Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson scoops green jacket with record score

A month after testing positive for COVID-19, golf’s world number one Dustin Johnson has won The Masters with a record score.

Johnson finished the 84th Masters on 20 under par with a total of 270 to beat the previous tournament record of 18 under, set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

It was the 36-year-old American’s first Masters win and means he is the first world number one to win the tournament since Woods in 2002 and the first world number one to win a major since 2014.

Golfing legend Woods, who was also competing, placed the Green Jacket on Johnson at a ceremony inside the Butler Cabin at the Augusta National club in Georgia, United States.

Johnson said: “It feels like a dream.

“As a kid dreaming about winning the Masters, having Tiger put the Green Jacket on you it still seems like a dream but I am here. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Originally meant to take place in April, the Masters was pushed to November due to the pandemic and looked very different with just a few select fans, far from the usual roaring crowds of Augusta.

But Johnson said: “I feel the same way, whether the fans are here or not.

“I like having them here. They bring excitement, especially when they are cheering for you, they can pull you along.

“I miss them, and hopefully we get to see them in April.”

His win was a little more subdued than it would have been with fans around, as he hugged his brother and caddie, Austin, was kissed by his fiancee Paulina Gretzky and was congratulated by past winner Bubba Watson, in his own green jacket.

“I always dreamed of having one of those,” he told Watson.

“Now I got one.”

Just a month before, Johnson had to self-isolate in a Las Vegas hotel room after testing positive for COVID-19. He had minor symptoms and was not sure where he picked it up.

After a shaky start he finished with a five-shot victory over Australia’s Cameron Smith and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.

Some questioned whether he would make it after failing to make good on strong leads in the 2010 US Open after taking a three-shot lead into the final round but collapsing to a closing 82.

And in 2015, he three-putted from 12 feet on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay to finish a shot behind Jordan Speith.

Johnson finally secured his first major title in the 2016 US Open at Oakmont, but he fell from tied first to eighth at Shinnecock Hills two years later and failed to convert a one-shot lead in the US PGA Championships in August.

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