Oh my! Dustin Johnson fell down stairs yesterday and hurt his back! I mean really; on the eve of The Masters! Man does that change the odds at Augusta. I feel for Johnson because this is the most inopportune time for fate to raise its ugly head.
The Masters is tough enough without trying to compete with an injury; especially if it is your back. Now Johnson is likely going to try to play, but if his injuries are as bad as suggested, he likely will not make it through until Sunday. This is very unfortunate, but such is the misfortunes of professional athletes.
Another challenge will be the weather. At the time of writing this article, there is a Tornado Watch in Georgia. Thursday and Friday will be windy and cold. But come Saturday and Sunday, the temperature rises to 21° C and 25° C, respectively, with plenty of sun. So, if the players can get make it through to the cut, the weather should be less of a factor as The Masters unfolds. If the wind blows and the weather is terrible as they forecast for Thursday and Friday, I wonder if the European players like Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett will have the advantage. I think they just might.
Before being chased off the course due to bad weather at the par 3 contest, I have to give a big shout out to fellow Canadian Mike Weir. Here is why:
Already The Masters is shaping up to be exciting and eventful. There are many more intriguing stories waiting to reveal themselves and now it is a matter of time. Most golfing fanatics, like myself, have waited 350+ days for the Honorary Starters to hit the first balls at Augusta. This year’s starters, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, will be a legend short – Arnold Palmer. I am sure he will be watching the festivities and in true gentlemanly fashion wishing everyone good luck.
I am a grateful golfer. See you on the links!