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    Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson wins at Augusta at record 20 under par

    The Masters: Play suspended early in first round due to rain and threat of storms

    Play has been suspended at Augusta National after just 25 minutes of action at the 84th Masters.

    Overnight rain continued into the morning and forced officials to delay the opening tee times by 10 minutes, but conditions were deemed good enough for the tournament to get under way - albeit seven months later than scheduled.

    Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, with a combined nine victories, arrived on the first tee still surrounded by darkness to hit the traditional, ceremonial opening tee shots before clearing the way for the first groups of the tournament proper.

    Lucas Glover, CT Pan and Corey Conners all began with pars at the first, while 1988 champion Sandy Lyle hit the first drive down the 10th with a two-tee start in operation due to the lack of available daylight in the autumn.

    But the rain became heavier in the early stages, and less than half-an-hour of play was possible before the klaxons sounded to call the players back to the safety of the clubhouse.

    With the added threat of thunderstorms in the Augusta area, play was likely to remain suspended for at least an hour, meaning the first round would not be completed on Thursday.

    The forecast for the remainder of the day looks bleak, although the rain is expected to subside later this afternoon.

    The official Masters weather report issued at 7am read: "A line of moderate to heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms is slowly drifting east along a cold front that is located 30-40 miles west of Augusta National. Scattered showers are additionally developing out ahead of this line.

    "Rain is likely to move into the Augusta area over the next hour and will continue through 12-1pm with periods of heavy rain expected to occur. Scattered light showers will linger behind the front through 4pm before becoming isolated into the evening.

    "Total rainfall of 1.25-2.50" is expected today. Cloudy skies will linger for much of the overnight into Friday morning before clearing. Cooler and less humid conditions can be expected Friday and Saturday with mostly sunny skies. On Sunday, partly cloudy skies can be expected before a dry cold front moves through the area after sunset."

    https://www.skysports.com/golf/news/...reat-of-storms
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    Update:

    Leaders: -5 Westwood (11), Simpson (12*)

    Play resumes after rain

    Defending champion Tiger Woods among early starters

    Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm tee off from 10th


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    Masters 2020: Paul Casey sets clubhouse lead on day one at Augusta

    Englishman Paul Casey has set the clubhouse lead at seven under par during the first round of the Masters.

    Casey's bogey-free 65 at Augusta featured five birdies and an eagle.

    Defending champion Tiger Woods also looked back to some of his best form with a 68, while pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau battled back after early struggles to shoot 70.

    An electrical storm saw play suspended for three hours, so 45 of the 92 players did not complete their rounds.

    Heavy rain flooded parts of the course and left it so soft that players were able to take advantage of the benign conditions once play resumed, knowing they could stop their ball quickly on greens that usually repel wayward shots.

    "It's like throwing darts," said BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on radio commentary as shot after shot landed and instantly stopped on the greens.

    Fifty of the 92 players in the field were under par when the hooter sounded to end play.

    American world number three Justin Thomas was five under after 10 holes, while number one Dustin Johnson was three under after nine.

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, playing with Johnson, was level par and faces a tricky bunker shot on the 10th when he returns on Friday.

    One of the potential problems Augusta National faces during this unprecedented staging of an autumn Masters is daylight, with no leeway for play to continue late into the evening.

    Players were already scheduled for a two-tee start, from the first and 10th in the opening two rounds, to allow for the shorter days after the tournament was moved from its usual April slot because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Americans Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele sit two off Casey's lead at five under par.

    Of the other players in contention who finished their rounds, England's Lee Westwood is a further stroke back alongside Woods, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, South African Louis Oosthuizen and 2018 champion Patrick Reed.

    Casey achieved his best major finish earlier this year when he tied for second at the US PGA Championship in August and enjoyed a blistering start at Augusta.

    The 43-year-old birdied his opening hole, the par-four 10th, and was four under after seven and then took the lead with an eagle at the par-five second.

    He hit a stunning approach to four feet and holed the putt to move to six under par, before adding another birdie at the par-three sixth.

    "I know this golf course better than most, my first Masters was 2004. It's a golf course I love to play," said Casey, who admitted the absence of patrons made Augusta a different test.

    "What I desperately want is people pouring through the gates to watch myself and others play golf, but until that happens I'll make the most of it."

    Fellow Englishman Westwood made five birdies on the front nine but the former world number one dropped a shot at the short 12th before parring his way home.

    Woods soars as DeChambeau grinds
    Five-time champion Woods' best finish in the six events he has played since golf returned following the lockdown is tied 37th at the US PGA Championship.

    But Woods at Augusta is a different animal, and the 44-year-old set about his quest for a record-equalling sixth Green Jacket in controlled fashion.

    The 15-time major champion, starting on the 10th tee, carded three birdies in his opening seven holes and added another as he hit the turn to post his career-best opening round at the Masters.

    "There was a lot of difference: both tees, then we had a long weather delay and got out on a golf course with no patrons," said Woods.

    "It was so different, not only the sight but the energy - there are no roars. But we are able to compete for a Green Jacket this week which earlier this year seemed improbable.

    "I understand how to play this golf course. It's a course that allows for experience."

