Dustin Johnson crowned Masters winner

Ronan Macnamara

Tiger Woods presents Dustin Johnson with the famous Green Jacket.

Dustin Johnson cruised to a 5 shot win to claim his first Master’s title in record-breaking fashion.

The world number one broke the scoring record as he finished on 20 under par. Johnson rarely looked out of third gear all week.

The title looked in doubt as Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith asked big questions early on Sunday, but Johnson had the answers.

Previously he may have wilted after back-to-back bogeys on 4 and 5 but he responded with a towering iron shot to set up a birdie on 6. Further birdies on 8, 13, 14 and 15 pushed his lead out to five with three to play. The win was secured long before he nonchalantly strolled up 18 in front of a limited number of people.

It was an incredibly patient performance from the American, who had the least amount of bogeys all week (4). He blitzed the field in strokes gained tee to green gaining 13.8 strokes on the field. This was highlighted by finding all 14 fairways in round 3 along with some terrific iron and wedge play across all four rounds.

His wedge play was a key factor as he took advantage of Augusta’s receptive greens. His 60 greens hit was the most hit by any player since Tiger Woods in 2001.

Rory McIlroy endured another ‘nearly’ week in a major competition. A calamitous 75 in round one left him with too much to do. A tale is all too familiar of late, as he let the shackles off to finish in the top 5 without contending.

The November Masters was an acoustic version of what we’re used to. The roars that echo around hole 13, 15, and 16 were replaced by muted claps from club members and media representatives. There were no blooming azaleas or dogwoods this year, as pink and white colours were replaced by rusty shades of brown and green.

There was plenty to cheer about from home throughout the week. The evergreen Bernhard Langer at 63 years old, made the cut and lead the field in driving accuracy. He also finished higher than Bryson DeChambeau, who claimed Augusta was a “par 67” for him. Interestingly, that was also the score Johnson averaged.

While the echoing roars from the soundboards of Augusta were absent this week, we were treated to a plethora of fantastic shots. Sungjae Im produced a clinic on chipping and pitching, while Ireland’s Shane Lowry produced the shot of the week as he chipped in on 14 from a difficult position.

Dustin Johnson won’t have long to dwell on his Masters’ victory, as the tournament is due totake place in its normal April slot in 2021.

Ronan Macnamara

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