Going into the final round, Dustin Johnson was leading by four shots and this was not unfamiliar territory for Dustin as he has led four times in majors after 54 holes and has never triumphed.
Johnson birdied the 3rd hole to get his final round underway, but then he bogeyed the 4th and 5th holes to give the chasing pack a chance. Hot on his tale was Masters debutant Sungjae Im who came within one shot of Johnson after he birdied 2 and 3, but could not get closer than that after he bogeyed 6 and 7.
Johnson went on to comfortably beat the field by 5 shots and set a bunch of records in the process. Here are the 9 records he went on to achieve or equal on Sunday:
72-hole scoring mark – 268
First to reach 20-under in Masters history
Lowest 54 hole-score 65-70-65
(tied with Jordan Spieth from 2015)
The first player to have two rounds at 65 in one Masters
Most consecutive subpar rounds at the Masters – 11
Played the par 3s, par 4s and par 5s all under par and won
(tied with Charl Schwartzel from 2011)
Lowest stroke average 71.02
(Jonhson has the lowest stroke average of players who have played 25 to 49 rounds at the Masters. Johnson has played 38 rounds at the Masters)
wire-to-wire winners (Tied with 11 players)
(having or sharing the lead for each of the 3 days and then winning on the final day)
Fewest bogeys by a champion – 4
Australian Cameron Smith was also making his charge carding 4 birdies and a bogey on the front 9 and was Johnsons closest threat going into the back 9. Smith hit some incredible recovery shots to keep him in the tournament and he can feel unlucky because he is the first player in Masters history to shoot all 4 rounds in the 60s with 67, 68. 69 and 69.
Other challenges from world number 3 Justin Thomas fell short scoring 12-under, Dylan Frittelli had his best Masters finish in 6th and Rory Mcllroy one shot ahead finishing in 5th.
Mclloroy, who was searching for the career Grand Slam, started well with 3 birdies on the front 9, but started the back 9 with a bogey and did not capitalise on the par 5’s.
The biggest news going into the tournament was how big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau going to fair at Augusta National with Tiger Woods commenting he had “never seen so much attention on one player going into a major before.” Bryson himself said the course felt like it could be played at a par 67 instead of its par 72.
Well, he struggled with the course, finishing 3-under for the tournament, 17 shots back and claiming he felt “dizzy.” Maybe it was because his playing partner, two-times Masters winner Bernard Langer at aged 63 and the oldest player to make the cut at the Masters was beating him and in the end did beat him.