    Despite Woods returning to Augusta as the defending champion, all the hype in the build-up was around US Open champion DeChambeau and his big-hitting approach.

    The American's coach, Mike Schy, said earlier this week that "softer" fairways would suit his charge but DeChambeau was wayward off the tee early on and struggled to find any.

    He was forced to produce an impressive par save at 11, his second hole, after lashing a drive into the pines on the left but could not dig his way out of trouble after again finding the trees at 13, making a double-bogey seven after over-hitting his approach and then duffing a chip.

    DeChambeau found some composure when his round was threatening to unravel by sinking successive birdies at the par-five 15th and par-three 16th and then finished strongly with birdies at eight and nine to leave himself at two under.

    The world number six opted not to use the 48-inch driver he has been testing recently, saying afterwards he felt he could clear all the bunkers with his usual 45-inch model.

    "It was a little risky out there," he added. "I'm OK with that. I just didn't execute some of my shots.

    "Clearly I didn't have my best stuff and I was still able to shoot under par."

    Coming back on Friday morning...
    Americans Thomas and Matthew Wolff were among those enjoying the most fruitful rounds when the klaxon went to signal the end of play on Thursday.

    The 21-year-old Wolff, who finished second at the US Open in September, is at four under par after 11 holes, alongside South African Dylan Frittelli and Australia's Adam Scott.

    England's Justin Rose sits at three under, level with American Rickie Fowler and 63-year-old two-time champion Bernhard Langer, who won in 1985 and 1993.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/54922012.



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    Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson joins Paul Casey and Dylan Frittelli in lead

    Masters first-round leaderboard

    -7 P Casey (Eng), D Frittelli (SA), D Johnson (US); -6 J Thomas (US), S Im (Kor); -5 J Rose (Eng), W Simpson (US), X Schauffele (US), C Smith (Aus); -4 L Westwood (Eng), L Oosthuizen (SA), H Matsuyama (Jpn), T Woods (US), P Reed (US), B Langer (Ger), C Champ (US)
    Selected others: -3 J Rahm (Spa), M Wallace (Eng), P Mickelson (US); -2 B DeChambeau (US); +1 T Hatton (Eng) +3 R McIlroy (NI)

    Dustin Johnson returned on Friday to complete his opening round and join England's Paul Casey in a share of the Masters lead at seven under par.

    Casey set the clubhouse target with a bogey-free 65 on Thursday that featured five birdies and an eagle.

    But a three-hour delay because of an electrical storm meant 44 of the 92 players did not complete their rounds.

    Johnson and Casey are joined by South Africa's Dylan Frittelli, who made three birdies in his final nine holes.

    The 30-year-old, who missed the cut in his only other appearance at Augusta, had recovered from a bogey with an eagle followed by three birdies on Thursday.

    World number one Johnson was three under par when play was halted on Thursday by fading light but made four birdies on his return, including at the 18th, to take a share of top spot.

    Fellow American Thomas, the world number three, sits one off the pace, alongside South Korea's Sungjae Im.

    Englishman Justin Rose made a scrambling 67 that included six birdies and leaves him two back, with 53 of the 92 players in the field finishing the first round under par.

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy began his day with a tricky bunker shot that saw him bogey the 10th, and he endured a difficult back nine, including hitting his tee shot in the water on the 16th, to finish at three over par.

    England's highest-ranked player Tyrrell Hatton, the world number nine, also had a frustrating morning at Augusta, finding the water to double bogey the par-three 16th and drop to one over par.

    Among those finishing on Friday was 63-year-old two-time champion Bernhard Langer, who won in 1985 and 1993 and sits at four under par.

    Defending champion Tiger Woods looked back to some of his best form with a four-under 68 on Thursday, while pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau battled back after early struggles to shoot 70.

    Heavy rain flooded parts of the course and left it so soft that players were able to take advantage of the benign conditions once play resumed, knowing they could stop their ball quickly on greens that usually repel wayward shots.

    "It's like throwing darts," said BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on radio commentary as shot after shot landed and instantly stopped on the greens.

    One of the potential problems Augusta National faces during this unprecedented staging of an autumn Masters is daylight, with no leeway for play to continue late into the evening.

    Players were already scheduled for a two-tee start, from the first and 10th in the opening two rounds, to allow for the shorter days after the tournament was moved from its usual April slot because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Those who finished on Friday morning will have not have much of a turnaround before heading back out at Augusta to play their second rounds.

    Americans Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele sit two off the lead at five under par.

    Of the other players in contention, England's Lee Westwood is a further stroke back alongside Woods, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, South African Louis Oosthuizen and 2018 champion Patrick Reed.

    Casey achieved his best major finish earlier this year when he tied for second at the US PGA Championship in August and enjoyed a blistering start at Augusta.

    The 43-year-old birdied his opening hole, the par-four 10th, and was four under after seven and then took the lead with an eagle at the par-five second.

    He hit a stunning approach to four feet and holed the putt to move to six under par, before adding another birdie at the par-three sixth.

    "I know this golf course better than most, my first Masters was 2004. It's a golf course I love to play," said Casey, who admitted the absence of patrons made Augusta a different test.

