|-20 D Johnson (US); -15 C Smith (Aus), S Im (Kor); -12 J Thomas (US); -11 R McIlroy (NI), D Frittelli (SA); -10 B Koepka (US), J Rahm (Spa)|
|Chosen others: -6 T Fleetwood (Eng); -5 J Rose (Eng); -4 I Poulter (Eng), D Willett (Eng); -3 B Langer (Ger); -2 B DeChambeau (US); -1 T Woods (US), P Casey (Eng), L Westwood (Eng)|
World primary Dustin Johnson received his first Masters by 5 strokes as he completed with a record-breaking low rating of 20 below par at Augusta.
The American posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to carry off Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy’s temporary cost got here too late as he finally completed 9 photographs again in tied fifth.
Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a ten on the par-three twelfth however recovered with 5 birdies to complete one below.
Pre-tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau, who received the US Open in September, endured an erratic week and a final-day 73 put him on two below par for the event.
World quantity three Justin Thomas completed fourth at 12 below after carding a two-under 70 on the ultimate day.
Johnson’s excellent efficiency throughout this unprecedented November staging of the Masters noticed him beat the report lowest successful rating of 18 below par set by Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.
“It is onerous. I used to be nervous all day. I may really feel it,” stated Johnson, who will defend his title in 5 months’ time when the Masters returns to its typical spot in April.
“The Masters is for me the most important event and the one I needed to win probably the most. I’m simply very pleased with the best way I dealt with myself and completed off the event.
“It nonetheless looks like a dream. As a child, I used to be dreaming about successful the Masters and having Tiger put the Inexperienced Jacket on you continue to looks like a dream.
“However I’m right here and what an incredible feeling it’s. I couldn’t really feel extra excited.”
He additionally turns into the primary world primary to win the event since Woods in 2002.
Smith, who completed tied for fifth in 2018, made historical past himself by changing into the primary participant to shoot all 4 of his rounds within the 60s at Augusta.
Imperious Johnson conquers Augusta
Johnson regarded comfy from the second he arrived at Magnolia Lane this week, joking with reporters his favorite Masters custom is the sandwiches. Pimento cheese? Simply all of them…
On track, nevertheless, the poker-faced American gave nothing away as he held off the sector to win his second main title, 4 years after his US Open victory, with barely a flicker of emotion.
Johnson had supplied the calm after Thursday’s electrical storms delayed play on an in any other case frantic leaderboard that briefly noticed 9 gamers tied for high spot on Saturday.
The muse for his victory was set with a gap 65 that gave him a share of the lead, and he carded one other 65 on Saturday to develop into the primary participant in Masters historical past to realize such a feat and be a part of Spieth as the one males to achieve 16 below par after three rounds.
He’s not a personality who would hype the group right into a frenzy like Woods final 12 months, neither is he one to play the pantomime villain like 2018 champion Patrick Reed, so it’s maybe well timed that Johnson’s first Inexperienced Jacket got here at a tranquil Augusta Nationwide with out patrons.
Not that the American would have been fazed by the roars that normally echo across the Augusta pines.
This was the world’s greatest participant serenely producing sensational golf on one of many recreation’s most iconic phases.
He made an incredible par-save at two and birdied the third however successive bogeys adopted because the spectacular 22-year-old Im and Smith, 27, utilized stress.
Johnson has beforehand didn’t win main titles on 4 events after holding a 54-hole lead, however his steely focus by no means wavered, even when his lead was reduce to 1 after 5 holes.
The 36-year-old recovered with a birdie on the par-three sixth as Im made his first bogey of the day and one other birdie at eight noticed Johnson lead Smith by two as he headed to the again 9.
Smith, within the group forward, had been scrambling fantastically however bogeyed 11 handy the chief a three-stroke benefit as soon as extra.
Johnson got here to Augusta having received the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and in nice kind regardless of lacking two tournaments whereas in quarantine after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
He efficiently negotiated Amen Nook with a birdie at 13 and made it three in a row by 14 and 15 to speed up to twenty below par.
There was lastly time for a beaming smile as he tapped in for par on the 18th to finish his spectacular victory to a smattering of applause from the fortunate few gathered around the inexperienced.
McIlroy’s problem comes too late
McIlroy posted three rounds within the 60s at Augusta this week, however they got here after the world quantity 5 had opened with a 75.
Had it not been for his struggles within the first around the 31-year-old would absolutely have been in competition for a primary Inexperienced Jacket and the prospect to develop into simply the sixth participant to win a profession Grand Slam.
After rounds of 66 and 67, the four-time main winner adopted up with a 69 on Sunday that included 4 birdies, a bogey and a formidable par-save after discovering the water at 15.
“I’ll look again on this week and rue what occurred,” he stated. “After the 75 I performed nicely, needed to shoot rating to be right here for the weekend and performed strong.
“I wasn’t actually take into consideration making an attempt to win the event. After I reached 11 below and DJ was at 15 below I believed ‘possibly’, however then the wind acquired up.
“Hopefully we get again to a traditional Masters in just a few months’ time, however I’ll attempt to undertake this perspective and this method.”
Tommy Fleetwood completed highest among the many English contingent at six below par, with two-time runner-up Justin Rose at 5 below and 2016 champion Danny Willett an additional stroke again alongside Ian Poulter.
Tiger’s imperfect 10
Woods returned to Augusta seeking to win a sixth Inexperienced Jacket however was out of competition by the point he teed of in Sunday’s ultimate spherical.
It didn’t cease the 15-time main champion producing one of the crucial exceptional moments of the event when he carded a ten on the par-three twelfth, ‘Golden Bell’.
Woods’ tee shot rolled again off the inexperienced into Rae’s Creek, as did his third after taking a drop, and he then discovered the legendary stream once more after catching his escape from the again bunker skinny.
However the 44-year-old then produced a sensational spell of 5 birdies in his ultimate six holes to signal for a four-over 76 and finish the week at one below par.
“That is not like every other sport by which you are so alone on the market and you must determine it out and you must combat and nobody goes to name in a sub and also you simply should determine it out, and I did coming in,” stated Woods.
“That is a part of our sport. That is what makes this recreation so distinctive and so troublesome mentally. We have all been there, sadly.”
A lot of the pre-tournament hype surrounded the big-hitting DeChambeau, however the US Open champion struggled to search out kind with rounds of 70, 74, 69 and 73.
The American did eagle the thirteenth on Sunday and made two birdies, however his spherical additionally included three bogeys and a double as he completed the event at two below par.
American Andy Ogletree, 22, claimed the low newbie prize.