AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dustin Johnson has had a lot of strange luck in major championships, but he had never before been beaten by a staircase.
Johnson, the top-ranked golfer in the world who came to Augusta National on a three-tournament winning streak, slipped on the stairs at his rental house on Wednesday afternoon and made it as far as the first tee on Thursday afternoon before deciding he could not go in the 81st Masters.
“For me to pull out, it sucks really bad,” said the laconic 32-year-old from Columbia, S.C., in a television interview. “I’m really sad.”
Johnson, who was the first player in more than 40 years to win three straight prior to the Masters, said he was wearing…