    "What I desperately want is people pouring through the gates to watch myself and others play golf, but until that happens I'll make the most of it."

    Fellow Englishman Westwood made five birdies on the front nine but the former world number one dropped a shot at the short 12th before parring his way home.

    Woods soars as DeChambeau grinds
    Five-time champion Woods' best finish in the six events he has played since golf returned following the lockdown is tied 37th at the US PGA Championship.

    But Woods at Augusta is a different animal, and the 44-year-old set about his quest for a record-equalling sixth Green Jacket in controlled fashion.

    The 15-time major champion, starting on the 10th tee, carded three birdies in his opening seven holes and added another as he hit the turn to post his career-best opening round at the Masters.

    "There was a lot of difference: both tees, then we had a long weather delay and got out on a golf course with no patrons," said Woods.

    "It was so different, not only the sight but the energy - there are no roars. But we are able to compete for a Green Jacket this week which earlier this year seemed improbable.

    "I understand how to play this golf course. It's a course that allows for experience."

    Despite Woods returning to Augusta as the defending champion, all the hype in the build-up was around US Open champion DeChambeau and his big-hitting approach.

    The American's coach, Mike Schy, said earlier this week that "softer" fairways would suit his charge but DeChambeau was wayward off the tee early on and struggled to find any.

    He was forced to produce an impressive par save at 11, his second hole, after lashing a drive into the pines on the left but could not dig his way out of trouble after again finding the trees at 13, making a double-bogey seven after over-hitting his approach and then duffing a chip.

    DeChambeau found some composure when his round was threatening to unravel by sinking successive birdies at the par-five 15th and par-three 16th and then finished strongly with birdies at eight and nine to leave himself at two under.

    The world number six opted not to use the 48-inch driver he has been testing recently, saying afterwards he felt he could clear all the bunkers with his usual 45-inch model.

    "It was a little risky out there," he added. "I'm OK with that. I just didn't execute some of my shots.

    "Clearly I didn't have my best stuff and I was still able to shoot under par."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/54934247

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    Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson shares four-way clubhouse lead

    Dustin Johnson is among four players to lead the Masters at nine under par after setting the clubhouse target during a hectic day two at Augusta.

    Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith sit alongside the world number one as benign conditions saw the early starters enjoy low scores.

    Tommy Fleetwood and 2016 champion Danny Willett hit six-under-par 66s to get to seven under with Justin Rose (70).

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy also shot a 66 as he climbed to three under.

    However, 46 of the 92-strong field will have to return to complete their second rounds at 12:30 GMT on Saturday after fading light curtailed Friday's play.

    Thursday's overnight leader Paul Casey will be one of those heading out on Saturday morning in Augusta. He had one bogey and 10 pars in the 11 holes he managed to complete on Friday and will resume with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-three 12th.

    Defending champion Tiger Woods was level for the day through 10 to remain at four under par.

    However, pre-Masters favourite Bryson DeChambeau's erratic tournament continued as four birdies were offset by four bogeys and a triple-bogey seven at the third after he lost his ball.

    It leaves the US Open champion one over with six to play and battling to make the cut, though the American will resume his round with a putt for an eagle at the par-five 13th.

    Spaniard Jon Rahm and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama were the only players among the late starters to make a substantial move on the leaders, climbing to eight under par.

    Rahm was five under for the day after 12 when the horn sounded to signal the close of play after five birdies in a so-far blemish-free round.

    DJ sets the pace at Augusta
    Johnson missed two tournaments in the build-up to Augusta after testing positive for Covid-19, but returned to post a second-place finish in Houston last week.

    The 36-year-old is searching for his first Green Jacket and has carried his form into the Masters, finishing off his opening 65 on Friday morning before carding 70 later in the day.

    He had threatened to pull away as he led by three on 10 under after four holes but successive bogeys stalled his progress.

    However, the American finished with a birdie at 18 to regain a share of top spot.

    The 44 players who did not complete the first round on Thursday, because of delays caused by an electrical storm, faced a quick turnaround before starting their second.

    Momentum was with Johnson as he rolled in three successive birdies through Amen Corner, only to bogey the 14th and drop another stroke after finding the water on the par-five 15th.

    "I felt like I played really well, hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of looks at birdies, but couldn't quite get it in the hole," said Johnson, whose only major victory to date is the 2016 US Open.

    Several challengers to Johnson's early lead came and went before Mexican Ancer and Australian Smith made their moves.

    Thomas was one of those to share top spot earlier in the day after hitting the turn with four successive birdies.

    The world number three dropped away with a double bogey at the first after dragging a drive into the pines and then hitting a tree trunk, but produced a strong recovery.

    Ancer's best finish at a major is tied for 16th at last year's US PGA Championship, but he posted six birdies after an opening bogey to lead on his first Masters appearance.

    Smith, who finished joint fifth at Augusta in 2018, produced a rollercoaster round of 68 that included six birdies, an eagle and four bogeys.

    English trio in contention
    Willett produced the finest moment of his career when he won the Masters four years ago, his sole major, but has failed to make the cut in the three tournaments since.

