2020 Masters Recap

Nick Winebrenner, Staff Writer

With the 2020 Masters tournament under wraps, it seems like this tournament has gone just as the rest of the 2020 season went. Total domination by Dustin Johnson. 

Being the first-ever world golf number 1 to win the Masters, Dustin Johnson didn’t surprise many after being 16 undergoing into Sunday. No records were safe this year when Dustin Johnson recorded a -30 ending score and a win at The Northern Trust, a win at the Travelers Championship, a win at the Tour Championship, and to cap it all off, a green jacket in November. 

Aside from Dustin Johnson dominating, another storyline that caught the attention of many viewers was the final round from last year’s winner, Tiger Woods. Being 11 back from the leader going into Sunday, Tiger needed a miracle. He then received the complete opposite as he recorded his first-ever 10 on the par-three, 12th. With three balls ending up in the famous Rae’s Creek, the day was clearly over for the 5x Masters champion, however, this did not bring down Tiger’s spirits as he threw multiple darts on the last 6 holes recording 5 birdies to end his week.

Now let’s talk about Augusta. Long story short, it wasn’t what we had hoped. The soft ground made the course way too easy but did allow for some exciting play all throughout the weekend with players of all caliber pin seeking often. The Azaleas were not pink as usual because the blooming season is in the spring. The crowds and galleries were non-existent and even though it’s normal in this Covid year, it seemed to have a much larger effect on the tournament compared to other sports. And the ugly red pine straw shined way too bright, which was mainly because of the lack of fans to cover it up. To put it this way, we’re all just excited for next year.

It wasn’t just Tiger fans who had a rough week, two candidates who had great odds going into the week both fell short: Bryson Dechambeau, who called the course a par 67, proceeded to shoot -2 on the week and finished tied for 34th. And Rory Mcilroy who had a tough first day shooting +3, bounced back to shoot a combined -14 on the last 3 days finishing tied for fifth. 

While these two players may not have had the week they envisioned, the 2021 Masters is only five and a half months away giving them along with many others another shot at the fabled green jacket.