Recovering Dustin Johnson expects to return at Wells Fargo Championship

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Recovering Dustin Johnson expects to return at Wells Fargo Championship

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Recovering Dustin Johnson expects to return at Wells Fargo Championship

The 81st Masters got off to a bit of a rough start when it lost World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the planet’s hottest golfer, to a freakish injury on the eve of the tournament.

Johnson, winner in his last three starts, was in his stocking feet and slipped down some wooden stairs, crashing onto his elbow and lower back. He had the last time Thursday (2 p.m.) and tried to warm up but simply couldn’t compete.

His longtime agent, David Winkle, told Golfweek on Masters Sunday that Johnson was home and recovering. His arm was badly bruised and his back was tight, but Johnson was back in the gym and riding his bike.

A trainer told Johnson he could have had him ready to play given 12 more hours. Unfortunate. Expect to see Johnson return at the Wells Fargo Championship on May 4-7 in Wilmington, N.C., then the next week at The Players.

“He’s pretty bummed out, but he handles everything like a man,” Winkle said. “He doesn’t pout. You see him so strong, and you know he’s hurting, and it picks you up. But you look at this Sunday leaderboard … and I feel he would have been right there.”

Word is the powers that be will hand out another green jacket next spring in Augusta.

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