COVID-19 may have put a damper on 2020 for most of us, but it couldn’t stop Dustin Johnson (DJ) from capping off his career-best year with a green jacket.
The GIST: COVID-19 may have put a damper on 2020 for most of us, but it couldn’t stop Dustin Johnson (DJ) from capping off his career-best year with a green jacket. When it rains, it pours.
Give me the details: Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 in October, won the Masters yesterday, his fourth PGA Tour win since June. As the current No. 1 golfer in the world, DJ has spent over 100 weeks in the top spot over his career and has clinched 27 professional wins since his first in 2008 — but yesterday’s win was only his second career major.
- His cumulative 20-under par score was a Masters record, and he also recorded the fewest bogeys (just four) in Masters history. Known for his stoic, reserved demeanor, DJ stayed calm all weekend to finish five strokes ahead of the runners-up...and then let it all out during his post-round interview. We’re not crying, you’re crying.
So sweet. How did the rest of the field do?: DJ wasn’t the only record-setter this weekend. Cameron Smith, the runner-up from Australia, became the first golfer in Masters history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. Smith’s fellow runner-up at 15-under par, Sungjae Im of South Korea, also set the record for best-ever Masters debut.
- Last year’s winner Tiger Woods recorded the worst hole of his entire career when he shot 10 on a par three (ouch!), and at 63, two-time champ Bernhard Langer became the oldest player to make the cut at the Masters. You get a record, he gets a record, everybody gets a record!
How did our Canadians do?: Aside from DJ (who we consider an honorary Canadian by virtue of being engaged to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter), our Canadians did pretty well. Three of the four made the cut, including 2003 Masters champ Mike Weir, and Corey Connors, who shot the lowest Masters round by a Canadian ever.
What’s up next?: The men’s majors are done for the year, but the LPGA has one left: the U.S. Women’s Open from December 10–13th in Houston, TX. If all goes according to plan, the 2021 LPGA and PGA golf majors will kick off in April. Don’t touch our 2021 golf season, COVID-19.