After taking a share of the lead at the end of day two, Dustin Johnson cruised to his first green jacket and second Major. After finishing second last year to Tiger Woods, it must be an amazing feeling to have Tiger Woods pass the baton. The Masters, in my opinion, the pinnacle of any professional golfers career. This highlight is only accentuated for Dustin Johnson because he also holds the record for lowest total score in tournament history (taken from Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth). It is a great day for DJ and it is well deserved.
Johnson cruised to a final score of 20 under by hitting fairways and staying in play throughout his round. He hit many solid shots that are indicative of a course management strategy employed my countless past champions.
DJ’s lesson for all amateurs would be to play shots you can confidently execute, play with confidence, and stay focused on each shot. His cool demeanour, almost lackadaisical, is something that continues to intrigue me. Depending on the player, emotions can be a help or hinderance; in Johnson’s case they appear non-existent. However, we know that he is like a duck where he is calm on the surface, but their feet are moving like crazy.
On a side note, before the start of the final round, I thought the grouping of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and Tommy Fleetwood was going to be the group to watch. I like these three players and following them around Augusta National would have been awesome. As it turned out, they played very well and the crowds would have been impressed! Also a bit shout out to Cameron Smith for shooting four rounds in the 60s!
Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on winning the 2020 Masters. It is well deserved and long overdue. Enjoy the moment.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!