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2 years later, DJ’s brother additionally injured on stairs

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Dustin Johnson and his brother, Austin, have to keep away from rental properties with stairs.

Two years in the past, Dustin Johnson slipped on stairs in his Augusta, Georgia, rental residence on the eve of the Masters, ultimately withdrawing from the event.

Now it is his brother who suffered the same destiny, though he’s nonetheless anticipated to work this week on the Valspar Championship regardless of a sling over his left shoulder and a solid on his left hand.

Dustin stated Austin slipped on stairs whereas getting their issues collectively after the ultimate spherical of the Gamers Championship, the place the golfer tied for fifth Sunday.

“He had a little bit of a run-in with a pair of stairs, sort of like I did, on Sunday evening,” Dustin Johnson stated. “So these stairs, man, they’re going to get you. He broke his bone in his hand.”

Dustin Johnson did not break any bones when he slipped on stairs — carrying socks, he stated, on the Wednesday afternoon earlier than the Masters. However the ensuing fall injured his again, and, regardless of makes an attempt to play, Johnson withdrew moments earlier than his first-round tee time.

As he’s now, Johnson was ranked No. 1 on this planet on the time and among the many pre-tournament favorites, having gained his earlier three tour begins. Though he tied for second in his subsequent event a month later, Johnson did not win once more till August.

And he stated he is by no means fairly returned to that pre-Masters 2017 type — regardless of successful six occasions worldwide in that span and returning to No. 1 just a few weeks in the past.

“I am getting nearer, for certain,” stated Johnson, who’s enjoying the Valspar occasion for the primary time since 2010. “I really feel just like the swing’s beginning to really feel quite a bit higher. The shot patterns are beginning to get extra constant. So now it is the closest I have been to that.

“Again then, that was in all probability the perfect type I’ve ever been in, and getting injured it is taken awhile to get again to that type. Clearly I performed very effectively in that stretch, however I wasn’t as snug as I used to be then sort of all through the entire bag. But it surely’s undoubtedly the closest I’ve felt to that stage of my profession.”

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