Tiger Woods, champion of the 2019 edition, was in charge of putting the green jacket on the world number 1
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Dustin Johnson , world number one in golf, won his first Augusta Masters on Sunday with the best score (20 under par) in the history of this iconic Grand Slam tournament. The American, who has the second Major trophy of his career after the 2016 US Open, became the first number one to triumph at the Augusta National since Tiger Woods in 2002.
Five strokes away were Australian Cameron Smith and South Korean rookie Im Sung -jae tied, while title-defending Tiger Woods plunged to a shared 38th place Sunday after hitting the worst hole of his career. For his part, the Spanish Jon Rahm , world number two, finished in the group in seventh place and the Mexican Abraham Ancer , who started the last day in second place, fell to 13th place.
The 36-year-old Johnson was a four-shot favorite into the final round, and on the final round he put on a display of character as he recovered from a poor start. Two consecutive bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes dropped his lead to just two strokes over Smith.
But the North American, who in the past missed the victory in the last round in four Major tournaments, scared away those ghosts with five birdies that drove him to a card of 68 shots and a total of 268 (-20), the best score ever. achieved in the 84 editions of the Masters .
Dustin Johnson celebrated with his partner after putting on his green jacket (Reuters)
“Honestly, it still seems like a dream to me. When I was a child I dreamed of winning the Masters and that Tiger would wear the green jacket, it seems like a dream (…) I could not be more excited “, said the world number one, adding:” I am very proud of the way in which I handled myself in the field (…) It was a difficult day, it is always difficult in a 'Major', no matter how well you play, it is just as difficult ”.
For his part, Cameron Smith acknowledged: “I knew I had to put pressure on him soon, but (Johnson) was too good in the end.”
Johnson's partner, Paulina Gretzky , ran to congratulate the champion as soon as he finished his last hole at Augusta National , where for the first time in history there were no spectators present due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the contest was delayed this year from April to November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
268 – Dustin Johnson 65-70-65-68
273 – Im Sung-jae (KOR) 66-70-68-69, Cameron Smith (AUS) 67-68-69-69
276 – Justin Thomas 66-69-71-70
277 – Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 65-73-67-72, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 75-66-67-69
278 – CT Pan (TPE) 70-66-74-68, Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-66-72-71, Brooks Koepka 70-69-69-70
With information from AFP