Dustin Johnson: Is golf ready for a new era of domination after the Masters win?


However, after winning his first Mastery and slip on this distinctive Green jacket, it all turned out to be too much for the 36-year-old as he choked back tears during his post-victory interview.

Four years after his first major victory, Johnson has an unforgettable 2020. A first victory in Augusta, his first title of champion of the Tour, two more victories on the PGA Tour and a return to the first place in the world.

And after claiming that elusive second major victory in such an emphatic fashion, posting a record 20 under par to win by five strokes, Johnson has no intention of “dialing anything back.”

“I want to be number three first, but I dream of winning a lot of majors,” Johnson said in his subsequent press conference.

“It hadn’t quite happened yet. I hope this one helps give me a little bit of spring. I feel really good about everything I do. I feel really confident in the game. of golf.

“My goal is to play for about eight, nine, maybe 10 years and then spend time with my kids and Paulina (Gretzky).”

“It means so much to me”

Johnson’s propensity to keep a strong grip on his emotions means he’s one of the coolest players on the course. Even some of his competitors have noticed his methodical approach to golf.

“See the ball, hit the ball, see the putt, the putt hole, go to the next one,” said Rory McIlroy after his round on Friday. “He makes the game so easy, or sometimes makes it so simple for sure.”

Records drop as No.1 Dustin Johnson wins Masters for the first time

But wearing the green jacket that many of the game’s greats have worn, standing on the 18th green with partner Paulina and brother Austin – also his younger brother – watching, happened to the generally unfazed Johnson.

“I’ve never had such a hard time coming together,” he said. “On the golf course, I’m pretty good. Here, I’m not. I can’t even speak.

“Just because it means so much to me. It means so much to my family, Paulina, the kids. They know it’s something I’ve always dreamed of and that’s why I work so hard.”

Johnson celebrates with Gretzky at the Green Jacket Ceremony.

A local boy

Growing up in South Carolina, winning the Masters has long been a dream for Johnson.

“Growing up so close to here, it’s always been a tournament since I’ve been on the Tour, since I played my first Masters, it’s the tournament I wanted to win the most,” said Johnson. .

“Being close for the past two years, finishing second last year behind Tiger, this one was just something I really wanted to do.”

When he first discovered his love for the game as a child, pretending he was trying to win the Masters was a common occurrence.

“Always around the green growing up, it was putts to win the Masters or hit chip shots,” he said. “It was always to win Augusta. Mainly because I grew up so close here, about an hour, an hour and ten minutes away.”

And the fact that five-time Masters winner Woods helped him put on his green jacket made it even nicer.

“Obviously having Tiger put it on was awesome and amazing and you wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Johnson takes the tee on the 18th hole.

The unknown

While his competitors were tipped to pull off an exceptionally staged Masters in November and without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson started the tournament relatively under the radar.

The most recent great golf champion Bryson De Chambeau was making the headlines, while the possibility of 2019 champion Tiger Woods equaling Jack Nicklaus’ all-time major record was some fan’s favorite ending for the 2020 competition. Some big European names – Jon Rahm and Justin Rose, for example – were also touted.

But, after a slow start, the top ranked golf player, perhaps unsurprisingly, made his way to the top of the rankings.

Despite holding a five-stroke lead as he descended the 18th fairway, with no customers to let him know where he was in the standings and having deliberately avoided looking at the standings from the 7th hole, Johnson admitted that ‘he wasn’t sure the extent of his advantage.

Johnson celebrates with his brother and his cart Austin.

“I assumed I had the head, but I didn’t know by how much,” he said.

“I kind of looked at the leaderboard a bit earlier, and after that I just thought, ‘Don’t worry about what other people are doing, play as well as you can.'”


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