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Emotional Johnson wins Masters

  • Published at 02:02 pm November 16th, 2020
The USA's Dustin Johnson receives the green jacket from previous year's Masters winner Tiger Woods Sunday

Covid-19 has touched many lives, including Johnson’s after he was forced off the PGA Tour and into quarantine last month after testing positive for coronavirus

For many people 2020 will not be a year they remember fondly, but Masters champion Dustin Johnson will not be one of them.

Covid-19 has touched many lives, including Johnson’s after he was forced off the PGA Tour and into quarantine last month after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Yet that nightmare was overtaken by a childhood dream Sunday as Johnson carded a final-round four-under-par 68 to clinch a five-stroke victory over Australian Cameron Smith and South Korean Im Sung-jae at Augusta National.

Growing up an hour away in Columbia, South Carolina, every putt Johnson would make around the practice green was to win the Masters.

Yet he could never have imagined his moment would come in November not April and the final shot would be greeted not by roars but barely audible applause from a handful of spectators allowed onto Augusta National due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The 44-year-old Woods doesn't like the idea of holding onto the coveted sports coat due to the world-wide coronavirus epidemic that led to the 2020 Masters tournament being postponed until November

Posted by Sports Tribune on Monday, 13 April 2020

Before realizing his childhood dream, Johnson had in September achieved a long-stated career goal of winning the Tour Championship, his first FedEx Cup and the $15m payday, securing his spot at the top of the world ranking.

Always rated among the favorites at golf’s big events, Johnson’s talent and form had not translated into major success, with his only previous win coming at the 2016 US Open.

After being quarantined in a Las Vegas hotel for almost two weeks, Johnson was cleared in time to play one tune up event in Houston last week.

Yet despite a promising tie for second at that event, he was unsure about the chances of adding a Green Jacket to his wardrobe.

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