World No.1 Dustin Johnson believes he is closer than ever to recapturing the form which made him a strong favourite for the 2017 Masters.
But this time it is his brother and caddie Austin who has suffered an untimely injury after an incident with some stairs.
In 2017, Johnson was the clear favourite for the Masters after three successive wins, only to injure his back by falling down some stairs in his rented house in Augusta and be forced to withdraw without hitting a shot.
Two years on, the former US Open champion has two wins in his last five events and was fifth in the Players Championship on Sunday, after which his brother broke a bone in his hand after tripping up the stairs of Dustin's current house.
"He had a bit of a run-in with a pair of stairs, kind of like I did," Johnson told a pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Valspar Championship.
"Those stairs, man, they'll get you. He broke a bone in his hand. He was carrying the stuff in the house after TPC on Sunday night and slipped going up the stairs."
RIGHT: Johnson’s brother and caddie, Austin, has suffered an injury to his hand after slipping on stairs. PHOTO: Jamie Squire/Getty Images.
Johnson returned to Augusta in 2018 to record his third consecutive top-10 finish in the year's first major and feels he is almost back to the form he had in early 2017.
"I'm getting closer, for sure," the 34-year-old added.
"I feel like the swing's starting to feel a lot better. The shot patterns are starting to get more consistent.
"I mean back then that was probably the best form I've ever been in and getting injured, it's taken a while to get back to that form. But it's definitely the closest I've felt to that stage of my career."