World number one Dustin Johnson won his first Masters by five strokes as he finished with a record-breaking low score of 20 under par at Augusta.
The American posted a four-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy’s brief charge came too late as he eventually finished nine shots back in tied fifth.
Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 10 on the par-three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish one under.
Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau, who won the US Open in September, endured an erratic week and a final-day 73 put him on two under par for the tournament.
World number three Justin Thomas finished fourth at 12 under after carding a two-under 70 on the final day.
Johnson’s superb performance during this unprecedented November staging of the Masters saw him beat the record lowest winning score of 18 under par set by Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Dustin Johnson What’s in The Bag?
*The five-wood, hybrids and utility come in and out of the bag regularly.
• Driver: TaylorMade SIM, 10.5° with Fujikura Speeder Evo 2.0 prototype shaft
• 3 wood: TaylorMade SIM Max, 15°, Fujikura Ventus Black 105 proto shaft
• 5 wood: TaylorMade SIM Max, 21°, Project X HZRDUS Black 95 grams 6.5-flex
• *Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max, 19°, 22°
• *Utility: TaylorMade SIM DHY
• Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade P730 DJ Protos with True Temper Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
• Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52°, 60°) All have KBS Tour 120S shafts.
• Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited Itsy Bitsy
• Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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Of Tiger Woods’ 15 major victories, it’s his Masters triumphs that seem to hold the most magic. Beyond the shots, the emotion, and the dominance, Woods’ victories identified the evolution of the player.
Three different coaches: Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, Tiger Woods
Three different caddies: Fluff Cowan, Steve Williams, Joe LaCava
Three different club companies: Titleist, Nike, TaylorMade (BONUS: SwingFit carries ALL of these clubs!)
When you look into Woods’ five Masters wins, there are a ton of moving parts, but if you take a close look at his bag, there is very little change in his setup. There has been a ton of change in technology during Woods’ career, but the DNA of his bag is very similar to what it was when he first came onto the scene in 1996. (BONUS #2: Did you know SwingFit now has pro-leve SwingFit AI to help us build the most precise club for your own “pro” swing?)
If you look at the bags from a structural standpoint, the only real changes are his putter: from the Scotty Cameron Tel3 into his ever-powerful Scotty Cameron GSS (colloquially known as the Elder Wand), and the addition of a 5-wood, which was added to the bag during the summer of 2005.
That’s really it. In 23 years. Lofts of irons and wedges? All the same. Grips? The same. Iron shafts? The same. In this day and age of high-tech equipment, it’s extremely unique to have a player staying so close to the bag DNA he played as a junior. The catch? The fit. Tweaks make all the difference in a player’s consistency. See for yourself and book a fitting at one of our indoor/outdoor locations with SwingFit AI.
Let’s take a look at what Woods had in the bag for all five of his Masters victories. Read more here
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Bryson DeChambeau’s bold approach on one of the toughest courses in the world reaped huge rewards as he powered his way to his maiden major title at the US Open. Let’s look at the gear he uses to help him win:
Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2020
• Driver: Cobra King Speedzone (5.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype 60X 45.5″ carbon fibre shaft)
• Fairway woods: Cobra King Speedzone Tour (11.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype carbon fibre 75 TX, 43″ shaft); Cobra King Speedzone Tour (13.5˚, LA Golf BAD Prototype carbon fibre 80X, 41″ shaft)
• Irons: Cobra King Speedzone (4&5); King Forged Tour One Length, (6-PW, LA Golf Rebar Proto carbon fibre, 37.5″ shafts)
• Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50˚, 55˚ & 60˚, LA Golf Prototype carbon fibre shafts)
• Putter: SIK Tour Prototype (Ozik graphite shaft)
• Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
• Clothing: Puma
• Shoes: Puma
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DeChambeau got the better of debutant Matthew Wolff in what ended up as a head-to-head battle between the final pairing of the tournament at Winged Foot, firing a three-under 67 that propelled him to a handsome six-shot victory with a winning score of six under par. Matthew Wolff put up a brave fight but had to settle for second.
The champion was the only man in the 61-strong field to break the par in the most treacherous conditions at the championship in New York, holding firm after the turn as his 21-year-old opponent wilted down the stretch, although Rory McIlroy ‘s expectations for a late push were effectively ended by a four-putt double-bogey in the first hole.
There were no such problems for the top two as they set off with Wolff looking to protect his overnight, two-stroke lead, and he opened with a solid par before DeChambeau spurned a great chance to apply early pressure when missing from inside five feet.
But by the time they walked off the fifth green, it was DeChambeau who was suddenly at the top of the leaderboard after he holed a 12-foot putt for birdie at the fourth in between a pair of bogeys from Wolff, who remained the chaser when both dropped shots at the eighth.
Both found the par-five ninth in two and DeChambeau turned the screw with a perfect 30-footer for eagle, only for Wolff to keep the deficit at a single shot heading into the back nine as he followed suit from half that distance.
Wolff matches Bryson DeChambeau’s eagle at the par-five ninth to stay within one of the US Open lead.
However, Wolff then pulled his tee shot to the 10th left of the target and could not match the par of DeChambeau, who extended his advantage to three shots with a birdie at 11, and he was content to grind out the pars with Wolff unable to create clear-cut birdie chances over the next three holes.
