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April 8, 2017 - 7:25pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Charley Hoffman opened the door for loads of the game's biggest names with a crushing double bogey on the 16th hole in the third round of the Masters.

Charley Hoffman had been in control of the 81st Masters for most of the week, the table set by his amazing 7-under 65 which was the best score of the blustery first round by four shots.

That all changed on the par-3 16th hole in Saturday's third round. He led by a shot at 6 under when he reached the tee.

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When he walked off, Hoffman trailed by a shot, making double bogey on the hole when his tee shot found the water:

That right there was the only water ball of the day at the 16th. And what terrible timing for Hoffman.

That opened up a can of worms for some of the biggest names in golf -- Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, in particular -- who were just waiting for Hoffman to make a blunder.

When the third round ended, Hoffman's even-par 72 left him at 4 under and two shots out of the lead going into what is sure to be an epic final day of the 2017 Masters.

April 6, 2017 - 2:10pm
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Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters one minute before his 2:03 tee time on Thursday.

After a mishap that happened at the absolute worst time -- 3 p.m. on the eve of the Masters -- Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, has withdrawn from the Masters.

Roughly 23 hours ago, Johnson slipped on some stairs at his Augusta, Ga., rental home and landed on his lower back.

While it was reported that his condition seemed to be improving throughout Thursday, things changed when he arrived at Augusta National to prepare for his opening round.

Johnson spent time on the driving range with his brother/caddie, Austin, and coach Butch Harmon.

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He took a couple of breaks to get treatment on his back, according to Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

Johnson then returned to the range to hit longer iron shots and driver, but it was clear he didn't have the fire power we're used to seeing from one of the game's longest players.

At 2:02 p.m. EDT, just one minute before his 2:03 p.m. tee time with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker, Johnson decided to withdraw.

In 2014, Tiger Woods was the No. 1-ranked player in the world and was also forced to miss the Masters.

ESPN reported that Johnson said one in every three swings hurt him at impact. He expects to be fine in 2-3 days, but did not want to risk further issues by giving it a go at the Masters.

Here's the moment Johnson decided to withdraw: