Last November's Masters Taught Us A Lesson
The final round finished a year ago today and reminded everyone how closely The Masters is linked with springtime in Augusta
One year ago Dustin Johnson won a Tradition Without Patrons by five strokes on the same course where they’ve played the Masters tournament since 1934. On November 15th, 2020, Johnson earned a (42 Long) Green Jacket and no one seems to think twice about Johnson’s 268 breaking a tournament scoring record that stood for 23 years.
It was a Masters. A strange one. But a Masters, nonetheless.
Still, do not expect an avalanche of 2020 Masters retrospectives today recalling memories of a tournament that seemed like the product of a bizarre dream:
A month before Johnson quarantined in a Las Vegas hotel room after testing positive for COVID-19.
Chairman Fred Ridley said the game was at a “turning point” on distance and that it was a much bigger topic than just the impact on Augusta National.
The final round was played before almost no patrons other than mask-wearing members and media.
Tiger Woods made a 10 en route to a final round 76 before putting the Green Jacket on Johnson.
Bernhard Langer beat Bryson DeChambeau by two in their final round pairing.