and to return in Mayat the Wells Fargo Championship, to kick off a run of three tournaments in three weeks that includes the Players Championship followed by the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. That continues to be his plan, Winkle said.
Johnson, 32, entered Masters week having won his last three tournaments and as an odds-on pick at the year's first major. But he slipped and fell on stairs Wednesdayat his rental home, landing awkwardly on his back and arm.
He tried to warm up Thursday and made it as far as the tee box for his 2:03 tee time, the last of the day. He elected to withdraw only minutes before he was to start.
Sergio Garcia went on to win the Masters in a sudden-death playoff against Justin Rose.