AUGUSTA, Ga. – On the biggest Sunday of his golf life, Dustin Johnson walked the 18th fairway and went to his caddy and brother, Austin, and asked a question, which would be used against him: How do we stand
Austin later said, “I told him he had a five-shot lead.” “I could kick it from there. He had no clue. “
The DJ later confirmed this: He did not know what the leaderboard looked like. He also said that he wanted to break the Masters scoring record, but he didn’t know clearly what the record was: “It was 19 [under] Earlier? “No. It was under 18. All of this would be fuel for those who believe the 2020 Masters champion is not bright. In fact, it is a testament to the quirky talent of Dustin Johnson.
This is what Johnson knew when he left at 9:39 on Sunday morning: he had a four-shot lead, and if he had played well, he would have won. That was it. This was enough. Golf is as complex as the golfer makes it, and Johnson specializes in finding out how much he needs to know. Rory McIlroy, who played with Johnson in the first two rounds, summed up DJ’s approach as: “Watch the ball, hit the ball, see the put, put the hole, go to the next … He makes the game so simple , Or so it looks. Simple for a certain time. ”
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McIlroy has a natural barbs. Johnson Ambala. He speaks slowly and usually not as much. “He does not throw clubs or curse at me nor deliver any goods,” Austin Johnson said Sunday. People confuse it with apathy, but in reality he cares desperately. Brooks Kopka says it is easy to win big companies because they know that other players will panic and beat themselves up; Koepka has convinced himself that he never panics. “I was nervous all day,” Johnson admitted Sunday. He thought that the vein would go away as soon as he became dizzy, but he never did it.
He saved the driver for a three-wood from the first tee and still got a shovel bunker. He put his campaign in the second hole to equalize. Then he needed a toilet break on the second hole. This is never a good sign. He made a short three-wood short hit of the greenside bunker, and even though he was in the fairway, he didn’t like his lie – the ball was “sitting slightly down, and it was sticky at the bottom.” Austin said, and Dustin tried to hit an accurate shot and he popped it into the bunker. He equalized, but that shot was dangerous.
He hit his T-shot on a par-3 fourth fat, gave up his lack of green, and made the bogey.
He hit his drive to the par-4 hole in the fairway bunker, had to lay down, and made another bogey.
As he stood on the 6th tee, with the pin on the back-right shelf, do you know what he did No need?
To see the leaderboard, that’s it.
He was quite nervous, and he knew it. He just needed to hit good shots. He had a great hit, birdie at number 6, and never really hit a bad shot again. He scored lateral-5, 13 and 15, conservative but nonetheless birdie. He later said, “I knew that if I play well, especially [No.] 8 for home, that I am going to put myself in a good position and have a chance to win. I did not want now [the leaderboard] To influence my way of playing. I hadn’t seen it yet. I took what I was given and could hit the hit I felt. “
Throughout, Austin kept looking at the leaderboard. He said that “it was very bad for me”. Austin did not want to tell Dustin what the other players were doing. Dustin knew if he really needed to know — if someone in another group shot his life round, and Dustin needed to make something birdie — Austin would tell him. And so he was free to just play golf.
Austin is not one of those revered caddy servants; He recently drew attention to Dustin’s ability to hit a great shot, when Austin gave him the wrong yardage, the kind of thing most Caddies don’t say. But Austin is the perfect cradle for Dustin. He helps his brother get to the right mental place.
And so when Dustin says he didn’t know where he stood, what he means is: “Of course not. I mean, I assumed I had the lead, but I didn’t know how many.” Knew that if he scored two or less, he would almost certainly win. He knew that he was four years old from 17 years. When Austin said he had a five-shot lead, the DJ replied, “I think I can handle anyone.” He knew what he had to do next: look at the ball, hit the ball, look at the put, release the put, pierce the tap-in. He finished at five strokes, under 20, ahead of Sungje Im and Cameron Smith.
Austin wiped tears four times. Dustin did not. He gave a half-fist-pump and acted like he scored 66 in the second round of the Houston Open. Only later, when CBS’s Amanda Balionis asked what it meant to win the Green Jacket, did she start losing it.
Both Dustin and Austin talked about having children, how to win the Masters in each practice night. Dustin actually did it because he wasn’t surrounding that dream with clutter.
Johnson did a long experiment with the leading 47-inch driver at the Masters, but he thought he would miss a lot of fairways and therefore never used it. He tells Austin for the yardage and helps read the putts, and not much else. It is not dropped too high or too low.
Austin said, “You can’t tell if we’re getting into the stretch of a major or if we’re lying on the couch watching football from his reactions. He seemed really focused this morning. He He had his mind set on doing what he wanted to do, and it didn’t look like doing anything was going to knock him out. “
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Johnson is so talented no matter what, he always seems like he should do more. He now has two big wins and can easily win five. But it is very difficult to win two, and doing so is much more than talent.
“His golf IQ charts are off,” said his swing coach, Claude Harmon. “I think we saw it today. I think maybe four, five or six years ago, he was initially stunned by what happened. I think it’s very interesting that ‘we’re going to change the ball’ and talk about Bryson [DeChambeau] Rewriting Golf, DJ did what Tiger did [Woods] Back in the day: ‘Kill me a flock of fairies. I already have until the rest. ‘If you look at Run Tiger in 2000, 2001, he was not trying to leave everyone behind. DJ is definitely not trying to make it past hits. He is just trying to give himself many chances. “
Nineteen months ago, Woods won his fifth Masters title, perhaps the most audacious celebration in Augusta national history. This year, without a ticket because of COVID-19, Johnson won in front of dozens of people, at least three of whom knew how to wear masks properly. The subdued atmosphere was fit. Johnson doesn’t really like attention.
Johnson recently did COVID-19 himself, and he said that a two-week quarantine in a hotel room is no way to get ready for a major. But Johnson always feels good about his game. Harmon said there was nothing about Johnson’s game that worried him to enter the week.
Maclero arrives in August very Determined to win; He scored 75 in the first round, negating the remaining 11 appearances. McIlroy is an amazing player and four-time major champion, but in Augusta he struggled to do what he did for Johnson: see ball, hit ball, put, hole put. There is no mention of a green jacket there. Nothing to celebrate. easy.
“It’s something to admire all the time,” McIlroy said on Friday. “I think he has one of the best attitudes towards the game of golf in the history of the game.”
Johnson is a pleasant but reticent public speaker; He had not dreamed of a Masters victory at a press conference but a Masters victory. When he was asked to say which club he hit each hole, he looked at a screen that had his scorecard on it and began to go hole-by-hole. But then the screen changed. He looked like he really needed it – like he didn’t even know, after all these years, which hole was 14 and which was 17. But he is only caricature again. Of course he remembered every shot. He just loved looking at his scorecard because he said it was for the same reason that he loves Austin on his bag: it’s comfort.
Woods put a 42-long green jacket over Johnson’s shoulders, after which both champions walked from Butler’s cabin to practice for the traditional trophy ceremony. Austin Johnson took out his camera and began taking videos of his lifetime and his brother’s best golfer in the Green Jacket. This is where Dustin Johnson stands, and where he will always be.