Wolff erred again at the 14th after coming up short with his approach and seeing it roll back off the slick putting surface, and DeChambeau saved par from 10 feet and scrambled another at the next to keep one hand firmly on the trophy.
DeChambeau was the only player to break par on Sunday, and the only man to finish under the card for the week. And the trophy engraver had the freedom to make an early start after Wolff’s fading hopes were extinguished with a double-bogey six at the 16th, and his day was perhaps summed up when his seemingly-perfect drive down the 17th rolled into a divot on the fairway.
Wolff did well to get away with a par, and he missed a six-footer for birdie at the last to hand in a 75 which dropped him to level par for the week – just his second major appearance of many more in the future.
Having turned the closing stretch into a procession, DeChambeau’s run of stress-free pars was capped by a slippery eight-foot putt for a four at the last, sealing a dominant performance which validated his decision a year ago to pile on the muscle in the quest for extraordinary distance.
Louis Oosthuizen won the race for the final position on the podium, a 73 posting two over par, while Harris English undid some excellent recovery work when he dropped three shots over the last five holes to slip to fourth.
English endured a horror start when he lost a ball left on the opening hole and the volunteers were unable to locate it in the three-minute limit, and it transpired that the search party were in the wrong area as English’s ball was found by Rich Beem.
The resulting double-bogey was a huge blow, but he responded with an immediate birdie and another at 11 hauled him back to level par for the round, only for his erratic final third of the round to cost him a top-three finish.
Xander Schauffele retained an outside shot at the title until he bogeyed five in a row on the back nine and crashed to four over, one ahead of pre-tournament favourite Dustin Johnson as the world No 1 signed off with a commendable 70.
McIlroy needed to avoid the early mistakes which hampered his title hopes on day two, but he did not capitalise on a perfect drive and followed a poor approach with four putts, the first from 90 feet which lacked the pace to reach the desired level of the green and rolled 60 feet back to the front.
He took himself out of the running with dropped shots at the fourth and seventh and, after a pair of birdies either side of the turn, McIlroy bogeyed 15 and doubled the next en route to a 75 which saw him slip to six over par, which was at least good enough for his 21st top-10 finish in a major.
McIlroy was one ahead of veteran Lee Westwood, who closed with back-to-back 72s, while halfway leader Patrick Reed also finished on seven over par.
Stewart Cink captured his first title since the 2009 Open Championship; the veteran claimed a dramatic two-shot win at the Safeway Open.
Cink emerged from a highly congested leaderboard, matching his third round of 65 and holding off Harry Higgs in a riveting finish to the opening tournament of the 2020/21 PGATOUR season.
The 47-year-old ended a clean sweep of birdies on the par-fives in the final hole after his only blemish of the day on the 17th, posting a winning score of 21 under and earning his first silverware since he denied Tom Watson the landmark sixth Claret Jug in Turnberry more than 11 years ago.
Cink was two strokes behind overnight and one of 28 players within four shots of the lead, but he made serene progress through Sunday and cruised to the turn in 32 before pitching in for his third birdie in four holes at the 11th.
The five-time Ryder Cup player missed a decent chance at the next, but he picked up a tricky 20-footer for his sixth birdie at the 15th, adding another birdie at the next to open up a two-shot advantage over the chasing pack.
Cink’s composure buckled on the 17th green as he raced his 45-foot birdie putt six feet past the cup and missed the return, but two lusty blows found the back fringe on the par-five last and he putted to three feet and knocked in the winning stroke with Higgs piling on the pressure.
Higgs, who made the first albatross of the season with his last shot of the second round, looked to be too far back to challenge until he smashed a superb 237-yard second to five feet at the 16th and rammed in the putt for eagle to close within one of the leader.
But Higgs was unable to find the cup from within 10 feet on the 17th, and when he needed another eagle at the last to force extra holes, he pushed his drive too far to the right and into a fairway bunker, which left him no hope of getting to the tee in two.
A par-five was enough for Higgs to finish in outright second on 19 under, matching his previous best performance on the PGATOUR at the Bermuda Championship in November last year, while Doc Redman lit up the final day after he birdied each of the final six holes to return a 10-under 62, which earned him the clubhouse lead for a lengthy period.
Redman would end up in a share of third with Chez Reavie, who covered the back nine in just 29 strokes to card a 66, with Kevin Streelman picking up three shots over the last four holes to claim a podium finish.
Brian Stuard, who shared the overnight lead with James Hahn and Cameron Percy, also birdied the last to make it a four-way tie for third, while Russell Knox was unable to mount a serious challenge after a poor run of holes on the outward half.
The Scot made a good start with an early birdie at the short second, but he bogeyed three of the next four holes and went on to fire a 70 which left him five adrift of the champion.
WHATS IN THE BAG
Stewart Cink’s winning WITB: 2020 Safeway Open
- Driver: Ping G410 LST (10.5 degrees @11.5, Big +)
- Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX (45.25″)
- 3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees @13.5)
- Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5
- 7-wood: Ping G410 (20.5 degrees @19.75)
- Shaft: Accra FX 2.0 360 M5
- Irons: Ping i210 (4-UW)
- Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (+1/2″)
- Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 Raw (56-08M, 60-04L)
- Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (+1/2″, D6 swing weight)
- Putter: Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
- Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
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