When world No. 1 Dustin Johnson was forced to withdraw from The Masters, minutes before his tee-time, due to a back injury from an off-course incident, he sounded confident that it would be a short-term problem.
The injury came at the worst time, as he had won his three previous tournaments coming into The Masters. Now, over three months later, Johnson admitted that the injury still bothers him, and has hurt his confidence.
Johnson has struggled as of late, missing his last two cuts (The Memorial and the U.S. Open) and finishing T54 at last week’s Open Championship.
Johnson is in Canada this week for the RBC Canadian Open.
- Dustin Johnson told reporters at the RBC Canadian Open, where he finished T2 a year ago, that he is still feeling effects from an off-course back injury suffered the day before The Masters in April.
- According to the world’s #1 ranked player, he is not feeling pain, but rather an annoying bit of tightness. He went on to say that he has to get the area worked out at length to get it loosened up.
- In just three tournament starts since the beginning of June, Johnson has two missed cuts, and a T54. The latter occurred at last week’s Open Championship, where he followed a tremendous third round 64 with a poor final round 77.
- Johnson also believes that the injury has hurt his confidence, especially considering how well he had been playing leading up to the injury.
“A little lack of confidence, maybe. For 10 or 12 months leading up to the Masters, I had been playing really good golf, but it’s just been a little bit of a struggle to get back. I’ve had to put in a lot of work just to get back where I was, and I’m starting to see signs of it.”