Dustin Johnson He did not fail on the last day and managed to found his first green jacket by winning the Augusta Masters with a historical card of -20, the best in the history of the tournament with which he broke the record of Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Spieth (2015). Jon Rahm didn’t have his day and finished with -10 in seventh place.
He had started the day with the green jacket on and it was only up to Dustin Johnson to return it at the end of the final day at the Augusta Masters. Initially, he alternated a birdie on hole three with a bogey on hole four. He maintained the spectacular -16. In his favor, the Mexican Ancer paraded with two consecutive bogeys (-10). Against him, the Australian Smith had started strong and was -13 on the fifth hole. But the one who held the pulse the most the South Korean In, who had recovered the inspiration of the first day and he was two shots behind Johnson with -14.
The Masters was a matter of three from the beginning: Johnson, In and Smith. The rest of the pursuers were already too far away, even though the world’s number one dropped to -15 after two straight bogeys. While, Jon Rahm closed his first third of the tour at par Augusta with a -9 that took him away from the miracle. His slump on the third day, which had been the leader, had cost him losing all his options to fight for the green jacket.
Dustin Johnson corrected his mistakes with a birdie on the 6th hole, which put him back with -16, while the Korean In missed an easy putt and fell to -13, while Smith, the third contender in contention for the Augusta Masters green jacket, made an impossible birdie to climb to – 14. Behind, McIlroy continued his climb to place fourth with -11 after starting the first day with the +3 slab.
A rock named Dustin Johnson
Korean In signed another bogey on the 7th hole and dropped to -12 while Dustin Johnson saved the pair. Only Cameron Smith, who was a hole ahead in his appeal, seemed to hold the pulse of the world number one with -14. But Dustin didn’t want any trouble and also birdied 8 to go -17. Smith replied with another in 9 to get to -15 and follow two strokes of the green jacket. This is how Johnson reached the last 9 holes of Augusta: with two strokes of advantage over Smith and three over In.
Cameron Smith’s bogey on the 11th hole It gave even more air to a Dustin Johnson who began to caress the green jacket with three shots ahead of the Australian and four over the Korean In, who did not finish finding his best shots.
Meanwhile Jon Rahm deflated definitively with a double-bogey on the 12th hole (the same par 3 where Tiger Woods had hit ten shots half an hour earlier) and his total score dropped to a modest -6. His Masters came to an end on the bloody 8th hole on Saturday when another double-bogey left him with no chance of winning at Augusta.
Dustin Johnson overcame the Amen Corner without problems and maintained his advantage over Smith and the Korean In. The Australian touched the birdie on 13 but he did not succeed, so his options to close the gap with the leader were running out. Yes, the number one in the world did it, reaching precisely 14 today with -18 on his card and a four-stroke advantage over his two pursuers. He was about to put on his green jacket and it only remained to know if he would break Woods and Spieth’s record.
Rahm sinks … and resurrects
With su birdie at 14 Dustin Johnson already got a historic -19 and had the Augusta Masers more than earned. He repeated birdie at 15 to reach -20, a tournament record scandal. Meanwhile, Jon Rahm straightened his turn with a birdie at 13, an eagle at 15 and another birdie at 16 that put him back at -10 in the tournament and at -1 on Sunday. He closed his course with a bogey at 17 and a birdie at 18 at the Augusta tournament that one day, few doubt, will win.
Dustin Johnson started his last two holes at Augusta with -20 on his scorecard, the green jacket won and the record in his hands.