Dustin Johnson won the 84th edition of The Masters. After winning the US Open in 2016, the American wins another Grand Slam event four years later. The 36-year-old from Columbia (South Carolina), in the third round had advanced with a partial of 65 (-7) out of a total of 200 (-16) strokes, in the fourth day he closed with five strokes ahead of the Australian Cameron Smith and South Korean Sungjae Im.
He is the first player in his career to reach -20 at The Masters. Dustin Johnson was in total control all week except for the start of round four. The American in the first five holes of the last lap recorded a birdie and two bogeys (consecutive, at 4 and 5) that had reopened the super challenge at Augusta National.
Then he took off on the two young rivals. Johnson thus became the first number 1 in the world able to win the Masters since 2002: then it was Woods who triumphed. For the American this is the twenty-fourth title on the PGA Tour.
Australian Cameron Smith, second with -15 behind Dustin Johnson, was the protagonist of a weekend never seen before in Augusta, with 70 shots under par. He said: "Great, but I would have preferred to do it by winning.
On Sunday I didn't know I could have achieved such a thing. It seems incredible to me. It would have been great to do something like this and win. I think if I happen to do another -15 here , on a couple of occasions I will win.
" Korean Sungjae Im, tied second with Smoth at -15, also achieved the best score for a rookie in the tournament. In a dream weekend.
Collin Morikawa, the new golf star
He is 23 years-old, of Japanese origins but a Californian in all respects.
Collin Morikawa won his first Major as a great new star of golf. American from Los Angeles, he has only been a professional for 14 months. In total he has only played 28 tournaments and already a victory, simply very important.
Morikawa is the surprise of 2020, in golf. Many think he will be the new Tiger Woods. A predestined, in short. At 23, only three other players had won their first PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the greatest golfers of the modern era.
During the press conference after the win, Stephen Curry, star of the Warriors and a great lover of golf, broke into the room and turning to Morikawa asked him if he needed a caddy for the next three months! The champion said yes, stating that he supports Warriors.
Morikawa in addition to glory had the satisfaction of winning in his land and earned a check for $ 1,980,000. From the University of California, he impressed with his personality, very lucid strategy and the ability to make important decisions in the most delicate moments of the race.
A triumph that catapulted him into the spotlight. In June he put an end to a streak of 22 consecutive cuts, the longest ever achieved by a rookie since Tiger Woods, who reached 25. Many see Morikawa as the right face to become a global advertising testimonial .
While waiting, the Japanese-born champion will take a few days off with his girlfriend, who is also a golfer, the beautiful Katherine Zhu.