The Masters

The Masters

Updated November 16, 2020 at 7:05 AM CT

Dustin Johnson wins the 2020 Masters 

- Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

      In this one-of-a-kind Masters, Dustin Johnson polished off his five-shot victory Sunday with the lowest score in tournament history.

 Johnson spoke to a small gathering on the green in the bright sunlight, with no official ceremony, typically held at dusk.

He couldn’t speak when it was over. Instead, he turned to wipe his eyes.

“I’ve never had this much trouble gathering myself,” Johnson finally said. “On the golf course, I’m pretty good at it.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first Masters played in November. It was the first without ropes and without roars because patrons were not allowed, only one guest for each player, coaches, Augusta National members and officials.

Leading by two shots heading into Amen Corner, the world’s No. 1 player got through the 12th hole - where Tiger Woods earlier hit three balls in Rae’s Creek and made 10 - and then ran off three straight birdies to pull away from Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im, the only players who had a chance.

Johnson closed with a 4-under 68 and finished at 20-under 268, breaking by two shots the record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

He had only four bogeys in 72 holes, another record, this one held by Jack Nicklaus and Jimmy Demaret. He missed only 12 greens all week, a record last set by Woods.

“Having Tiger put it on was awesome. You wouldn’t want it any other way,” Johnson said. And then he smiled before adding, “But any guy could put it on me and I’d be just fine.”

His five-shot victory was the largest at the Masters since Woods won by 12 in 1997. All that was missing were the roars from a crowd for any of his pivotal putts early and his birdie putts on the back nine that put it away.

Johnson now has two majors to go along with his 25 victories worldwide, a combination that validates him as one of the greats of his generation.

Four times he had gone into the final round with at least a share of the lead without winning. Johnson had questions, too. His only major was the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2016 when he rallied from four shots behind.

“I’m sure a lot of you all think ... there were doubts in my mind, just because I had been there. I’m in this position a lot of times,” Johnson said. “When am I going to have the lead and finishing off a major? It definitely proved that I can do it.”

He became the first player in Masters history to post all four rounds in the 60s, and all it got him was a silver medal.

“I thought I’d have a decent shot if I got to Dustin’s original score at the start of the day, 16 under,” Smith said. “I knew I had to put the pressure on early. Got out of the gates pretty good and DJ was just too good at the end.”

Johnson became the 12th Masters champion to never trail after any round, and his closing 68 broke another record held by Woods - it was his 11th consecutive subpar round at Augusta National.

No one had a better finish than Woods, but only after the five-time Masters champion posted the highest score of his career on the 12th hole. He finished with five birdies over the last six holes to salvage a 76.

Bryson DeChambeau fell apart after day one, and ended Sunday shooting a 72.

Johnson, the first No. 1 player in the world to win the Masters since Woods in 2002.

The average score for the week was 71.75, the lowest ever, breaking the record from last year.

The next Masters is in April 2021.

Previous champions

2019 - Tiger Woods (-13)

2018 - Patrick Reed (-15)

2017 - Sergio Garcia (-9)

2016 - Danny Willett (-5)

2015 - Jordan Spieth (-18)

2014 - Bubba Watson (-8)

2013 - Adam Scott (-9)

2012 - Bubba Watson (-10)

2011 - Charl Schwartzel (-14)

2010 - Phil Mickelson (-16)


Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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