Dustin Johnson storms to record-breaking Masters victory

Dustin Johnson storms to record-breaking Masters victory

November 16, 2020

Dustin Johnson storms to record-breaking Masters victory as world No 1 shoots lowest EVER score after 72 holes at Augusta National by finishing five shots clear on 20 under par

  • Dustin Johnson made history at the Masters as he stormed to his second major 
  • The world No 1 carded a final round of 68 to finish on 20 under par at Augusta
  • Johnson placed five shots clear of Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im in second 
  • Rory McIlroy finished tied fifth on 11 under par despite a tough opening round 

We might have guessed that when Dustin Johnson finally won the Masters he would do so smashing all sorts of records.

The prodigiously gifted 36-year-old American showed his brittle side on the front nine to keep things interesting, before blowing everyone away over the best back nine in golf.

A week that began with all the talk about beefcake Bryson DeChambeau had ended in triumph for the best all-round athlete in the sport. 

Dustin Johnson slips on the Green Jacket following his record-breaking triumph at the Masters

The American world No 1 shot an incredible 20 under par at Augusta, finishing five shots clear

Johnson carded a final round of 68 to pull clear of his closest challengers after a brief scare

Johnson shows his emotions after finally getting his hands on his second major 

Johnson, who was born just an hour away from Augusta in South Carolina, shot a final round 68 for a 20-under total that lowered by two shots the all-time 72-hole record set by Jordan Spieth in 2015. It equalled the record in any major, set by Jason Day at the 2015 USPGA and matched by Henrik Stenson in winning the Open at Royal Troon the following year.

What made Johnson’s victory particularly impressive was the way he regrouped after a plainly jittery start. He was just two shots ahead of the feisty Australian Cameron Smith with nine holes to play — the moment where they say the Masters really begins.

A classic duel looked about to unfold between the man whose long game stats were off the charts against the pugnacious Queenslander leading the chipping and putting categories.

Johnson was having none of that. Emerging with safe pars from the trinity of dangerous holes to open the back nine, he turned on the afterburners with three birdies in a row. Game over, although credit the likeable Smith, who achieved a bitter-sweet piece of history of his own. Fancy becoming the first man ever to shoot four rounds in the sixties at the Masters — and still not winning. 

Johnson hugs his brother and caddie, Austin, following his incredible triumph at the Masters

Johnson’s brother can’t hide his emotions on the 18th green as he gets ready for his final putt

The 36-year-old produced a dominant display from start to finish at Augusta this week

Johnson is embraced by his fiancee Paulina Gretzky on the 18th green on Sunday

Credit as well to the Korean Im Sung-jae, who finished joint runner-up at the age of only 22 with a fine finish.

This, though, was Johnson’s time, after all the heartache. He remains the only man in history to blow his first four 54-hole leads in majors but rendered that stat redundant with this fabulous riposte in his fifth.

The winning margin was five strokes and the only other men to win by so many in the last 40 years were Sir Nick Faldo in 1996 and Tiger Woods the following year.

Adding the green jacket to his 2016 US Open win, Johnson finished with just four bogeys for the week and yet another record — the lowest amount achieved by a Masters champion. Not only has he got the flair, he’s now learned to eliminate the mistakes.

There’s a lesson in that for Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for fifth. He followed up that horrendous first round 75 with scores of 66, 67 and 69.

‘It looks to me like he’s gone from trying to force it on Thursday to thinking, “To heck with it, let’s go and play” and allowing it to happen,’ said three-time Masters champion Faldo. 

Cameron Smith put pressure on Johnson early on but ended up finishing in a tie for second

South Korean golfer Sungjae Im tied second with Smith after finishing on 15 under par

Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for fifth on 11 under par despite a tough opening round

It was certainly a gutsy response. McIlroy gave a glimpse afterwards into the ‘stress and anxiety’ he feels each April trying to complete the career Grand Slam.

‘Each time I lose between 10 and 15lbs over the course of the week,’ said the man who looks like he’s got no weight to lose.

