Golfer Dustin Johnson’s condition has improved since he fell down the stairs and injured himself on Wednesday. Johnson’s trainer, Joey Diovisalvi, told Golf Digest that on Thursday morning, Johnson “was up and moving and definitely going in the right direction… He was walking around, a lot more mobility, took a couple of practice swings slowly without a club.” It is unclear if he will be able to play at full strength in this year’s Masters tournament, but he was at Augusta National on Thursday. His tee time is still scheduled for 2:03 PM ET, and no official announcement has been made as to whether he’ll make the tee time or not.
The accident occurred when, according to Diovisalvi and Johnson’s manager, David Winkle, Johnson fell on the wood stairs of a rented home near the golf club. Winkle says the accident occurred when Johnson was playing with his son. However, Diovisalvi says it happened when Johnson was going to move his car out of the garage and slipped on some steps. However the accident actually happened, the incident resulted in an injured lower back. Johnson immediately began using a combination of icing and anti-inflammatory medication in the hope he could recover by Thursday.
Johnson was the favorite to win the Masters tournament before the injury, but sportsbooks have now dropped him to equal odds with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Spieth is the only one of the three to have previously won a Masters tournament; Spieth was victorious in 2015 when he finished 18 strokes under par, tying a record previously set by Tiger Woods in 1997. Johnson had won three consecutive tournaments coming into this year’s Masters, and would only be the second top-ranked player ever to miss the Masters (Woods missed it due to back surgery in 2014).