US golf star Dustin Johnson has won the traditional Masters in Augusta for the first time. The world number one played a final round of 68 on Sunday, setting a record result of 268 strokes in total. With 20 shots under par he improved the Masters record of Jordan Spieth (2015) and Tiger Woods (1997) by two shots. Second place at the 84th Masters was taken by debutant Im Sungjae and Australian Cameron Smith (both 273 shots).
“I’ve been tense all day. Masters means a lot to me. It is the biggest tournament for me and I really wanted to win it. It’s a dream for me,” said Johnson, who finished second in 2019, “For Johnson it was only his second major win after his US Open win in 2016. The 33-year-old not only received the coveted green jacket for his 24th win on the lucrative PGA Tour, but also won two million dollars in prize money.
Johnson, who grew up about a hundred kilometers away from Augusta, had returned to the tour only about a week ago after a corona infection. In his last seven tournaments, Johnson finished first and second three times each. No one else is currently playing as consistently as he is.
Langer better than WoodsGermany’s golf star Bernhard Langer played a 71-hole round on the par-72 course at Magnolia Lane to finish the $11.5 million event with 285 shots on the shared 29th rank. The 63-year-old from Anhausen had set a record at his 37th Masters participation and made the cut as the oldest player in the tournament’s history.
Langer was thus also better than defending champion Tiger Woods, who had celebrated a sensational victory in 2019 by winning the Masters. Woods experienced a disaster this time on the final lap at the twelfth fairway. The 44-year-old hit the ball three times into the water hazard and needed a total of ten shots for the par-three hole. In the end, the 15-time major winner was 38th, 19 shots behind Johnson.
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