Long-Awaited Masters Finally Happened This November
The 2020 Masters stood out in many aspects this year. It was the first-ever Masters held in November (from 12th to 15th) instead of April (the blame goes on Covid-19), and to many fans’ disappointment, it went on without the usual crowds cheering the players.
Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia has never felt so eerie and yet so beautiful as the best US, European, and Japanese golfers were crossing swords for the Masters’ title.
Not only is the Masters the most appealing tournament, but it is also a door-opening competition offering participation in the best golf tournaments. In addition to the financial reward, the winner gets the traditional green jacket with his name on it, 100 world ranking points, lifetime exemption into the tournament (so the winner doesn’t have to wait for the invitation), and multiple exemptions into the highest-ranking world tournaments, such as PGA Championship or the US Open.
Who Won the Masters 2020?
The 84th Masters had lots of surprises and some anticipated turns, too. Even though Tiger Woods was expected to defend his green jacket from his 2019 Augusta victory, and Bryson DeChambeau was the favorite, none of them gained a share of the whopping $11.5 million.
We can’t really say it was a surprise that Dustin Johnson won the title as he is still the top-ranked golfer in the world. Yet, he pinned his name in golf history by breaking the Masters scoring record, finishing at 20 under, two strokes better than the previous Tiger Woods’s tournament record from 1997. But, that wasn’t the only record Johnson set. With only four bogeys, he set the lowest number ever recorded by a Masters champion.
Some Memorable Moments from Augusta National
Johnson’s victory wasn’t so apparent when he teed off on Sunday. He scored an impressive birdie on Hole 3, but then he bogeyed and fell to 15 under for the round, being just one stroke ahead of Sungjae. He finished even for the front nine, then hit three birdies from Hole 13 to 15, and got a score of 33 for the back-nine. Cameron Smith finished as a runner up at 15 under, followed by Sungjae Im, while Justin Thomas ended fourth at 12 under.
Even though the audience was missing, shots to remember were not. Before the official start, Jon Rahm claimed the most impressive shot during the practice rounds, scoring hole-in-one on the 16th hole when he managed to skip the ball four times over the pond ending up into the hole.
Seeing Johnson going from battling Covid-19 in October to putting on the Green Jacket in November has been an awe-inspiring moment. Even more, the moment he was brought to tears as he was having his interview right after his stoic victory was hair-rising.