Dustin Johnson's brother and caddie, Austin, in a sling after falling on stairs
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Dustin Johnson’s brother and caddie, Austin, in a sling after falling on stairs

Two years ago, Dustin Johnson missed the Masters after a injury suffered while slipping down a flight of steps in his Augusta rental home.

Now, just a few weeks out from the 2019 Masters, Dustin's brother and caddie, Austin, finds himself in a cast and sling just weeks before the year's first major. And Austin can blame it on a run-in with steps at the unofficial fifth major.

Austin Johnson was injured when he broke a bone in his hand while going up some stairs after finishing up at TPC Sawgrass last weekend, where Dustin Johnson finished tied for fifth in his first-ever top-10 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

"He was carrying the stuff in the house after TPC on Sunday night. And slipped going up the stairs," Dustin said.

Austin is still good to go, and he'll be looping this week at the Valspar Championship near Tampa, where Johnson is making his added start this year as required by the PGA Tour's rules and regulations.

The 20-time PGA Tour winner, who is known for his dry sense of humor, put it all into perspective, saying, "Those stairs, man. They’ll get you."

Dustin Johnson is a man wiser than his years. Meanwhile, Johnson looks for a second win this season as he seeks to fine-tune his game before trying for a second major title at Augusta National. It's been nearly three years since Johnson won his lone major championship to date, seizing the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

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