Dustin Johnson to tee off at the Masters despite back injury


Dustin Johnson is going to tee off at the Masters despite suffering a serious fall on the eve of the tournament.

The world number one emerged as a doubt for the first major of the year after taking a tumble down the stairs at his rental home on Wednesday.

Speculation continued throughout Thursday regarding his possible withdrawal and those doubts lingered following his practice shots on the driving range at Augusta.

However, the European Tour confirmed on Twitter that Johnson will at least tee off on his opening round, accompanying the post with a quote that read: "I'm going to try."

The U.S. Open champion headed to Augusta - where he finished tied for fourth last year - as the favourite following a three-tournament winning streak.

Johnson's trainer Joey Diovisalvi was quoted by Golf Digest earlier on Thursday as saying: "We got him to the point where he got mobility.

"He was up and moving around and definitely going in the right direction. He was very much in an under-control point going to bed [Wednesday] night."

Johnson is scheduled to tee off alongside two-time champion Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker.