What would the first Major of the PGA Tour be without some element of drama?
Calling off yesterday’s par three practice round was a singular event, but an even more dramatic event took place when the tournament favourite, Dustin Johnson, slipped and fell on the stairs of his rental house accommodations, injuring his lower back and putting his participation at Augusta National in doubt.
Johnson would be well advised to skip the tournament, rather than risk further injury and take the unfortunate path of Tiger Woods and Jason Day, who played on at points past, ignoring the signals their bodies were sending them.
Should Johnson be forced to withdraw, it would create an opportunity for Jason Day, who will be teeing it up under rather somber circumstances, as his mother recently underwent surgery in an attempt to resolve her cancer issue.
Former winner Adam Scott, the first Australian to win a coveted green jacket, seemed to be rounding into form until he missed the cut at last week’s Shell Houston Open. He has slipped a couple of spots in the world rankings, down to number nine, and he has not been his usual fixture high up on the leaderboards of the tournaments in which he has taken part.
In form Marc Leishman, who has put personal issues behind him, represents another Aussie hope.