Neck injury sidelines Johnson at pro-am
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Dustin Johnson, the defending champion at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, missed the pro-am Thursday, citing neck stiffness, but remained confident that he would be able to make his 12:50 p.m. (HST) first-round tee time with Masters champion Adam Scott on Friday.
Sleeping awkwardly a couple of days ago, Johnson said his neck and right shoulder stiffened, producing discomfort when the club got down to the ball in the hitting area and at the beginning of the follow-through.
Johnson missed a practice round Wednesday to receive treatment from his trainer and was prescribed an anti-inflammatory to relieve the stiffness.
“I went and got some medicine. I started taking them last night, so it's definitely helped,” Johnson said Thursday in the media center at the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort. “The aggravation has gone down severely, and Coach (Chris) Noss – my trainer – has been working on it, and it's feeling a lot better right now."
With his neck and shoulder feeling better, Johnson was going to the Kapalua Bay Course driving range in the late afternoon to hit balls and test his neck and shoulder but did not anticipate any issues.
“I'm excited about this year,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately I didn't get out and practice yesterday or today, but I'll be out tomorrow morning and try to get a little bit of practice in before I tee off.”