Any time a golfer can break a file held by Tiger Woods, that is about pretty much as good because it will get.
That is what Dustin Johnson completed on the 2020 Masters. His 72-hole rating of 268 (20-under par) is the bottom such rating within the historical past of a match that is been performed 84 instances. It broke a mark beforehand held by Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Spieth (2015).
In October, it wasn’t even apparent whether or not Johnson would be capable of play at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership within the rescheduled Masters. Johnson examined optimistic for COVID-19 whereas getting ready for a match in Las Vegas, and he needed to isolate in his lodge room there for greater than every week. He could not put together how he would’ve preferred, solely returning to motion every week prior on the Houston Open. However when all was stated and carried out on the Masters, Johnson had earned the inexperienced jacket in a approach no golfer had ever carried out earlier than.
Johnson, thought to be a peaceful participant, appeared to embrace the peacefulness of an Augusta Nationwide with out patrons. It wasn’t his driving distance getting probably the most consideration previous to the match — that was Bryson DeChambeau’s. However whereas DeChambeau simply snuck by way of to the weekend on the reduce line, Johnson persistently smacked drives past 300 yards proper down the center of the Augusta fairways.
Regardless of Johnson’s world No. 1 rating, others have been the main target within the days previous the match and within the opening rounds. Tiger Woods was again as defending champion. Phil Mickelson performed nicely early in his first Masters since turning 50. Relative unknowns, like Dylan Frittelli and Sungjae Im, discovered themselves close to the highest of the leaderboard, together with the 63-year previous Bernhard Langer. Johnson’s tied-for-the-lead after the primary spherical may’ve nearly gone unnoticed.
There Johnson was once more after two rounds, tied for the lead, however with 4 different gamers, together with his top-three-in-the-world counterparts, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Johnson nonetheless wasn’t the focal point, so he went out on Saturday at Augusta and made certain nobody may overlook about him once more. Johnson shot a blistering 65 within the third spherical to get to 16-under par and enter the ultimate spherical with a four-shot cushion.
Whereas Johnson had by no means held onto a 54-hole lead at a serious in 4 earlier tries, his play Saturday did not go away a lot room for doubt. A failure to win would’ve been as epic a collapse as Johnson had ever put collectively.
Im and Cameron Smith made various levels of pursuits of Johnson on Sunday, however he by no means relinquished the lead. After solely hitting one of many first 4 fairways along with his driver, his straight-and-true drives returned to set him up for easy approaches. Often, these landed close to the pin, and even once they did not, Johnson put a pure placing stroke by way of the ball to erase any ideas of a blown lead.
That allowed Johnson to stroll up the 18th fairway along with his first Masters title and second main championship all however secured. There wasn’t the same old adoring crowd to unleash deafening roars for the golfer who had performed Augusta Nationwide higher than anybody ever had. And social media was already stuffed with these questioning whether or not Johnson’s course file ought to depend because it was shot in November and never April.
However Johnson would solely have to level to his scorecard after which look behind him on the man putting a inexperienced jacket on his shoulders. That will be Woods, he who first made Augusta his plaything again in 1997 in his personal first Masters victory. Woods’ 2019 Masters victory was surprising, an excellent shock. Johnson’s 2020 win, in breaking Woods and Spieth’s joint file, ought to’ve been something however.
For 4 days at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, a recovered-from-coronavirus Johnson left little question as to who the planet’s greatest golfer is.
Masters scoring file for 72 holes
Augusta Nationwide’s four-round par is 288 strokes.
- Dustin Johnson – 268 (2020)
- Tiger Woods – 270 (1997)
- Jordan Spieth – 270 (2015)
- Jack Nicklaus – 271 (1965)
- Ray Floyd – 271 (1976)
- Tiger Woods – 272 (2001)
- Phil Mickelson – 272 (2010)
- Patrick Reed – 273 (2018)
- 7 tied at 274 (Ben Hogan, Ben Crenshaw, David Duval, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler)