Dutch Fork grad Dustin Johnson wins The Masters in record fashion
2020 was truly the year in golf for Dustin Johnson.
The world’s number 1 golfer, an Irmo native and Dutch Fork High School graduate punctuated a season in which he earned PGA Tour Player of the Year honors for the 2nd time in his careerby winning The Masters tournament.
Johnson’s round of 4-under-par 68 earned him a 5-stroke victory at Augusta National Golf Club. In addition to earning his 1st green jacket, Johnson’s 4-day total of 20-under-par 268 broke the tournament mark of 270 previously set by 5-time champion Tiger Woods and equalled in 2015 by Jordan Speith.
Woods, who won The Masters in 2019 and was the last number 1 golfer to win the event prior to Sunday, presented Johnson with the green jacket.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Johnson said in the post-match interview. “I played unbelievable golf all week. The conditions of the course definitely helped the scoring a little bit, but, you know, still played really well today. I thought it played really difficult. The wind was very tricky.
“So, to have the scoring record, shooting 20-under this week, is a great honor and just...I don’t know even what to say. I’m so excited, it’s hard to even talk.
This year’s Masters was delayed from April to November because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it was played without patrons in attendance.
Johnson has now won 2 majors along with the 2016 US Open championship to go with 24 career tournament wins. This past year, he won the FedEx Cup which earned him $15 million.