There to greet Johnson as he came off the 18th green was his fiancee Paulina — daughter of ice hockey’s greatest name, Wayne Gretzky — and former Masters champions Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Spieth.

‘Welcome to the club,’ they chorused. ‘Always wanted to join’ said the local boy, as his brother and caddy Austin dissolved into tears.

What a contrast it all was to the early holes and Johnson’s brutal attack of nerves. The man who never missed a fairway on Saturday found a fairway bunker at the first and then the second cut of rough at the next.

The golfer who played seemingly without a care in his third round 65 needed a bathroom break just 30 minutes after teeing off. 

Tiger Woods shot an astonishing 10 on par-3 12th after hitting his ball into water three times

Johnson enjoyed a procession during his final round at the last major of the year at Augusta

Johnson had eagled the second hole in both the first round and the third. This time, he stubbed a difficult pitch into one of the cavernous greenside bunkers, but at least had the presence of mind to play a fine recovery for par. You would have thought a birdie at the third, where he holed a 12ft putt, would have settled him. There was even a little fist pump from the man who rarely shows emotion.

At the difficult par-three fourth, however, he hit his tee shot so fat it didn’t sound like a Johnson iron blow at all. It led to his first bogey all week on the front nine and, wouldn’t you know it, he followed it with another at the fifth.

Clearly, Johnson needed a crisp iron shot on the next par three, the sixth, if the final day wasn’t to prove to be like so many for him in the majors. He delivered it and holed the short birdie putt.

Thereafter, he clearly started to relax. He started finding fairways. He started holing putts. He showed why he is, by a distance, the best golfer in the world.

The first reigning world No 1 to win the Masters since Tiger in 2002. Appropriately, it was defending champion Woods who helped him into his green jacket.

What a week. DeChambeau ended up getting beaten by 63-year-old Bernhard Langer, the oldest man to make the halfway cut. The best player walked off with the ultimate prize. This one-off November Masters ended up as the winter warmer we always hoped for. 


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Johnson on his victory: ‘It feels like a dream. As a kid you dream about winning the Masters. Having Tiger hand you over the Green Jacket, it feels like a dream. I couldn’t be more excited.’

Johnson on sharing the winning moment with his brother caddie, Austin: ‘It is an unbelievable feeling to experience all this with my brother. He has been a big help on my bag, I love him on my bag. I wouldn’t want anyone else there. And having Paulina there too was awesome. But I had to jab him on 18th as he was crying, while I still had to finish it off.’

On making history by shooting the lowest ever score at the Masters: ‘Yes it is an incredible feeling. I played unbelievable golf all week, I played really well today and it was difficult. To have the scoring record is a great honour, and I don’t even know what to say. I am just so excited, it’s hard to talk.’

It’s time for Tiger Woods to hand over the Green Jacket to Dustin Johnson in the Butler Cabin.

Let’s hear from DJ right now…

Dustin Johnson was dominant from start to finish, ending five shots clear of his closest challengers Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im.

Here is the top of the leaderboard from the Masters…

The emotions spill out on the 18th green. DJ’s caddie, his brother, can’t hide the tears as he soaks up Johnson’s record-breaking triumph.

Johnson’s fiancee Paulina Gretzky runs onto the 18th green to embrace the Masters champion.

It is a very special day for DJ…

Johnson gets ready for the winning moment. He sends his birdie putt on its way but it ends just short. 

Johnson taps in… and he is the Masters champion!

Four days of brilliance has given the world No 1 his second major!

It’s a record-breaking Masters triumph, as he shoots 20 under par – the lowest ever score at Augusta over 72 holes.

The celebrations can begin!

A big shot for Im as he looks to chip in for outright second at the Masters. He gets it on line but it ends up a couple of feet short. Should finish with a steady par…

Despite the Green Jacket being his, Johnson certainly isn’t letting up. The American’s approach shot leaves him with about 15 feet left for birdie on the final hole.

What a feeling this must be. He has been in outstanding form all week, a thoroughly deserved victory.

He is very warmly greeted by those lucky enough to be present at Augusta for this unprecedented Masters…

Justin Thomas finishes with a par to place in fourth on 12 under. 

The world No 3 shoots a final round of 70.

So close to a spectacular finish from Cameron Smith. He chips onto the green with his third shot on 18, and his effort just runs out a couple of inches short.

He raises a smile before putting out for par to finish his Masters campaign on 15 under par. It has been a heroic performance from the Australian today, and all week in fact.

But coming up against Johnson, it was just an impossible task today…

Johnson fires his final drive of the Masters right down the middle of the 18th fairway. Emphatic stuff.

Im meanwhile, still chasing outright second, hits a lovely left to right fade up the right-hand side of the fairway!

Johnson sends his lengthy left to right birdie putt on its way but it doesn’t have enough pace and drifts to a couple of feet right of the cup. He settles for par.

Im, who gets a good read of Johnson’s putt, leaves his slightly short but it’s a tap-in par to keep him at 15 under – tied with Smith.

Ancer rolls home for par to stay at 8 under. It hasn’t been his day but there is plenty to come from him in the future.

McIlroy: ‘I will look back on this week and I will rue what happened on that Friday morning coming back and finishing that first round.

‘After that I played well and hung in there and played a really solid game on the weekend.

I am pleased with my performance, especially over the last three rounds.’

Johnson finds the dancefloor, playing his approach shot on the par-4 17th into the middle of the green.

Only a matter of time now until he slips on the prestigious Green Jacket…

It’s a battle for second between Smith and Im.

The Australian produces a good two-putt on the 17th to remain at 15 under.

If he pars the last, he will have shot the best overall score at the Masters for a player to finish second.

Sungjae Im rolls home for par, the perfect putt there. He remains joint-second on 15 under alongside Cameron Smith with three holes to play.

After finding the front of the 16th green, Johnson sends a lengthy uphill birdie putt on its way, but it rolls left of the cup.

It’s a very solid par. After a brief scare early on today, it has been an excellently controlled performance from Johnson.

McIlroy doesn’t finish for a birdie on the 72nd but it’s a fine last round from the Northern Irishman as he shoots 69.

A very impressive performance from McIlroy since his Thursday horror show.

Johnson is on the brink of history at Augusta as he races towards major victory.

No one has ever reached 20 under at the Masters during any stage of the tournament. And as mentioned previously, the lowest score through four rounds here is 18 under…

This is an absolute procession for the world No 1 as he rolls in another birdie to move him to 20 under par. 

He rolls in for a four on the par-5 15th – that’s his sixth birdie of the day.

A huge five shots in the lead again. Dominant display all week from the American!

Meanwhile that is some birdie for Im after a brilliant up and down. The South Korean moves to 15 under too alongside Smith.

It is relentless stuff from DJ, who after laying up with his second to the par-5 15th, pitches his approach into about six feet for yet another birdie.

Meanwhile, for Im – who was in all sorts of danger – after his ball raced off the back of the green, just short of the water, produces a sublime pitch through the trees to about five feet. Incredible.

Rahm follows up an eagle on the 15th with a birdie on the par-3 16th.

That quick surge has moved him into the top 10 on 10 under for the tournament.

Smith finally gets a birdie to his name after a dry-spell, and it’s some birdie after a poor second shot on the par-5 15th.

It takes him to 15 under par.

Johnson lines up his birdie putt to move him a huge five shots clear with four holes remaining.

And he moves to 19 under as his putt finds the left edge of the cup. Emphatic stuff this from the world No 1.

If he hangs onto what he does, he will set the course record over 72 holes at Augusta National…

Furthermore, he has become only the second player, the other is Jordan Spieth, to reach 19 under at any stage during the Masters.

This is turning into an exhibition for DJ. He produces another splendid approach shot on the par-4 14th and another birdie could be on its way to send him to 19 under.

Green Jacket will be firmly on his mind now…

It’s as good as it could have been for McIlroy on the par-5 15th as he rescues his par after finding the water with his second.

He remains at 11 under par with four holes to play.

It has been a great bounce back from the Northern Irishman following his tough opening round.

Last chance saloon for Smith, surely on the par-4 14th. He has a birdie attempt from just over 10 feet but it doesn’t turn enough and he settles for par again on the 14th.

Meanwhile, Dylan Frittelli birdies the 14th to move into fourth on his own on 12 under.

That’s fantastic from Johnson, who clearly isn’t feeling any nerves. After his delightful approach, he rolls his downhill putt straight into the middle of the cup.

Johnson moves to 18 under, level with Tiger Woods and Justin Spieth’s record score at Augusta…

The world No 1 is now four shots ahead with five holes to play.

Meanwhile, Im rolls home his birdie putt to move to 14 under with Smith.

McIlroy’s faint hopes have sunk after finding the water with his second on the last par-5 on the 15th. 

The Northern Irishman, with the Masters the only major eluding him, shouts for his ball to sit but it races over the back of the green and into the drink.

He had to go for the eagle opportunity if he wanted to stand any chance of keeping his Green Jacket hopes alive… but it unfortunately hasn’t worked out!

Johnson urges his ball to sit down as he sends his approach on its way, and it’s a fine outcome. 

He will have a downhill putt from just outside five feet for birdie. It has been great course management today from DJ!

Meanwhile, Im will have an excellent birdie opportunity after a fine third shot.

Smith has a chance of getting back within two but he is now running out of holes as his birdie effort on par-5 13th drifts just right of the cup.

Meanwhile, Johnson – with mud on his ball – lays up behind with water in sight on the par-5. He could have reached the green in two but he certainly wasn’t going to risk that.

Typical Tiger Woods there. After his shocking 10 on the 12th, he finishes off with four birdies in a row (and five in six holes) after sinking a 10-footer on the last.

That 12th hole rather ruined his Masters campaign but in the whole, it was still an impressive week for the 15-time major winner.

He finishes one under for the tournament after a disappointing final round of 76.

On the hole ahead, Smith lays up with his second to the par-5 13th. The Australian lands his approach high of the pin, and hopes it will work its way back but it doesn’t.

Smith, whose best previous finish at the Masters was fifth in 2018, has a 10-foot downhill putt for par.

After his beautiful shot to the middle of the green on the par-3 12th, Johnson sends his birdie putt on its way but it rolls just left of the cup. 

But it’s a very steady putt, and it’s another par for the world No 1 to stay three shots ahead.

Champion-elect… or too early to say?

Im meanwhile makes a brilliant up and down from the sand for par to stay at 13 under.

DeChambeau finishes up on the ninth for par. The pre-tournament favourite following his brilliant US Open triumph, ends on two under.

He will have taken plenty of notes ahead of his Augusta assault next April.

Time for Johnson to tackle the par-3 12th. He works the ball back into the wind, and that is an excellent shot, finding the middle of the dancefloor. 

It’s dry, and he has a lengthy birdie putt with a potentially very dangerous hole out of the way.

Smith walked off with a par just minutes ago on the 12th.

That is lovely play from Johnson, leaving himself with just under five feet for par on the 11th. And he just catches the left edge, keeping him three shots ahead of his nearest challenger, Smith.

That’s the first leg of Amen corner ticked off for Johnson!

Im has about 20 feet for birdie but leaves it short. Disappointing from the South Korean, but he rolls in for par too to remain on 13 under.

Smith onto the daunting 12th tee. He opts for the 8-iron, and carries the bunker to find the front of the green.

Lovely shot there, with the risk averted…

Johnson has 224 yards left to play and just like Smith, he hangs his approach shot out to the right of the green. But he misses it in the right spot, avoiding the water down the left.

Meanwhile, Im – who also hit a beauty of a drive, finds the back of the green. His heart was racing there though. Pitch that two yards further, and it’s heading for the drop. Hige break.

Johnson, who unleashed a fabulous drive on the 11th, watches on ahead as Smith has a putt to save par.

But the Australian’s par attempt drifts to the low-side and it’s a bogey. Some more breathing space for the world No 1, chasing his second major.

Johnson is three shots ahead as he gets ready for his second shot on the 11th.

Smith, Johnson’s nearest challenger, has work to do on 11 after a poor approach shot, that hangs out to the right.

The Australian chips onto the green, and has about 10 foot left for par, ahead of the intimidating 12th… which could prove vital today!

Meanwhile, Smith’s playing partner Justin Thomas has failed to put up a challenge today. He remains on 10 under, level par for the day.

Johnson with a big right to left putt here. He sends it on its way but he errs on the high side and settles for par.

It’s another hole – which easily could have been a banana skin – navigated, and he keeps his two-shot lead with eight holes to play. The world No 1 stays at 17 under par. 

Im sinks his par putt, and that was an important one to keep him four shots behind on 13 under.

And it’s another bogey for Ancer – just one of those learning days for the Mexican.

His heart would have been beating fast there but Fleetwood walks off the par-3 12th with a birdie.

Just moments after Tiger’s astonishing 10, Fleetwood faces a daunting chip from the back of the green.

He sends the ball on its way and it’s racing towards the hole pretty quickly, with a few worries it could be heading near to the water.

But it hits the pin, and sinks into the cup! A welcome birdie for Fleetwood, who moves back to seven under.

Johnson hits the perfect tee shot on the 10th, and then his approach comes out just like he wanted it to. A little draw right to left, and it’s very well-executed. It looks a tough birdie chance from around 20 feet, but you never know.

Im, with the ball above his feet, leaves his approach slightly short and faces an uphill putt for birdie.

Here is how the leaderboard looks as Johnson starts his back nine.

Johnson: 17 under (thru nine)

Smith: 15 under (thru ten)

Im: 13 under (thru nine)

Frittelli: 11 under (thru ten)

Slightly too much pace from Johnson as his birdie effort just stays agonisingly high of the cup.

But it’s a steady par and another hole out of the way, with just the back nine left to play. Two ahead still.

It’s a par for Im, while Ancer birdies. The Mexican finds himself way back now on nine under after reaching the turn in 39.

DJ finds himself right in the middle of the fairway after his tee shot on the ninth, leaving himself with just 111 yards left to the pin.

And that is great from the world No 1, leaving himself with just over 10 feet downhill for birdie. 

He is looking very tidy at the moment, but will the pressure Smith has put on affect him? So close to that back nine feeling on the Sunday!

Smith shoots 33 on the front nine, brilliant stuff. The Australian birdies the par-4 ninth following an incredible approach shot, that rolls to just a couple of feet.

He is just two shots behind again on 15 under. Can he keep the pressure on?

Im with a big putt on the par-5 eighth for a birdie four from about 10 feet. That takes him back to 13 under.

Johnson follows that up with a birdie of his own after knocking it onto the green in two. He is now on 17 under, and is back in control right now.

Horror hole for Tiger on the par-3 12th, which constantly undoes the world’s best.

His tee shot finds the water before his third shot, having taken a drop, also trickles straight back into the water.

And it doesn’t get any easier, then finding the greenside trap. Playing his sixth from the bunker, he again blasts it straight into the water.

He somehow walks off with a 10, dropping seven shots to move back to four over for the tournament.

Wow. That’s what the 12th hole can do to the world’s best.

Im set to drop at least one shot after his approach on the seventh finds the bunker at the back of the green. 

The South Korean gets it out of the sand but his ball then races off the front of the green. He plays a great chip back on and pops in for a bogey. That’s back-to-back dropped shots and he is back on 12 under.

Meanwhile, DJ finds himself in the front bunker and plays a great shot. A couple of feet down the hill for par. 

And that’s a great up and down to save par. Stays on 16 under, two shots ahead of Smith.

That is simply incredible from Smith. He looked in all sorts of trouble after fading his tee shot into the trees down the right.

But he somehow squeezes his approach shot through the trees and finds the green, leaving himself with roughly 10 feet for what would be a miraculous birdie. 

And he duly sinks his birdie putt. Now just two shots off the lead on 14 under, and in second place on his own.

McIlroy is enjoying a brilliant final round, and the shackles have certainly come off.

He moves to fourth on the leaderboard after a birdie on the par-5 fourth. Five back off Johnson…

Im plays a beautiful chip shot from off the back of the sixth green, leaving himself with just under five feet for par.

Now does Johnson have the resilience to bounce back from his previous mistakes and re-establish his two-shot lead? 

He does just that, rolling his putt in from left to right. Two bogeys followed by a birdie at the sixth. Returns to 16 under, where he started the day.

And just like that, Im can’t make his par and that one-shot gap has now changed to three again. A real match-play scenario there.

This is a huge shot for Johnson to try and settle his nerves.

It looks on target, and that is an absolute beauty, getting enough fade to leave himself with just under 10 feet for birdie on the par-3 sixth.

Can he capitalise with Im just off the back of the green. Still work to do however…

Some absolutely brilliant stuff from the final group out. Im produces an incredible flop shot from the thick rough on the left to about four feet.

Meanwhile, Ancer – with a monster putt from right to left – does brilliantly to leave himself with a couple of feet left for par.

And now it’s time to see if Johnson can finish up for par. But he can’t! And it’s a second dropped shot in as many holes. He is now over par for the first time this round. Test of character time now.

Im shows he is not going anywhere, rolling in steadily for par, now just one shot back off the world No 1 at the top of the leaderboard.

And Ancer also rolls in for par. That will make him feel a whole lot better.

DJ takes his medicine and gets his ball safely back onto the fairway from the fairway bunker. 

He has it all to do to rescue his par but plays a magnificent approach shot, just five feet over the pin. Very aggressive play, and maybe just what he needed to calm any nerves.

He has hit some wonderful shots so far this week, and that is up there with the very best. He may be such a big-hitter, but he is just as impressive with his wedges.

Smith, who has cut the lead in half, as a big job on his hands to save par on the 5th. But his delicate downhill putt from 15 feet doesn’t quite have the legs.

Smith moves back to 13 under, with Im second on his own a shot ahead.

Following his first bogey of the round, Johnson finds the fairway bunker down the left with his drive on the 5th. 

The world No 1 will be hoping his ball is sitting nicely…

Johnson gets the putter out just shy of the green on the par-3 fourth. But his ball takes an almighty hop as it races onto the green and he has plenty of work to do to save par with just under 12 feet.

Im rolls his birdie putt towards the hole but it doesn’t turn enough, and settles for a steady par to remain at 14 under.

Meanwhile, Johnson steps up for his par. It looks like a right-edge putt but his ball curls around the left of the hole, and it’s a bogey.

Will that dent his confidence? It’s just a two-shot lead again.

Meanwhile, it’s been a sour last 20 minutes for Ancer, and it’s another bogey for the Mexican, which puts McIlroy into the top five.

Rory McIlroy has enjoyed a fine start to his final round, and finds himself two under for the day after a birdie on the sixth.

He now moves into a tie for sixth on 10 under par.

The Green Jacket is out of his sights but he has made a fine recovery after a rough opening round at Augusta.

Im’s hugely impressive start continues on the fourth, and leaves himself a 15-or-so feet left for birdie.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s approach on the par-3 lands just short of the green and a par looks a safe bet at present.

And Ancer, after the disappointment on the third, finds the greenside bunker.

It is not the greatest tee shot from Smith on the par-3 fourth, hooking it slightly into the sand on the left. 

But he produces a fine bunker shot, and makes no mistake with his par putt. He stays at 14 under in a tie for second with Im.

The third hole certainly makes you think. It’s not the longest but the approach shot makes it difficult for any player.

Ancer walks off with a bogey after a clumsy second shot, which found the bunker. 

