US golfer Dustin Johnson has won the Masters, shooting a 68 in the final round to finish at a record-breaking 20-under-par and win the pandemic-delayed tournament by five strokes.
- American Dustin Johnson held a four-shot lead into the final round and was faultless on the final day
- Australian golfer Cameron Smith (tied for second) also made history by shooting all four rounds in the 60s at Augusta
- Defending champion Tiger Woods finished tied for 38th after shooting 10 on the par-three 12th on the way to a final round 76
The 2016 US Open champion and world number one claimed his second major, and his first Masters title.
He is the 12th player to win without ever trailing at the end of any round.
The 20-under 268 broke Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth’s records, set in 1997 and 2015 respectively, of 18-under after four rounds at the Masters.
Australia’s Cameron Smith (69) was second at 15-under, tied alongside Sung-jae Im.
Johnson went into the final round at 16-under, holding a four-shot lead over Smith, Im and Abraham Ancer.
But the 36-year-old matched or bettered all his championship rivals over the final 18 holes, shooting three birdies on the back nine to move well clear of the pack.
Johnson teed off on the 18th with a five-shot lead, but he gave the chasing pack some hope with back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes.
The lead narrowed to one shot at one stage, but five birdies in 10 holes gave him back control of the tournament.
Johnson was able to enjoy the walk down the last with a smaller than usual crowd made up of players’ guests — fans had not been allowed to attend Augusta due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
His five-shot victory was the largest at the Masters since Woods won by 12 in 1997.
All that was missing were the roars from a crowd for any of his pivotal putts early and his birdie putts on the back nine that put it away.
“It still feels like a dream,” Johnson said.
Smith, the 27-year-old Queenslander, may not have been able to catch Johnson to win the tournament, but he made history by becoming the first player to shoot all four rounds in less than 70 shots.
Smith shot 67, 68 and two closing 69s.
He played some incredible shots in his round, showing composure amid the pressure of contending for one of golf’s most famous prizes.
On the seventh, Smith’s long drive found the trees on the right, giving him a tough route home. The Australian sent a lofted shot over the trees and landed it perfectly on the green to set up birdie.
Then on the par-four ninth, he hit out of the pine straw and trickled it onto the green where it rolled down to less than a metre away on the way to another birdie.
Defending champion Tiger Woods needed a late rally on the back nine to avoid his worst score ever at the Masters.
Woods birdied five of the last six holes to come in at 4-over 76 on Sunday. That didn’t quite make up for his septuple-bogey 10 on the 12th hole, a par three where he put three balls in the water.
Nineteen months after winning his fifth green jacket, Woods left the course at 1-under for the tournament.
At the time, he was 16 strokes behind the leader Johnson.
Woods’ worst score ever at the Masters was a 77 in the third round of his first appearance, in 1995, when he was still an amateur.