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World No. 1 Johnson plans to return next month

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 06: Dustin Johnson of the United States walks to the clubhouse after announcing his withdrawl during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

The 32-year-old American, who missed the Masters because of a back injury, is set to play in the event from May 4-7 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tournament officials confirmed Johnson’s entry on Thursday.

Johnson injured his back in a tumble down some stairs just before the start of the Masters. He practiced prior to the opening round, but decided he could not play.

Johnson had been among the favorites to win the Masters after winning three consecutive events.

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