The American won his second Major with a total card of 20 strokes under par, having endured alcohol problems during his life.
The American Dustin Johnson endorsed why he is number one in world golf and is living an extraordinary 2020, beyond having had to recover from the coronavirus. This Sunday he conquered the Augusta Masters for the first time and added the second Major of his career, after the United States Open that he had achieved in 2016.
Johnson’s title is even more important because he did it with new record of hits under par (20) and the biggest lead (5) over his rivals since the record set at 12 by Tiger Woods in 1997.
The American reached his first green jacket, which he will receive from his compatriot Woods, with 268 strokes and four rounds of 65, 70, 65 and 68 at Augusta National. He beat the South Korean by 5 hits In the SunJae and the australian Cameron Smith, the only player in history to complete all four rounds with less than 70 strokes (67-68-69-69).
The American golfer had been the champion of the last Tour Championship, which closed the season on the PGA circuit, and won the silver trophy in the playoffs of the FedEx Cup, a title that I was looking for a long time. Retained the world number one and bagged $ 15 million in prizes, to become the third highest-earning player on a court, behind only Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Johnson confirmed that he is living the best moment of his career, after overcoming a cocaine addiction – which he never publicly acknowledged – and leave behind years of controversial behavior, which threatened to end his professional life prematurely. If you were even involved in a crime …
Johnson was still a teenager and far from becoming a golf star when he starred in his first scandal. With a group of friends, he stole a pistol, which was later used in a murder. As in the gun and in the bullets the traces of the future number one were found, he got involved in the crime. Although he was later pardoned, when it was discovered that had not participated in the homicidewhile the real culprit was sentenced to life imprisonment.
“I never really had a relationship with those people. I was in the wrong place and time. I looked at myself later in the mirror and realized that this person was not really me or who I wanted to be. I wanted to go to college and I wanted to play golf. It was an easy decision to get back on the right track, “he said in 2011 in an interview with the site Golf.com.
The American, noted from the beginning as a golf prodigy, left that episode behind and started his professional career in 2007. He immediately got the card for the PGA Tour and at the end of his first season on the major circuit, in October 2008, he won his first title in New York. Thus he confirmed that it was one of the largest projects in North American golf.
But just two years later, on the rise, the problems returned. In 2009 the magazine Golf Magazine reported that the player had been suspended after testing positive for an anti-doping test for marijuana use. In 2012, reports circulated that a new test, although on that occasion the substance found had been cocaine.
And in July 2014, after Johnson and the PGA Tour announced that the golfer would take the rest of the season to “solve some personal problems”, that same publication assured that the absence was due to a new suspension for another positive for cocaine .
The PGA denied the sanction and said Johnson had taken a voluntary break. Meanwhile, the player argued that his momentary retirement was related to alcohol abuse to cope with stress. “My way of handling it was drinking or partying,” he explained.
During his time away from the golf courses, he sought the help of specialists and also that of his father-in-law, the former ice hockey star. Wayne Gretzky, with whose daughter Paulina he had begun a relationship in early 2013. Some people close to Johnson say that Gretzky’s support and guidance were key to getting the golfer back on track. And in 2015, Johnson – today married to Paulina and father of two – came back with everything.
Returned to tour as a more complete player, with an enviable mental strength, a great punch and an exquisite short game. And the results were not long in coming. In March of that year he conquered the World Championship in Florida and in August he finished second at the US Open, which he won the following year.
In the 2016 season, he also added titles in the Bridgestone Invitational, in Akron (Ohio), and the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields (Illinois). He finished fourth at the Augusta Masters and ninth at the British Open.
In February 2017 he reached number one in the world for the first time, after being crowned champion of the Genesis Open, in Pacific Palisades, California. And later he won three other titles. In the following seasons, he returned to star in the Majors– Was third at the 2018 US Open and second at Augusta and the PGA Championship in 2019.
This 2020 is from Dustin Johnson. Champion of the Augusta Masters at pure record.