    The 33-year-old will be in the mix this weekend, however, after shooting Friday's joint-lowest round of 66 that seemed out of reach when he began with a double bogey at the 10th.

    "It's still surreal, still an amazing place to come to. An incredibly special place," said Willett, who responded with an eagle at 13 and six birdies to move within two shots of the lead.

    Compatriot Fleetwood is still searching for his first major title and also got off to a bad start when he bogeyed the first, but he recovered with three successive birdies and seven in total to join Willett on seven under par.

    Rose, looking to go one better than his runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2017, completed his opening round with a scrambling 67 and added to it with a 70 later in the day that featured five birdies and two bogeys.

    "I felt like I played good enough to win the tournament - I know I can win, I just don't have an arm in a jacket yet," said the 40-year-old.

    "I have played in that final group a couple of times and really enjoyed it."

    McIlroy given a pep talk
    Co-leader Johnson was in a group with McIlroy, who endured a torrid final nine as he completed his first round, but recovered with an impressive bogey-free 66 that included six birdies.

    McIlroy's opening 75 was his worst in 12 Masters appearances and the world number five revealed he was giving a talking to by friend and Augusta National member Jimmy Dunne between rounds.

    "Jimmy gave me a pep talk in between rounds going on to the range," he said. "I honestly have been playing so good coming in here, and then I go into the first round and I shoot 75, and I'm like, 'where did that come from?'

    "I knew it was in there, it was just a matter of trusting a little more and being committed.

    "Hopefully I've got my eye in the last 18 holes and I need a couple of days pretty similar over the weekend to give myself a chance."

    South Korean prospect Sungjae Im also briefly shared the lead with Johnson, and heads into the weekend at eight under.

    At 63, two-time champion Bernhard Langer will become the oldest player to make the cut at a Masters at three under.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/54939259.



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    Masters 2020: Bryson DeChambeau makes cut, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas among leaders

    Masters second-round leaderboard

    -9 J Thomas (US), D Johnson (US), A Ancer (Mex), C Smith (Aus), J Rahm (Spa); -8 P Cantlay (US), S Im (Kor), H Matsuyama (Jpn), P Reed (US)
    Selected others: -7 T Fleetwood (Eng), D Willett (Eng), J Rose (Eng); -5 T Woods (US), P Casey (Eng), P Mickelson (US), B Koepka (US); -3 R McIlroy (NI), B Langer (Ger); Level B DeChambeau 12* (US)

    Bryson DeChambeau has squeezed inside the cut line, while the top three players in the world are in a five-way tie for the Masters lead after an intriguing opening two rounds.

    The pre-tournament favourite faced an anxious wait after a bogey at 18 left him at level par through 36 holes.

    Jon Rahm returned to finish his round and moved into the lead at nine under.

    World number one Dustin Johnson, number three Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith are also nine under.

    It means the top three players in the world are tied for the lead after two rounds for the first time in major history.

    Half the field returned to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning at Augusta as the tournament continued to play catch-up following electrical storms on the opening day.

    Rahm was among those, making a birdie on the 13th to move level at the top of the leaderboard and chipping in from off the green at 15 to save par and stay there as he carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66.

    Friday's benign conditions saw the early starters enjoy low scores, with Tommy Fleetwood and 2016 champion Danny Willett hitting 66s to get to seven under with Justin Rose (70).

    Fellow Englishman Paul Casey shared the lead earlier in the week but lost ground on Saturday after finishing his second round with a double bogey at the 18th to slip to five under.

    Defending champion Tiger Woods climbed to five under par, four strokes off the lead, after a birdie at 15 saw him complete his round in 71, adding to his opening 68.

    Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and 2018 champion Patrick Reed are both one off the lead as they finished at eight under par on Saturday morning.

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy shot a 66 on Friday as he climbed to three under.

    Erratic DeChambeau narrowly makes cut
    Despite Woods returning with the Green Jacket, much of the pre-Masters hype was around US Open champion DeChambeau and whether he could overpower Augusta.

    The American opened with a two-under 70 but was one over at the close of play on Friday, as four birdies were offset by four bogeys and a triple-bogey seven at the third after he lost his ball.

    Things looked to have picked up for the world number six on his return on Saturday, restarting his round with successive birdies at 13 and 14 and making another at 16 to move to two under par.

    But DeChambeau then seemed to unravel as he lashed a drive into the trees at 17, overshot the green with his second and was unable to make it up and down for par.

    Despite finding the fairway, another bogey followed at 18 as he again flew the green with his approach, eventually signing for a two-over-par 74.

    That left DeChambeau at level par and, with 50 players plus ties making it into the final two rounds, right on the cut line as he waited for the rest of the field to finish.

    It remained that way as the final players closed out their second rounds, giving the American a short turnaround before heading out for his third round.

    Before the tournament, DeChambeau made the bold claim that he thought the par-72 course was a par 67 for him, because of the prodigious distance he hits the ball.

    That led three-times Masters runner-up Greg Norman to say on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra commentary: "I think Bryson's kiss of death was when he said Augusta is a par 67 for him.

    "When you go out there and say that verbally, the golfing gods hear that in the pine trees at Augusta."

