Golf-World number one Dustin Johnson doubtful for Masters after freak fall

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson's participation in the U.S. Masters this week is in doubt after he injured his back in a freak accident, his manager David Winkle said on Wednesday.

Johnson is favorite to win the Masters title after victories in his last three tournaments.

"At roughly 3:00 pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home," Winkle said in a statement.

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1934: Horton Smith, United States

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1935: Gene Sarazen, United States

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1936: Horton Smith (2), United States

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1937: Byron Nelson, United States

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1938: Henry Picard, United States

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1939: Ralph Guldahl, United States

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1940: Jimmy Demaret, United States

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1941: Craig Wood, United States

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1942: Byron Nelson (2), United States

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1946: Herman Keiser, United States

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1947: Jimmy Demaret (2), United States

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1948: Claude Harmon, United States

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1949: Sam Snead, United States

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1950: Jimmy Demaret (3), United States

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1951: Ben Hogan, United States

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1952: Sam Snead (2), United States

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1953: Ben Hogan (2), United States

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1954: Sam Snead (3), United States

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1955: Cary Middlecoff, United States

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1956: Jack Burke, Jr., United States

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1957: Doug Ford, United States

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1958: Arnold Palmer, United States

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1959: Art Wall, Jr., United States

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1960: Arnold Palmer (2), United States

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1961: Gary Player, South Africa

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1962: Arnold Palmer (3), United States

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1963: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1964: Arnold Palmer (4), United States

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1965: Jack Nicklaus (2), United States

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1966: Jack Nicklaus (3), United States

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1967: Gay Brewer, United States

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1968: Bob Goalby, United States

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1969: George Archer, United States

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1970: Billy Casper, United States

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1971: Charles Coody, United States

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1972: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1973: Tommy Aaron, United States

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1974: Gary Player (2), South Africa

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1975: Jack Nicklaus (5), United States

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1976: Raymond Floyd, United States

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1977: Tom Watson, United States

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1978: Gary Player (3), South Africa

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1979: Fuzzy Zoeller, United States

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1980: Steve Ballesteros, Spain

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1981: Tom Watson (2), United States

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1982: Craig Stadler, United States

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1983: Steve Ballesteros (2), Spain

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1984: Ben Crenshaw, United States

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1985: Bernhard Langer, Germany

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1986: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1987: Larry Mize, United States

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1988: Sandy Lyle, Scotland

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1989: Nick Faldo, England

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1990: Nick Faldo (2), England

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1991: Ian Woosnam, Wales

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1992: Fred Couples, UNited States

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1993: Bernhard Langer (2), Germany

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1994: José María Olazábal, Spain

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1995: Ben Crenshaw (2), United States

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1996: Nick Faldo (3), England

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1997: Tiger Woods, United States

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1998: Mark O'Meara, United States

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1999: José María Olazábal (2), Spain

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2000: Vijay Singh, Fiji

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2001: Tiger Woods (2), United States

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2002: Tiger Woods (3), United States

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2003: Mike Weir, Canada

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2004: Phil Mickelson, United States

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2005: Tiger Woods (4), United States

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2006: Phil Mickelson (2), United States

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2007: Zach Johnson, United States

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2008: Trevor Immelman, South Africa

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2009: Ángel Cabrera, Argentina

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2010: Phil Mickelson (3), United States

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2011: Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

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2012: Bubba Watson, United States

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2013: Adam Scott, Australia

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2014: Bubba Watson (2), United States

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2015: Jordan Spieth, United States

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2016: Danny Willett, England

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"He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably. He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow. I will refrain from commenting further until I know more about Dustin's condition."

The Masters starts in Augusta on Thursday with Johnson scheduled to play alongside fellow Americans Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the last group out.

(Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Steve Keating)

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