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World number 1 Dustin Johnson wins his first ever green jacket taking out the Masters 2020.
In a surreal tournament all sort of records were being set and broken at the same time.
Due to covid, The Masters is traditionally played around April each year so the course played very different this time around. The other unusal site was that there were no galleries or crowds. Each time every year spectators from around the world would converge on arguably the best golf tournament in the world but this year, apart from members of Augusta National, there were no crowds cheering for the golfers.
Johnson started the day with a 4 shot lead but had Cameron Smith, Sunglae Im and Abraham Ancer right behinh him at 12 under.
Smith and Im were quick the close the gap as they both birided the 2nd and 3rd but Johnson replied with a birdie of his own on the 3rd. The margin was then closed to one as Johnson bogeyed the 4th and 5th hole but once again responded with another birdie on the 6th.
From there it was a master class of how to play Augusta National with a lead. Like Tiger like year Johnson was surperb and from the 7th hole in was 4 under the card and strung 3 birdies in a row from the 13th to seal the tournament.
Im and Smith both finished at 15 under and were both tied for 2nd. Smith was the first player in history to record 4 rounds in the 60’s and not win.
On his way to victory, Johnson broke the scoring record by 2 shots and it also tied the lowest score in major championship history. He had the fewest bogeys to win the Masters and hit the most greens as th winner, 60 of the 72.
After the round Johnson reflected back on his achievement:
“Obviously growing up in Columbia, in high school, I hit a lot of golf balls at Weed Hill,” he said in a rare reflective moment. “So definitely remember hitting up there in the dark. They had lights on the range, and most nights I would shut the lights off when I was leaving.”
“Yeah, growing up, that was all it was, as a kid, you dream of playing in the Masters, and dream about putting on a green jacket,” he said. “Still kind of think it's a dream, but hopefully, it's not.”
“I dream of winning a lot of majors. Just hadn’t quite happened yet,” he said. “Hopefully this one will help, though, give me a little spring.
“The first major’s the hardest, but then I would say the second one is just as hard. They’re all difficult to win. It’s just hard to get it done in a major for some reason.
“So it’s very nice to have a lead and then play well on Sunday and get the win. I couldn’t be more happy and I think I look pretty good in green, too.”