    DJ sets Friday pace at Augusta
    Johnson missed two tournaments in the build-up to Augusta after testing positive for Covid-19, but returned to post a second-place finish in Houston last week.

    The 36-year-old is searching for his first Green Jacket and has carried his form into the Masters, finishing off his opening 65 on Friday morning before carding 70 later in the day.

    He had threatened to pull away as he led by three on 10 under after four holes but successive bogeys stalled his progress.

    However, the American finished with a birdie at 18 to regain a share of top spot.

    The 44 players who did not complete the first round on Thursday, because of delays caused by an electrical storm, faced a quick turnaround before starting their second.

    Momentum was with Johnson, who had joined Casey as the first-round leader, as he rolled in three successive birdies through Amen Corner, only to bogey the 14th and drop another stroke after finding the water on the par-five 15th.

    "I felt like I played really well, hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of looks at birdies, but couldn't quite get it in the hole," said Johnson, whose only major victory to date is the 2016 US Open.

    Several challengers to Johnson's early lead came and went before Mexican Ancer and Australian Smith made their moves.

    Thomas was one of those to share top spot earlier in the day after hitting the turn with four successive birdies.

    The world number three dropped away with a double bogey at the first after dragging a drive into the pines and then hitting a tree trunk, but produced a strong recovery.

    Ancer's best finish at a major is tied for 16th at last year's US PGA Championship, but he posted six birdies after an opening bogey to lead on his first Masters appearance.

    Smith, who finished joint fifth at Augusta in 2018, produced a rollercoaster round of 68 that included six birdies, an eagle and four bogeys.

    English trio in contention

    Willett produced the finest moment of his career when he won the Masters four years ago, his sole major, but has failed to make the cut in the three tournaments since.

    The 33-year-old will be in the mix this weekend, however, after shooting Friday's joint-lowest round of 66 that seemed out of reach when he began with a double bogey at the 10th.

    "It's still surreal, still an amazing place to come to. An incredibly special place," said Willett, who responded with an eagle at 13 and six birdies to move within two shots of the lead.

    Compatriot Fleetwood is still searching for his first major title and also got off to a bad start when he bogeyed the first, but he recovered with three successive birdies and seven in total to join Willett on seven under par.

    Rose, looking to go one better than his runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2017, completed his opening round with a scrambling 67 and added to it with a 70 later in the day that featured five birdies and three bogeys.

    "I felt like I played good enough to win the tournament - I know I can win, I just don't have an arm in a jacket yet," said the 40-year-old.

    "I have played in that final group a couple of times and really enjoyed it."

    Casey had one bogey and 10 pars in the 11 holes he managed to complete on Friday and sunk a birdie putt on 13 on his return.

    But he found the trees on the left off the 18th tee and was unable to escape with his second shot, eventually carding a double bogey to drop to five under.

    McIlroy given a pep talk
    Co-leader Johnson was in a group with McIlroy, who endured a torrid final nine as he completed his first round, but recovered with an impressive bogey-free 66 that included six birdies.

    McIlroy's opening 75 was his worst in 12 Masters appearances and the world number five revealed he was giving a talking to by friend and Augusta National member Jimmy Dunne between rounds.

    "Jimmy gave me a pep talk in between rounds going on to the range," he said. "I honestly have been playing so good coming in here, and then I go into the first round and I shoot 75, and I'm like, 'where did that come from?'

    "I knew it was in there, it was just a matter of trusting a little more and being committed.

    "Hopefully I've got my eye in the last 18 holes and I need a couple of days pretty similar over the weekend to give myself a chance."

    South Korean prospect Sungjae Im also briefly shared the lead with Johnson, and heads into the weekend at eight under.

    At 63, two-time champion Bernhard Langer will become the oldest player to make the cut at a Masters at three under.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/54945314

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    Masters 2020: Dominant Dustin Johnson takes four-shot lead at Augusta

    World number one Dustin Johnson will take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Masters after a dominant performance at Augusta on Saturday.

    Johnson pulled away with a bogey-free seven-under 65, his second of the week, to lead on 16 under after round three.

    The American, chasing a first Green Jacket, equalled the Masters' record lowest score after 54 holes.

    South Korea's Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer of Mexico and Australia's Cameron Smith are closest to him at 12 under.

    South Africa's Dylan Frittelli, who was joint leader after round one, shot a five-under 67 and is 11 under, with world number three Justin Thomas a further stroke behind.

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy pieced together a fine round of 67 to climb to eight under par.

    Johnson chases records at benign Augusta
    Cooler, wetter weather in November has seen Augusta National play longer, but a mild few days and Thursday's electrical storm have provided perfect conditions for scoring.

    Johnson made the most of the soft greens once more with an eagle and five birdies in round three that saw him pull clear of the field.

    The 36-year-old, who won the US Open in 2016, is playing some of the finest golf of his career during a season that also saw him miss two tournaments while self-isolating after contracting Covid-19.

    He opened with rounds of 65 and 70 at Augusta and, after a brief nine-way tie for the lead at the beginning of round three, accelerated clear with a tap-in eagle at the second hole to get to 11 under.

    From there, Johnson was almost faultless and made an up-and-down par at 18 to become the first player in Masters history with multiple rounds of 65 or less in the same tournament.

    Johnson equalled the record low score of 16 under after three rounds set by Jordan Spieth when he won it in 2015 and is looking to become the first world number one to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002.

    "I have been playing really well, I just need to get a few putts to drop," said Johnson, who tied for second last year.

    "It was a really good day, I have been swinging well all week. Even after getting off to a good start, I tried to stay patient and be aggressive when I could.

    "There are so many really good players around the lead, I am going to have to go out and play well if I am going to win. I have to go out and execute."

    Challengers struggle to keep pace
    South Korean sensation Im is one of Johnson's closest challengers after cancelling out his only bogey of the day at 17 with a birdie finish.

    The 2019 PGA Tour rookie of the year, says he plays so regularly he prefers to live hotel to hotel between tournaments rather than find a property in the US.

    That persistence has paid off, and the 22-year-old put himself in contention on his Masters debut with a stellar round of 68 that included a sublime chip-in birdie at 11.

    Mexico's Ancer and Australian Smith, who finished joint fifth in 2018, were among a five-way tie for the lead heading into round three and both carded three-under 69s.

    Jon Rahm looked to be mounting a challenge of his own but the Spaniard's hopes threatened to unravel after a bizarre double bogey at the par-five eighth.

    The world number two dragged a low second shot into the foliage and cannoned his next into a bush off a tree trunk. He recovered one of those shots to sit at nine under.

    American Thomas was two under for the day as he hit the turn but endured a colourful back nine as he traded three birdies with four bogeys to finish six off the pace.

    McIlroy left to rue slow Augusta start
    McIlroy produced another impressive round on Saturday that will have the Northern Irishman ruing his slow start at Augusta after following up Friday's 66 with a five-under-par 67.

    It takes him to eight under in total, but highlighted how costly an opening 75 was in his bid to win the Masters and become just the sixth player to win a career Grand Slam.

    McIlroy clawed a shot back on the second before adding a hat-trick of birdies through the turn and chipping in from a greenside bunker for another at Augusta's iconic 12th.

    He immediately bogeyed the 13th with a sloppy three-putt from nine feet, to fall back to seven under but pulled off a smart par-save at 15 having found the water with his approach.

    The 31-year-old birdied the par-three 16th to move back to eight under and leave himself eight off the lead heading into Sunday's final round.

    "I set a target to try and get to double digits under par, didn't quite get there, but I played a really good round of golf," said McIlroy.

    "I haven't really made a good run on a Sunday here, so it's about time. I feel good, my game is there, I have shown that over the last two days.

    "I'll probably need something a few lower than today, set the clubhouse target for the guys to follow."

    McIlroy was playing alongside 63-year-old Bernhard Langer, who became the oldest man to make the cut at Augusta and won the first of his two Green Jackets four years before the world number five was born.

    The German showed he can still produce moments to savour, holing a mammoth 63-foot birdie putt on 15 and throwing his visor into the air in delight. He sits at two under.

    Woods fades, as does English challenge
    Tiger Woods defied the odds with a fairytale victory at Augusta 19 months ago but the 15-time major champion will not be adding a sixth Green Jacket to his collection this year.

    Woods posted a 68 on Thursday but had to return on Saturday morning to put the finishing touches on a one-under 71, before heading back out to post a level-par 72 that keeps him at five under for the tournament.

    The 44-year-old, who has previously had back and knee surgery, looked to be moving a little gingerly towards the end of his round and admitted the day felt like a "long grind".

    "I can't win it from where I am but I can make birdies and sweep in for a top-10 finish," he added. "I just need to make birdies - I haven't made any this week.

    "Today was a long day but I still had my chances."

    Tommy Fleetwood is best-placed of the English contingent at eight under par, with Paul Casey two strokes behind and 2016 champion Danny Willett at five under.

    Two-time runner-up Justin Rose's hopes faded as he carded a four-over 76 including seven bogeys to peg him back to three under, alongside fellow Englishman Lee Westwood.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/54947823.



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    The Masters: Dustin Johnson aims to continue aggressive game-plan on final day

    Dustin Johnson vowed to continue with his aggressive game-plan as he takes a commanding four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters.

    Johnson insisted he was comfortable with his position despite being unable to convert four previous 54-hole leads in majors into victories, comparing his current form to his imperious performances early in 2017.

    He arrived at Augusta National as the clear world No 1 on the back of three successive victories, only to be denied the chance to compete for the Green Jacket when he injured his back in an unfortunate fall down a staircase at his rented home on the eve of the first round.

    But he is high on confidence as he looks to atone for that misfortune, and his optimism was justified following a high-quality seven-under 65 on day three which separated him from the chasing pack and matched the 54-hole scoring record of 16-under par.

    "I would say the game is in really good form right now," said the world No 1, with more than a hint of understatement. "You know, it's very similar to what it was back in 2017. It's just very consistent.

    "I feel like I've got a lot of control with what I'm doing, controlling my distance well with my flight and my shape. I'm very comfortable standing over the golf ball right now, and obviously that's a really good feeling.

