Johnson fears COVID has hit Masters hopes

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World No.1 Dustin Johnson fears he is going to be seriously underprepared for next week's Masters after being confined to his hotel room for 11 days because of a positive test for coronavirus.

Johnson was forced to miss out on playing the CJ Cup in Las Vegas and the Zozo Championship in California because of the test result.

The 36-year-old had finished in the top six in each of his previous five starts but now has just this week's Vivint Houston Open to get his game back in shape ahead of the year's final major at Augusta National, where he finished in a tie for second behind Tiger Woods last year.

"My health is good. The state of my game is undetermined," Johnson told a pre-tournament press conference at Memorial Park.

"It wasn't that bad (in) as far as I didn't get really sick. I felt like I had a cold for a few days and then after that I didn't - so I was pretty much asymptomatic.

"A little fatigue and things like that, but I couldn't really figure out if that was because I was stuck in a hotel room for like 11 days not doing anything or if it was COVID that made me feel that way.

"I didn't leave the room for 11 days, I was just laying around kind of doing nothing. I watched a lot of TV, but even then I ran out of stuff to watch. It was really boring.

"It definitely puts a wrench in your plans on what you were trying to do. Obviously I was planning on playing Shadow Creek and Sherwood, those two events. I had a lot more time off than I was planning on."

Major champions, including Australia's Adam Scott, will also be in the field.