A Masters like no other

The long-awaited event tees off


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The Masters may be returning but no fans will be returning to the tournament. The atmosphere was different the whole weekend; there were still family members and members of the club still the cheers and roars were not the same.

Sean Beatty, Staff Reporter

As many golf fans wondered if the Masters would even be played this year, the United States Golf Association (USGA) finally set up a date for November 12. The golf tournament was originally set for April 9, but was postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Three time Master champion Gary Player, and six time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus were the honorary starters this year. They kicked off the tournament with their ceremonial drives.

No fans were in attendance at Augusta, Georgia, this year, but members of the club and immediate family members were allowed to attend.

The top three favorites going into the tournament were American Bryson Dechambeau, Spanaird Jon Rahm and American Dustin Johnson. The champ from last year, Tiger Woods,  was also an early favor to win it all. Many golfers were playing for the hope of winning their first green jacket.

 Thirty minutes of play in the first round, the tournament was put into a three hour delay due to Tropical Storm Eta. After the delay, play was halted again at 5:30 p.m. ET because of darkness and resumed play at 7:30 a.m. ET the next morning. With the first day over, Paul Casey, Johnson, and Dylan Frittelli were in the lead at seven under par.

After an eventful first day in Augusta, many players were playing for their hope to make the third round after the second round cut. After the cut was made, 60 players qualified to head onto the next round. World number one Johnson and number three Justin Thomas were at the top of the leaderboard along with Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith.

Bernhard Langer became the oldest player ever at 63 to make the cuts at the Masters, shooting three under after the second round. 

When interviewed by Global Golf Post senior writer John Steinbreder, Langer said, “There have been so many great players here before me, from Jack Nicklaus to Gary Player to all the greats that have competed here, and to be the oldest to make the cut, it’s certainly an achievement.”

After day three, Johnson was 16 under, tying Jordan Spieth for the Masters 54 hole scoring record. Johnson has held four previous 54 hole leads but is 0-4 when trying to finish the win. Johnson had a four stroke lead after day three and would need to avoid big numbers on the final day if he wants to win the green jacket.

It was a record final round at the Masters. Woods shot a septuple-bogey 10, which is his highest ever on a hole finishing tied in 39th place in the tournament. Johnson made sure there would be no drama shooting 20 under, the lowest score ever at the Masters and winning by five strokes. The world number one finally got his first green jacket and also got his second major tournament win ever winning the U.S. open in 2016. Johnson couldn’t speak after his win. He had no words, only tears.

When interviewed by CBS sports, Johnson said, “I’ve never had this much trouble gathering myself. On the golf course I am pretty good at it.”

He only had four bogeys the whole tournament, another record that was previously held by Nickalus and Jimmy Demaret. But nothing mattered besides winning that green jacket and nothing looked so good as Woods, the 2019 champion, putting the jacket on him.

When interviewed by CBS sports, Johnson said, “Having Tiger put it on me was awesome. You wouldn’t want it any other way.” He smiled before adding, “But any guy could put it on me, and I’d be just fine.”

Johnson overcame a nervous start bringing back memories of where he failed to finish other majors, but he commanded the tournament the whole time during a Masters like no other.