Dustin Johnson injures back ahead of the Masters

    Dustin Johnson plays a shot from a bunker on the 10th hole during a practice round before the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

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    • Dustin Johnson took a "serious fall" on a staircase Wednesday, his agent/manager says
    • Johnson still hopes to play in the Masters, which starts Thursday

    (CNN)Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked golfer in the world, suffered a back injury Wednesday, the day before the start of the Masters Tournament.

    Johnson's first-round tee time is 2:03 p.m. ET Thursday. He hopes to play, according to his agent/manager David Winkle.
      "At roughly 3 p.m. today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home," Winkle said in an emailed statement. "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."
      Winkle said he would not comment further until he knew more about Johnson's condition.