Monday November 16, 2020 – Dustin Johnson won the 2020 Masters Tournament in record-breaking fashion. He’s the first player in tournament history to reach -20, besting the scoring record previously held by Tiger and Jordan Spieth.

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His World #1 ranking validates and even justifies this performance, but it’s a whole nother thing when you watch him play. DJ is by far the best golfer on the planet. Anyone who says otherwise is an asshole.

While his approach to the game and simple, often monotone, answers are often the butt of a lot of jokes, it’s far more sophisticated than that. He’s just able to do what other golfers aren’t. Keep it simple stupid. “I look at is as there’s only two things that can happen. You can hit a good shot or a bad shot so why waste time doing it?”

I mean, what a heater DJ’s been on. In his last 8 starts, with a little Covid mixed in, he’s gone: T12 @wgcfedex, T2 @pgachampionship, 1st @thentgolf, 2nd @bmwchamps, 1st @playofffinale, T6 @usopengolf, T2 @houopengolf, and 1st @themasters.

It’s pretty special to accomplish all that with your brother on the bag, too. I’ve got some brothers who have accomplished some pretty cool things in the world of sports and I like to think I’ve played a small part in that. So, I say this with a little bit of experience. The only person on the planet who probably wanted that win yesterday more than DJ was AJ. Not for himself, but for their team. Real fucking cool.

Also, if you didn’t like DJ before, you definitely do now after the presser he gave after receiving the green jacket.

“On the golf course, I’m pretty good at controlling my emotions, you know, because I’m out playing golf. But I had a tough time there speaking on the putting green…Just because it, like I said, it means so much to me. It means so much to my family, Paulina, the kids. They know it’s something that I’ve always been dreaming about and it’s why I work so hard.”

DJ wasn’t the only one setting records yesterday. Cameron Smith became the first player in Masters Tournament history to shoot 4 consecutive rounds in the 60s. Smith did that and still lost to DJ by 5-strokes if that helps put DJ’s performance in perspective.

It wouldn’t be a Masters recap if we didn’t touch on Tiger. He entered the week looking to defend his championship and got off to the best start of his career during Round 1. But, he just couldn’t find it after that. In fact, Tiger set a record of his own yesterday with a 10 on the Par 3 12th. But, there’s hope. Rather than freak out and stop keeping score (guilty), Big Cat did what only he could do by proceeding to birdie 5 of the 6 remaining holes.

We’ve seen this before. Bubba won the Masters in 2012, made a 10 on the Par 3 12th on Sunday in 2013, and then came back to win again in 2014. 

So, Tiger will win in April. We don’t make the rules, we just follow the science.

Masters Week is the best week of golf all year. Nothing compares. And, unlike this past year, you won’t have to wait for 19-months until the next one.

140 days…

Winners & Losers

  • Winner – Dustin Johnson: Masters scoring record, 2nd Major, 24th win on Tour, 14th straight season with a win, 26th on the all-time wins list. 
  • Loser – It’d be easy to sit here and list Tiger after his stellar start on Thursday, but we’re not gonna do that. Not to the GOAT. This was DJ’s tournament to lose, and well, that didn’t happen.

If You Want To Feel Bad About Your Bank Account

Making millions of dollars is sweet, but you could make a compelling case that guys would compete at the Masters simply for the green jacket. But, when you can have your cake and eat it too, why not? Here’s a look at how the bank accounts of the top finishers fared at Augusta National Golf Club:

  • Dustin Johnson – $2,070,000 and 600 FedExCup Points
  • Cameron Smith – $1,012,000 and 270 FedExCup Points
  • Sungjae Im – $1,012,000 and 270 FedExCup Points
  • Justin Thomas – $552,000 and 150 FedExCup Points
  • Rory McilRoy – $437,000 and 115 FedExCup Points
  • Dylan Frittelli – $437,000 and 115 FedExCup Points
  • Brooks Koepka – $358,417 and 94 FedExCup Points
  • Jon Rahm – $358,417 and 94 FedExCup Points
  • C.T. Pan – $358,417 and 94 FedExCup Points

Total side note, but the @datagolf predictive model finally got one right. DJ was the favorite on Friday AM and that never changed.

WTF Else Is Goin’ On

  • There’s a documentary on Tiger coming to HBO in January and the trailer is exceptional.
  • Want to play like DJ? Here’s what was in his bag at Augusta.
  • Relive DJ’s final round at Augusta.

The Week Ahead

  • While we likely won’t see the top guys in the world for quite some time, there’s still PGA Tour golf this weekend. Players are heading to the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, GA for the RSM Classic.
  • There are only guarantees in life are death, taxes, and Cut Draw golf giveaways. Become a member for just ten cents a day for a chance to win.