    "With the conditions being soft, you can be really aggressive no matter what club you have in your hand, as long as you feel comfortable with how far you're going to fly it. I feel like the golf course is in really good condition with all the rain, and it's just so soft so you've got to be aggressive and you've got to attack the flags.

    "Going into tomorrow, I think I've got a good game-plan and I'm not going to change it. I'm going to have to go out and play well. There's a lot of really good players right around me, so as we all know here, if you get it going, you can shoot some low scores."

    Johnson has endured more than his fair share of final-round disappointments in majors when either leading outright (twice) or tied for the lead (twice) after the third round, most notably at the US Open 10 years ago when he led by three before he triple-bogeyed the second, doubled the third and dropped another at four, setting the tone for a closing 82.

    More recently, he was unable to hang onto a one-shot lead at the PGA Championship in August and finished two behind Collin Morikawa, but the 36-year-old insisted that Sunday would be a "good day".

    "If I can play like I did today, I think it will break that streak," said Johnson, who made a spectacular start to his third round with a towering five-iron to tap-in range for eagle at the second, backing that up with a birdie at the third and a 30-foot putt for another at the fourth before cruising to the turn in 31.

    "But it's just 18 holes of golf. I need to go out and play solid. I feel like I'm swinging really well. If I can just continue to give myself a lot of looks at birdie, I think I'll have a good day.

    "I'm very comfortable with having the lead going into Sunday. I've been in this situation a lot of times. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

    https://www.skysports.com/golf/news/...n-on-final-day


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    Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson wins at Augusta at record 20 under par

    Masters final leaderboard
    -20 D Johnson (US); -15 C Smith (Aus), S Im (Kor); -12 J Thomas (US); -11 R McIlroy (NI), D Frittelli (SA); -10 B Koepka (US), J Rahm (Spa)
    Selected others: -6 T Fleetwood (Eng); -5 J Rose (Eng); -4 I Poulter (Eng), D Willett (Eng); -3 B Langer (Ger); -2 B DeChambeau (US); -1 T Woods (US), P Casey (Eng), L Westwood (Eng)
    World number one Dustin Johnson won his first Masters title by five strokes as he finished with a record-breaking low score of 20 under par at Augusta.

    The American posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea's Sungjae Im.

    Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy's brief charge came too late as he eventually finished nine shots back in tied fifth.

    Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 10 on the par-three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish one under.

    Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau, who won the US Open in September, endured an erratic week and a final-day 73 put him on two under par for the tournament.

    World number three Justin Thomas finished fourth at 12 under after carding a two-under 70 on the final day.

    Johnson's superb performance during this unprecedented November staging of the Masters saw him beat the record lowest winning score of 18 under par set by Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.

    "It's hard. I was nervous all day. I could feel it," said Johnson, who will defend his title in five months' time when the Masters returns to its usual spot in April.

    "The Masters is for me the biggest tournament and the one I wanted to win the most. I am just very proud of the way I handled myself and finished off the tournament.

    "It still feels like a dream. As a kid, I was dreaming about winning the Masters and having Tiger put the Green Jacket on you still feels like a dream.

    "But I am here and what a great feeling it is. I could not feel more excited."

    He also becomes the first world number one to win the tournament since Woods in 2002.

    Smith, who finished tied for fifth in 2018, made history himself by becoming the first player to shoot all four of his rounds in the 60s at Augusta.

    Imperious Johnson conquers Augusta
    Johnson looked comfortable from the moment he arrived at Magnolia Lane this week, joking with reporters his favourite Masters tradition is the sandwiches. Pimento cheese? Just all of them...

    On course, however, the poker-faced American gave nothing away as he held off the field to win his second major title, four years after his US Open victory, with barely a flicker of emotion.

    Johnson had provided the calm after Thursday's electrical storms delayed play on an otherwise frantic leaderboard that briefly saw nine players tied for top spot on Saturday.

    The foundation for his victory was set with an opening 65 that gave him a share of the lead, and he had another 65 on Saturday to become the first player in Masters history to achieve such a feat and join Spieth as the only men to reach 16 under par after three rounds.

    He is not a character who would hype the crowd into a frenzy like Woods last year, nor is he one to play the pantomime villain like 2018 champion Patrick Reed, so it is perhaps timely that Johnson's first Green Jacket came at a tranquil Augusta National without patrons.

    Not that the American would have been fazed by the roars that usually echo around the Augusta pines.

    This was the world's best player serenely producing sensational golf on one of the game's most iconic stages.

    He made a great par-save at two and birdied the third but successive bogeys followed as the impressive 22-year-old Im and Australian Smith applied pressure.

    Johnson has previously failed to win major titles on four occasions after holding a 54-hole lead, but his steely focus never wavered, even when his lead was cut to one after five holes.

    The 36-year-old recovered with a birdie on the par-three sixth as Im made his first bogey of the day and another birdie at eight saw Johnson lead Smith by two as he headed to the back nine.

    Smith, in the group ahead, had been scrambling superbly but bogeyed 11 to hand the leader a three-stroke advantage once more.

    Johnson came to Augusta having won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and in great form despite missing two tournaments while in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19.

