Charley Hoffman takes four-shot lead after first round of the Masters


He knows what is going to happy, so he just has to go out and do it and I thought Phil played pretty well.

Johnson was due to have joined two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and 2016 PGA Championship victor Jimmy Walker in the day's final group.

He was clearly in pain, rubbing his back several times and letting his caddie tee up the ball so he didn't have bend over.

After months of buildup, it certainly wasn't what fans expected at the year's first Grand Slam gathering; but in Johnson and Spieth's defense they weren't the only stars who didn't exactly deliver on Day 1.

His intention was to play. It feels good when I'm on the greens and on the tees and hitting shots into the green. "I look forward to this tournament every year. And to have a freak accident happen (Wednesday) afternoon after I got back from the course, it's tough". No Masters victor has ever made worse than 7 on a hole during the tournament and it's safe to say that Spieth will not be winning the tournament this year.

Johnson was still trying to digest the last 24 hours, as shocking as any for a No. 1 player going into a major.

Hoffman tees off at 10:01 a.m.

Johnson went the opposite way. "I kept hitting my spots and in the wind I ended up getting 20 footers and I got some of them down the stretch", Hoffman said. I couldn't get through a backswing. As I was making some swings on the range, it was about 80 percent.

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"I can make some swings". He is in great shape to pursue his fourth green jacket.

Just under 24 hours before the world's No. 1 player was to set out in search of a fourth straight victory, he was headed downstairs at the home he is renting to move his auto in a downpour when he slipped while wearing socks and landed on his left elbow and lower back.

"It would have been better if it was full set of stairs".

"It s very hard conditions and borderline (unplayable)", he said after returning a three-over 75. "But there were only three steps".

"So I didn't take my medicine, and hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off".

In fact, if it had happened earlier in the week, he probably would've been able to play.

He had been scheduled to attend the Golf Writers Association of America annual dinner Wednesday night to accept its award as male player of the year.

Hoffman, with one top-10 finish this year, put together a run of four birdies over the back nine to open an impressive lead over fellow American William McGirt.

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The world No. 1 "seriously injured" his lower back on the eve of the first round when he fell on a staircase at the house he's staying at this week.

It was even more surreal for Dustin Johnson.

Johnson, not a doctor, thinks he'll be OK in two days.

McGirt, who qualified for his first Masters by winning the Memorial a year ago, thought he had a good omen when he saw Jack Nicklaus on Wednesday and the six-time Masters champion told him that Augusta and Muirfield Village had enough similarities that McGirt would be fine.

The Northern Irishman needs a win this week to complete the collection of golf's four major titles.

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