Dustin Johnson was our GolfLink pick to win the 2020 Masters and today he did it in a record-setting round. He clinched his Green Jacket and his second major (after 2016’s U.S. Open) by taming Augusta National with a 4th round score of 4-under 68.
He stayed completely calm as Tiger Woods put on his Green Jacket, only showing emotion while getting interviewed after his big win. Known for being a very steady player who doesn’t get carried away by highs and lows, he offered up a clinical performance with only a handful of mistakes, from which he quickly bounced back.
How Did Johnson Play the Front 9 of Round 4?
He came into the Final Round with a 4 stroke lead, and managed to extend that to a 5 stroke lead. He struggled on No. 4 and No. 5, where he hit into the bunker off the tee and bogeyed both holes.
Johnson quickly recovered on No. 6 with a birdie, and from there, he drove the ball well to the house. He set another record with just 4 bogeys during the 72-hole tournament, the fewest in Masters Tournament history. He all but put the competition awaywith his birdie on No. 15.
Competition from Smith and Im
Cameron Smith of Queensland, Australia came close to closing the gap on the front 9, where he came as close as 2 strokes under Johnson, then Johnson birdied No. 8 to secure his 3 stroke lead. Smith set a record of his own as the first player in Masters history to post four rounds in the 60s..
Smith and Sungjae Im of Korea tied for second place at 15-under. Justin Thomas landed in 4th at 12-under and Rory McIlroy and Dylan Frittelli tied for 5th at 11-under. Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who was tied for 3rd place at the end of Round 3 with Smith and Im, stumbled early on and ended up at T13 at 8-under.
Fan Favorites Woods and DeChambeau Falter
In 2019, it was the Par 3 12th that made his opponents falter. This year, Woods struggled on “Golden Bell” in Round 4 taking a 10 after rinsing a few shots in the water, Tiger ended the tournament at T38 at 4-over. Betting favorite Bryson DeChambaeu eagled No. 13, but had a poor showing at Augusta National overall. He ended up at T34 at 2-under.
With just five months to go until the next Masters in April 2021, there’s excitement in the air as everyone wonders if DeChambeau can make up for this year’s poor performance, or if Im and Smith will challenge again.