High-ranked Dustin Johnson shook off an early stumble to win the Masters in record-breaking vogue on Sunday, capturing his second main title with the bottom whole rating within the event’s historical past.
The 36-year-old American, who grew up solely an hour’s drive north of Augusta Nationwide, turned the primary reigning world primary to seize the inexperienced jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002.
Johnson, whose different main victory got here on the 2016 US Open, fired a closing four-under-par 68 to complete on a 72-hole Masters file 20-under-par for a five-stroke overcome South Korean Im Sung-jae and Australian Cameron Smith.
Johnson smashed the outdated 72-hole Masters mark of 18-under 270 set by Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Third-ranked American Justin Thomas was fourth on 276, one stroke forward of fifth-ranked Rory McIlroy and South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli.
Johnson, who started with a four-shot edge, had by no means transformed a 54-hole main lead right into a title, stumbling on the 2010, 2015 and 2018 US Opens and in August’s PGA Championship, the place he settled for a runner-up spot.
That hex ended Sunday, however not with out some early drama as Johnson, runner-up in three of the previous six majors together with the 2019 Masters, noticed his lead trimmed to 1.
After curling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 third, Johnson made back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and par-3 sixth, ending a run of 33 bogey-free holes.
Im birdied the second and third to face just one adrift on 14-under, however he light with bogeys on the par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh.
Johnson responded with six-foot birdie putts on the sixth and par-5 eighth to achieve 17-under, stretching his hole to 3 on Smith, 4 on Im.
Johnson was unflappable from there with lethal accuracy and consistency.
He sank a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 thirteenth and a six-footer to birdie the 14th to achieve 19-under, seizing a five-shot edge with 4 holes remaining.
“DJ has simply an incredible potential to remain calm in powerful moments,” Woods mentioned. There’s no yet another suited to that, I believe, than DJ.”
Johnson sank a five-foot birdie putt on the par-3 sixteenth and parred in for his twenty fourth profession PGA title, his 4 bogeys on the week the fewest of any Masters champion.
Im was making an attempt to develop into the primary Masters debut winner since 1979 and solely the second male Asian main winner after compatriot Yang Yong-eun captured the 2009 PGA Championship.
Smith, a 27-year-old from Brisbane chasing his first main crown, closed on 69 and settled for changing into the primary participant in Masters historical past to shoot all 4 rounds within the 60s.
4-time main winner Rory McIlroy, needing a inexperienced jacket to finish a profession Grand Slam, went three-under on the entrance 9 however made bogey on 10 and by no means threatened Johnson.
McIlroy, unable to recuperate from a first-round 75, took some solace after a sixth failed try to finish the profession Slam.
“I didn’t have an excellent begin however over the past 54 holes, solely two bogeys, a variety of nice golf in there,” McIlroy mentioned. “Not overthinking it as a lot may very well be the important thing for me.”
Defending champion Woods discovered Rae’s Creek 3 times on his approach to a septuple-bogey 10 on the par-3 twelfth, his worst rating ever on a significant gap. He responded with birdies on 5 of the final six holes to shut on 76 and end on 287.
“Hit just a few too many photographs than I needed,” Woods mentioned. “Had much more experiences there in Rae’s Creek.”
The 15-time main winner, a five-time Masters champion, matched his finest Augusta begin with a 68 however again ache doomed his bid for a sixth inexperienced jacket.
Germany’s Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion and at 63 the oldest participant to make any Masters lower, fired a 71 to complete on 285.
That was one stroke higher than US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who closed on 73, by no means coming near overpowering Augusta Nationwide as some feared. He struggled with dizziness, testing unfavorable Friday for Covid-19.
“I had some bizarre issues occur to me I simply couldn’t forsee,” DeChambeau mentioned. “I’ve obtained to repair this dizziness or no matter is occurring. I’ve obtained to get wholesome initially.”
American Andy Ogletree closed on 72 to complete as low newbie on 286.
There have been no spectators to offer trademark Masters roars as a result of Covid-19 pandemic that postponed the occasion from its normal April slot.
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