Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson wins at Augusta on record 20 under par

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-20 D Johnson (USA); -15 C Smith (Aus), S Im (Kor); -12 J Thomas (USA); -11 R McIlroy (NI), D Frittelli (SA) ; -10 B Koepka (USA), J Rahm (Spa) Selected 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)

Dustin Johnson, the number one in the world, won his first Masters title with five strokes when he finished with a record-breaking low score of 20 under par at Augusta.

The American placed a four-under 68 on Sunday around Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea & # 39; s Sungjae Im.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy's brief attack came too late as he ended up finishing nine shots in a tie for fifth place.

Defending champion Tiger Woods had a 10 out of three par three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish one under.

Pre-tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau, who won the US Open in September, went through an erratic week and a final-day 73 put him two under par for the tournament.

World number three Justin Thomas finished fourth on 12th bottom after taking a two-under 70 on the final day. ]

Johnson & # 39; s outstanding performance at this unprecedented November staging of the Masters saw him beat the record lowest winning score of 18 below par by Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015 .

"It's hard. I was nervous all day. I could feel it," said Jo Hnson, who will defend his title in five months when the Masters return to their usual place.

"The Masters is the biggest tournament for me and the thing I wanted to win the most. I'm just very proud of the way I treated myself and finished the tournament.

"It still feels like a dream. As a kid I dreamed of winning the Masters and Tiger put on the Green Jacket, it still feels like a dream.

"But I'm here and what a great feeling it is. I couldn't feel more excited."

He's also becoming the first number one in the world to win the tournament since Woods in 2002.

Smith, who tied for fifth place in 2018, made history himself by becoming the first player to play in the 60s all four rounds on Augusta's lap.

Imperious Johnson Conquers Augusta

Johnson looked comfortable from the moment he arrived at Magnolia Lane this week, joking with reporters. His favorite master tradition is the sandwiches . Pimento cheese? Just all …

Of course, the poker-faced American didn't give anything away when he stayed off the field to win his second major title, four years after his US Open win , with hardly a hint of emotion.

Johnson had brought the peace after Thursday's electrical storms delayed play on an otherwise hectic leaderboard that briefly tied nine players for first place on Saturday.

The foundation for his victory was laid with an opening 65 that gave him some of the lead, and he had another 65 on Saturday to become the first player in history. to become the Masters who accomplished something like that, joining Spieth as the only men to reach 16 under par after three rounds.

He's not a character who would throw the crowd into a frenzy like Woods was last year, nor is he one to play the pantomime villain like 2018 champion Patrick Reed, so it may come at the right time that Johnson & # 39; s first Green Jacket arrived at a quiet Augusta National with no patrons.

Not that the American would have been surprised by the roar that usually reverberates around the Augusta pines.

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This was the world's best player to serenely produce sensational golf on one of the game's most iconic stages.

He made a great par-save at two and birdied the third but consecutive bogeys followed when the impressive 22-year-old Im and the Australian Smith applied pressure.

Johnson has previously won no major titles four times after a 54-hole lead. but his icy focus never wavered, even when his lead was cut after five holes.

The 36-year-old recovered with a birdie on the par-three sixth when I took his first bogey of the day and another birdie at eight saw Johnson lead Smith with two then he drove to the back nine.

Smith, in the group ahead, had scrambled superbly, but had a bogeyman to give the leader another three-stroke advantage.

Johnson came to Augusta after winning the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and in excellent shape despite missing two tournaments while in quarantine after a positive test on Covid-19 .

He successfully negotiated Amen Corner with a birdie on 13 and made three in a row through 14 and 15 to accelerate to 20 under par.

There was finally time for a beaming smile as he came in for par on 18th to complete his impressive win to a small round of applause from the lucky reds around the green.

McIlroy & # 39; s Challenge Comes Too Late

McIlroy posted three rounds this week in Augusta, but they came after the world's number five opened with a 75.

Had it not been for his fight in the first round, the 31-year-old would certainly compete for a first Green Jacket and the chance to become just the sixth player who won a Grand Slam in his career.

After rounds of 66 and 67, the four-time winner followed on Sunday with a 69, including four birdies, a bogey and an impressive par-save after hitting the water on 15.

"I'll look back on this week and realize what happened," he said. "After 75 I played well, had to get a good score to be here for the weekend and played solid.

" I didn't really think about winning the tournament . When I reached 11 below and DJ 15 below I thought 'maybe' but then the wind rose.

"Hopefully we'll get back to normal Masters in a few months." but I'm going to try to take this attitude and this approach. "

Tommy Fleetwood finished top of the English contingent six under par, second place twice. Justin Rose five under and 2016 champion Danny Willett one more stroke back alongside Ian Poulter.

Tiger & # 39; s Imperfect 10

Woods returned to Augusta in search of a sixth Green Jacket but was out of action by the time he entered the Sunday's last round ended.

It didn't stop the 15-time great champion from producing one of the most remarkable moments of the tournament when he took a 10 in the par-three Golden Bell.

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Woods & # 39; tee shot rolled back off the green to Rae & # 39; s Creek, just like his third after taking a drop, and he recovered the water after being cut from a bunker.

The 44-year-old then produced a sensational spell of five birdies in his last six holes to sign for a four-over-76, finishing the week under par.

"This is unlike any other sport where you are so alone and you have to figure it out and you have to fight and no one will deploy a submarine and you just have to find out, and I came in, ā€¯Woods said.

"That's part of our sport. That's what makes this game so unique and so mentally difficult. We've all been there unfortunately."

Much of the pre-tournament hype surrounded the big hit DeChambeau, but the US Open champion struggled to form this week with rounds of 70, 74, 69 and 73.

The American eagle the 13th on Sunday and made two birdies, but his round also included three bogeys and a double as he finished the tournament with two under par. ]

American Andy Ogletree, 22, claimed the low amateur price.

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