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Dustin Johnson Takes Hard Fall Down Stairs, Might Not Play Masters

This year's favorite is now "hoping" to play on Thursday.

Dustin Johnson has reportedly taken a hard fall down a set of stairs and now his playing status for The Masters is in doubt.

The 32-year-old star golfer reportedly injured his lower back falling down the stairs at his rental home in Augusta, Ga.

Johnson is now resting and "hopes" to play the tournament, which begins on Thursday.

Johnson entered this week as the hottest golfer in the world and the prohibitive favorite to win The Masters. Per Vegas Insider, Johnson is the betting favorite at 5/1, with Jordan Spieth (13/2) and Rory McIlroy (8/1) trailing him.

The South Carolina native is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and has three tournament wins so far this year.

Johnson's best finish at The Masters came last year, when he tied for fourth.

The powerful golfer seemed primed to contend in this year's tournament with his long drives and thriving game. With the weather in Augusta supposed to be dicey this week, Johnson's chances of winning seemed even better as his long driving could be a serious asset in the wind and rain.

Thankfully, Johnson isn't scheduled to tee off until 2:03 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, the final tee time grouping of the day. So he has almost a 24-hour period to rest and heal from his apparent back injury.

Updates to come.