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2017 Masters: Dustin Johnson expected to take swings and play after back injury scare

By The Sports Xchange
2017 Masters: Dustin Johnson expected to take swings and play after back injury scare
Dustin Johnson drives his tee shot at the 12th hole of the final round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, on June 19, 2016. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Dustin Johnson's trainer told Golf Digest that the world's top-ranked golfer is making progress toward being able to play in The Masters on Thursday, one day removed from injuring his lower back while falling down stairs.

Multiple reports now list Johnson as active for the tournament, and that he will attempt to play with his recent back injury.

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"We got him to the point where he got mobility," Joey Diovisalvi told Golf Digest on Thursday morning. "He was up and moving around and definitely going in the right direction. He was very much in an under-control point going to bed last night.

"He was walking around, a lot more mobility, took a couple of practice swings slowly without a club."

Johnson, who is the reigning U.S. Open champion, is scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. ET.

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