    He successfully negotiated Amen Corner with a birdie at 13 and made it three in a row through 14 and 15 to accelerate to 20 under par.

    There was finally time for a beaming smile as he tapped in for par at the 18th to complete his impressive victory to a smattering of applause from the lucky few gathered round the green.

    McIlroy's challenge comes too late
    McIlroy posted three rounds in the 60s at Augusta this week, but they came after the world number five had opened with a 75.

    Had it not been for his struggles in the first round the 31-year-old would surely have been in contention for a first Green Jacket and the chance to become just the sixth player to win a career Grand Slam.

    After rounds of 66 and 67, the four-time major winner followed up with a 69 on Sunday that included four birdies, a bogey and an impressive par-save after finding the water at 15.

    "I will look back on this week and rue what happened," he said. "After the 75 I played well, had to shoot a good score to be here for the weekend and played solid.

    "I wasn't really think about trying to win the tournament. When I reached 11 under and DJ was at 15 under I thought 'maybe', but then the wind got up.

    "Hopefully we get back to a normal Masters in a few months' time, but I'm going to try and adopt this attitude and this approach."

    Tommy Fleetwood finished highest among the English contingent at six under par, with two-time runner-up Justin Rose at five under and 2016 champion Danny Willett a further stroke back alongside Ian Poulter.

    Tiger's imperfect 10
    Woods returned to Augusta looking to win a sixth Green Jacket but was out of contention by the time he teed of in Sunday's final round.

    It did not stop the 15-time major champion producing one of the most remarkable moments of the tournament when he carded a 10 at the par-three Golden Bell.

    Woods' tee shot rolled back off the green into Rae's Creek, as did his third after taking a drop, and he then found the water again after clipping out of a bunker.

    The 44-year-old then produced a sensational spell of five birdies in his final six holes to sign for a four-over 76 and end the week at one under par.

    "This is unlike any other sport in which you're so alone out there and you have to figure it out and you have to fight and no one is going to call in a sub and you just have to figure it out, and I did coming in," said Woods.

    "That's part of our sport. That's what makes this game so unique and so difficult mentally. We've all been there, unfortunately."

    Much of the pre-tournament hype surrounded the big-hitting DeChambeau, but the US Open champion struggled to find form this week with rounds of 70, 74, 69 and 73.

    The American did eagle the 13th on Sunday and made two birdies, but his round also included three bogeys and a double as he finished the tournament at two under par.

    American Andy Ogletree, 22, claimed the low amateur prize.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/54952423.



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    DJ has been criticizing for not turning up in majors but he put up a clinic this time. One of the most dominating major victories ever.

    Feel bad for Cameron Smith and Im. Both deserved the green jacket as well. Phenomenal performance.

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    Augusta appears to be more forgiving in November though. We should expect lower scores in April 2021.

    It would be surprising to see DJ not defend the title considering the level that he is currently at. Absolutely no holes in his game right now.

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    Masters 2020: Dustin Johnson says major at Augusta National is one he wanted most

    World number one Dustin Johnson says the Masters is the major he "wanted to win the most" after his record-breaking victory at Augusta National on Sunday.

    The 36-year-old American, who won the US Open in 2016, posted a record score of 20 under par to win by five strokes.

    "It is a dream come true, as a kid I always dreamed about being a Masters champion," said an emotional Johnson.

    "It's just incredible. Having Tiger Woods put the Green Jacket on you, it still feels like a dream."

    The 36-year-old, who cuts a largely expressionless figure on the course, struggled to hold back tears as he was interviewed on Augusta's putting green following his win.

    "It's just incredible, as you can tell... sorry," he said as. "I have never had this much trouble gathering myself. On the golf course I am pretty good at it, out here I'm not!"

    Earlier, after being handed the Green Jacket by Tiger Woods in Butler Cabin, he said: "It still feels like a dream.

    "But I am here and what a great feeling it is. I could not feel more excited. The Masters is the biggest tournament. It's the one I wanted to win most. I'm proud the way I handled myself."

    Johnson, who finished tied for second last year as Woods won his fifth Green Jacket, broke the previous lowest winning mark at Augusta of 18 under set by Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.

    "It's an incredible feeling. I played unbelievable golf all week. The conditions helped with the scoring," he said. "To score 20 under is a great honour."

    Johnson achieved the feat with his brother Austin as caddie and was embraced by fiancee Paulina Gretzky after victory was confirmed.

    "It's an unbelievable feeling to experience all this with my brother, Austin," added Johnson. "I love him being on my bag. I don't want anyone else to share these memories with.

    "Having Paulina there was awesome. It was a lot of fun. I will remember this for the rest of my life."

    Johnson held a four-shot lead heading into the final day but that was briefly cut to one before he pulled clear to hold off the challenge of South Korea's Sungjae Im and Australian Cameron Smith.

    "I tried not to watch the leaderboard. I did a little earlier," said Johnson, who carded a four-under 68 on the final day that included six birdies and two bogeys.

    "I made a birdie at three, then made bogeys - they weren't bad shots because I had a good look at pars. I then made a great shot at six and made birdie.

    "It was a tough day, it's always tough on the final day of a major."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/54954569


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