Meanwhile, Johnson swishes his tee shot just short of the green but he leaves himself with a hugely difficult downhill putt, going left to right, from 10 feet for birdie after a heavy-handed chip on.

The world No 1 takes his time but that is just brilliant, emphatically rolling it into the middle of the cup. After scrambling for a five on the second, he makes a terrific three on the next.

He moves to 17 under now, three shots in the lead.

Meanwhile, Im follows up his birdie on the second with another on the third. It has been a fine start for the South Korean, who is showing no signs of nerves.

Johnson’s lead has been cut from four to just two shots now thanks to Cameron Smith’s brilliant start.

The Australian follows up his birdie on the second with another one on the par-4 third following a fantastic approach shot – landing just three feet away.

Smith is now 14 under. He couldn’t, could he?

Tiger left himself with plenty of work to do after pulling his tee shot way left on the seventh.

He plays safely back onto the fairway for his second before his approach shot lands 10 feet from the pin at the front of the green.

But Woods can’t make the resulting putt and walks away with a bogey. Not happy with himself at all, and he moves back to four under.

But Johnson has played an absolute beauty, following in the footsteps of Abraham Ancer, who also found himself in the same bunker.

Johnson has just a couple of feet left for par… while Ancer has a great chance to make a birdie and close the gap on the leader.

But Ancer can’t finish it off and has to settle for par. It’s a shake of the head, clearly frustrated there.

Im gets his first birdie of the day, putting home from five feet after his initial chip from the back of the green. He is now just three behind on 13 under.

And Johnson finishes off, rolling home for a consecutive par. It’s been a steady start…

Johnson punches his fairway wood just short off the greenside bunker on the par-5 second, but faces a tough chip on for three, with little room to manoeuvre. 

But he is way too cute, and finds the bunker. A surprising mistake from DJ, and he is now scrambling for par.

Justin Thomas, with outside hopes of contending six shots back, gets off to a poor start. He has a par-putt from 10 feet on the par-5 second but his effort drifts just right of the hole.

Moves back to nine under.

Cameron Smith meanwhile makes his move, making a solid birdie putt from left to right, and is now 13 under.

It has been a slightly nervous start for Dustin Johnson off the tee, as he finds the rough down the right on the par-5 second.

He will be hoping to capitalise however on this 575 yard par-5 and get off to the perfect start.

Three consecutive birdies have been undone for Cameron Champ. He posts a triple-bogey on the fourth, and moves back to six under par.

Johnson with his birdie putt effort coming up, this will have some speed on it. And it’s a steady try, just drifting left of the hole leaving himself with a couple of feet uphill for his par. And he rolls it in.

Abraham Ancer goes close to birdie on the opening hole, but taps in for par. And it’s a par for Sungjae Im.

Johnson stays on 16 under, while Ancer and Im remain on 12 under.

Make that three birdies in a row for Cameron Champ. 

It has been an extremely impressive display by the Masters debutant this week. He moves to nine under, in a tie for seventh.

Johnson, from the bunker, finds the right-hand side of the green from his second shot on the opening hole. 

That is great course management. He doesn’t take the aggressive approach and seek the pin, but instead safely finds the dancefloor.

Gives himself an outside birdie opportunity.

Meanwhile, the penultimate group of Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas and Dylan Frittelli all make steady pars on the opening hole.

Dustin Johnson gets his final round going. It’s a huge day ahead for the American, and what would be a deserved second major if he can keep his composure.

The world No 1 opts for a three-wood off the first and looks like he finds the fairway bunker down the right. 

The two penultimate groups just teeing off right now.

Cameron Smith (-12), Dylan Frittelli (-11) and Justin Thomas (-10) get going off the first.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello – who certainly aren’t in contention for the Green Jacket – tee off from the 10th.

Masters debutant Cameron Champ is enjoying a flying start at Augusta during his final round. He has recorded two consecutive birdies on the first and second.

