This Masters tournament was unlike any other we have seen before. We did not get to see the flowers at Augusta blooming or the fans cheering after Tiger Woods sinks a birdie put. This year, we still got the tranquility and calm of the Masters, but at an extreme level. There were no cheers or clapping from the gallery, and it made for a totally different viewing experience from home. Fairways looked miles wide as trees and bushes were the only things to the right and left of them. The bright colors we are so accustom to during the Masters left months ago as the players teed off in the warm fall conditions.
Although there were some major differences this year, some things remained the same. The stars of the sport were once again at the top of the leaderboard, and the course remained a challenge for some of the best in the sport. In the end, the Masters in November was a success, and the green jacket was handed out to a new Masters champion. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the 2020 Masters.
Holding The Lead
Dustin Johnson had previously been 0-4 in majors when leading or having a share of the lead after 54 holes. For the world number one, who has been at the top of the sport for many years, it is shocking to see that he has had only one Major win before this years Masters. That all changed when he ran out to a big lead in the third round, and by the end of 54 holes, was leading by 4 strokes. He did get off to a shaky start on Sunday though, where his lead shrank to 1 stroke after back to back bogeys at 4 and 5.
Many started believing that Dustin would again falter at the end. He quickly recovered though, birdieing the 6th. Dustin never looked back after that, winning by 5 strokes. He finished 20 under par, the lowest score in Masters history and put him in a tie for the lowest score in Major history. After the win, a usually quiet and humble champion, Dustin Johnson got very emotional talking to Amanda Balionis. His dream as a kid was to win the Masters, so when asked about what it meant to him, he was left speechless while wiping away tears. So after all those heartbreaking losses when having the lead, Dustin Johnson finally captures another Major.
A 10 On Number 12
Here is something you do not see often, and in Tiger Woods’ case, never. After a strong opening round on Thursday, Tiger Woods was unable to keep the momentum going. Although he was far behind, Tiger still made major headlines on Sunday at Augusta. Something uncharacteristic happened on the 12th hole, a hole that larger helped Tiger Woods win last years Masters. Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, and Ian Poulter all hit their tee shots in the water on 12 in the final round of 2019, all while Tiger safely put his tee shot on the green.
This year, Tiger returned the favor. Tiger’s tee shot on 12 landed in the water short of the green, and on his next shot from the drop zone, he put it in the water again. In the bunker for his 6th shot, Tiger Woods hit it in the water for the third time! Tiger Woods ended up with a 10 on the par 3 12th. It was a score that Tiger had never carded in his entire career at a PGA Tour event. Most fans felt a lot better about their golf game after seeing that collapse from Tiger. However, that did not last long, as Tiger birdied 5 of the next 6 holes to finish the tournament 1 under par.
McIlroy’s Strong Finish
Rory McIlroy has struggled at the Masters throughout his career. In his 12 appearances at the Masters, Rory has finished inside the top 5 only twice before this years event. It looked like it was going to remain at two after the first round in which he shot 3 over par. It looked like the pressure of Augusta was going to be too much for Rory once again.
However, Rory came out in the second round playing great golf, showing us why he is one of the best in the world. He shot a 6 under 66 to safely make the cut for the weekend. He ended up shooting 67 and 69 the final two days to end the tournament at 11 under par and a tie for 5th place. It was the first time Rory had ever had three straight rounds in the 60’s at Augusta. So although Rory has not captured the green jacket yet, he is headed in the right direction.
In With The Old, Out With The New
Usually it is the other way around, but not this time. Bryson DeChambeau was hoping to bring his new style of launching his drives as far as possible to Augusta, and conquer the course like he has many others this past year. The new style ended up backfiring, as Bryson found himself in the pine straw and the deep rough numerous times. Instead of being in contention, he was being outplayed by a man in his 60’s.
Bernhard Langer, who is 63 years old and last won the Masters in 1993, became the oldest man ever to make the cut at the Masters. Bernhard Langer finished the tournament at 3 under par, beating out top players like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Collin Morikawa. He ended up beating Bryson DeChambeau, who he played alongside in the final round, as Bryson finished 2 under for the tournament. It goes to show you, you do not need the huge tee shots to conquer Augusta National, and that golf is one of the only sports where a 63 year old can beat a 27 year old in a professional event.
The Best From Off The Course
To put a wrap on the 2020 Masters, let’s end it with maybe the biggest winner of this years Masters, and it was not a golfer. The Chris Vernon Show, hosted by Chris Vernon and Jon Roser, have been doing Masters updates for years, however, they have never got the recognition they deserved. That changed this year, as their Masters update from Thursday’s first round was an instant hit.
Chris took the Masters, known for its quiet and calm commentary, and turned it into an exciting and hilarious way to update viewers on how the golfers were doing. It is difficult to explain, so I will just let you watch the updates from Thursday and Friday below. Personally, I have watched them over 20 times each, and they still never get old. My personal favorites include “Tony Finau, where he be now”, “Say amen at the corner”, and “It’s a bogey party!”. Check it out for yourself, I promise you, it will not disappoint.