Dustin Johnson hints back injury was sustained in the bedroom during hilarious exchange with reporters
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Not all back injuries are made equal. Some can be caused by playing professional sports. Others can be caused by something as simple as reaching for your seatbelt. Dustin Johnson blamed an early year back injury for his slow start to the season, and said it was caused by, well, we should probably let him explain.
“What did you do to your back?” a reporter asked.
“Just pulled a muscle in my lower back,” Johnson said.
“Swinging a club or lifting up a kid?” the reporter followed up.
“Yeah, lifting up a kid, just a bigger kid,” Johnson said with a big smile.
The two-time major champion’s answer left media members at the PGA Championship fumbling for words, that is, after the laughter subsided. The rather strong suggestion being that Johnson injured his back in the bedroom, rather than on the golf course. Johnson is, of course, married to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina, who is frequently seen following Johnson at golf tournaments, as well as everywhere on social media.
Johnson explained that the injury was sustained before the Saudi International in February.
“I didn’t hit balls for a few weeks, until right before I went and played Mexico,” he said. “It’s just taken me a while to get back, get the patterns right and just get my body moving right. Developed some bad habits, and it’s just golf; things happen.”
Johnson arrives at the season’s second major championship in good form, coming off a win at LIV Tulsa, his first of the season and second of his LIV career.