Champ is highlighting just how much pressure the chasing pack can put on later if Dustin Johnson struggles to get into his stride early on.

Champ has moved to eight under par, and is in a tie for 10th.

Here’s your 20-minute warning…

Runaway leader Dustin Johnson – chasing his second major after his 2016 US Open triumph – gets going at 2:39 alongside Sungjae Im and Abraham Ancer, who are both four back on 12 under par.

Wow, nearly an albatross for Bryson DeChambeau on the par-five 13th. The American, who came into the Masters as favourite after his dominant victory at the US Open, is just inches away from holing out for two.

But he will have to settle for an eagle, which will move him to four under par.

Very solid start for 15-time major winner Tiger Woods, in his iconic final round red and black attire, as he birdies the second.

He nearly replicated Leishman’s chip in on the second, but settles for birdie. But it’s an agonising watch for Woods, as his eagle chip from the back of the green rolls all the way around the hole. He can’t quite believe it.

He now moves to to six under par and in a tie for 16th.

Not long now until leader Dustin Johnson gets his final round underway.

There are just eight groups left to get going now, with four teeing off from the first and four from the 10th.

Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood start off the first in 10 minutes… that is some group.

It’s an eagle for Marc Leishman on the par-5 second. What a start for the Australian.

Leishman chips in from just off the back of the green to move up to six under par for the Masters.

Last year’s champion Tiger Woods starts off with a par four on the first. 

But it wasn’t the best of starts for DeChambeau, who bogeyed the 10th to move back to two under.

Lee Westwood meanwhile has made a birdie-birdie start to move to five under.

Matt Wallace has got off to the worst start possible during his opening round. He heads to the second after a triple bogey on the par-4 first. He moves back to one under par.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose walks off his opening 10th hole with a bogey. That’s a third consecutive bogey on that hole for the Englishman..

OLIVER HOLT: On Friday evening at Augusta, Jon Rahm was asked to cast his mind back to the long delays in play earlier in the day at the third hole after pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau had sprayed successive tee shots into the rough. 

‘Were you involved in the search for Bryson’s ball at all?’ a journalist said to Rahm. Rahm furrowed his brow. ‘Which one?’ he said.

It may well have been inadvertent but if two words told the cruel story of how pride came before a fall for the man who was the biggest story in golf going into the US Masters this year, they were encapsulated in Rahm’s innocent response. Four days at Augusta National gives you time to eat an awful lot of humble pie but DeChambeau has had no choice but to choke it down.


It is the perfect start for Lee Westwood, as he walks off with a birdie on the opening hole. But it could have been a whole lot better as he nearly holed out for an eagle on the first, with his ball ending up just inches away for a tap-in birdie.

Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau is now out on the course, having started off on the 10th alongside past Masters champions Charl Schwartzel and Bernhard Langer.

Tiger Woods gets going in just a few minutes…

DEREK LAWRENSON: They were first among equals at the start of the third round of the Masters, the only time in majors history where the world’s top three golfers had all been tied for the lead at halfway.

Heading into the final round on Sunday, the contrast is stark. World No 1 Dustin Johnson simply blew away No 2 Jon Rahm and third-ranked Justin Thomas courtesy of a fabulous bogey-free 65 for a four shot lead. With a 54 hole total of 200 strokes, Johnson has tied the 16 under par record set by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

So complete was his domination, Rahm and Thomas are not even his closest pursuers. That forlorn-looking task has fallen instead to three players for whom second place would be comfortably their best result in a major – Korean Sung-jae Im, Mexican Abraham Ancer and Australian Cameron Smith. 


And we’re off for one last time at Augusta!

Matt Wallace, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood get us started off the 1st, while Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Nick Taylor get going off the 10th.

We have another thrilling day ahead…

The first groups were set to get underway at 12:50pm but will now head out at 1pm due to fog…

Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the final day of the Masters.

Dustin Johnson has one hand on the Green Jacket, taking a four-shot lead heading into the final round.

Will he reign supreme or are there some final twists and turns in store?

Find out right here!

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