Dustin Johnson Captures Second Major at 2020 Masters

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson is the 2020 Masters champion.

The World No. 1 captured his second major, shooting a final round 68 and recording the lowest 72-hole score in Masters history (268).

Johnson entered Sunday with a four-shot lead, after a record-setting 54 holes. He became the first golfer to shoot multiple 65’s in a single Masters, while tying Jordan Spieth (2015) for the lowest 54-hole score (200). Johnson became the fifth golfer to shoot 14-under or better after 54 holes. The previous five went to win and Johnson became a part of that list on Sunday.

The 36-year-old opened his Masters final round with a birdie on the short par-4 third hole. But with back-to-back bogeys on the difficult fourth and fifth holes, Johnson’s four-shot lead was reduced to just one. Before his dropped shot on the fourth, Johnson hadn’t recorded a bogey in 33 straight holes.

Johnson erased the two bogeys on the front 9 with birdies on holes six and eight. With Australian Cameron Smith’s three-under front 9, Johnson entered the backstretch of holes at Augusta National with a two-shot lead.

His first test came at the first hole of Amen Corner, the par-4 11th, where he made a medium length par putt. Then, on the par-3 12th, Johnson aimed to the center of the green, safely making his tee shot over Rae’s Creek.

After a par on 12, Johnson played it safe laying up on the par-5 13th, where he ended up making a curling birdie putt.

With birdies at 14 and 15, Johnson became the first player to reach 20-under at the Masters in the tournament’s history.

With the win, Johnson now has 24 PGA Tour wins, tying nine-time major champion Gary Player and Macdonald Smith. He joins several Hall-of-Fame golfers to win both the Masters and U.S. Open, such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer. After four previous unsuccessful attempts, Johnson converted his first major championship with a 54-hole lead.

Johnson came into The Masters missing some time away from golf after contracting COVID-19. However, at Augusta National, a place where he finished runner-up a year ago, Johnson looked like a World No. 1. In a year where he won the FedEx Cup and now has his second major, Johnson is etched into the annals of golf history, continuing to grow his Hall-of-Fame legacy.


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