Masters Leaderboard 2020: Twitter Reacts to Results and Standings from Sunday

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2020

Tiger Woods helps Masters' champion Dustin Johnson with his green jacket after his victory at the Masters golf tournament Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Dustin Johnson didn't just win the Masters on Sunday, he did so in dominant, historic fashion, finishing the tournament at 20 under par. That is the best score in the history of golf's signature event.

Johnson exceeded the previous record of 18 under posted by Tiger Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015. His four bogeys were the fewest a champion has ever hit at Augusta, according to ESPN Stats & Info. It was a startling performance and certainly an impressive way for Johnson to earn his first Masters title.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

What a moment. Tiger Woods places the green jacket on Dustin Johnson after DJ's victory at #TheMasters https://t.co/SK54Vp0mMJ

Suffice to say, the reaction on Twitter was one of awe:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Absolutely dominant performance by Dustin Johnson, setting the tournament scoring record while cruising to his first Masters title.

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

And so it is a coronation for Dustin Johnson, for whom this is a career defining weekend. No longer the great talent who hasn’t quite lived up. A green jacket changes everything. #themasters

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Congratulations to Dustin Johnson, an historic performance in a year unlike any in history. And a win that completely remakes the narrative of his career. 36 years old and, right now, the best player in the world. #themasters

Niall Horan @NiallOfficial

Well that was great to watch. Congratulations Dustin Johnson on an incredible week. We have seen him play solid over the years but not as solid as he did the last two days. The tears and silence in the post round interview summed it all up for me. @TheMasters champ

Marty Smith @MartySmithESPN

Dustin Johnson overwhelmed with emotion IS The Masters. It's a lifetime of work and dreams realized. Fantastic.

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Dustin Johnson’s gotta be one of the coolest dudes walking this here floating rock right?

Elias Sports Bureau @EliasSports

Dustin Johnson did not just dominate the par fives in his #Masters win. He played the par-3s at -4, the par-4s at -5 and the par-5s at -11. The only other player to play the par-3s, par-4s and par-5s at -4 or better in one Masters tournament: Ben Crenshaw in 1995 (-4, -6, -4).

It wasn't just folks on social media who were taken with Johnson's dominance.

"He's an amazing athlete," Woods told reporters. "He's one of the first guys to ever bring athleticism to our sport. DJ has just an amazing ability to stay calm in tough moments."

For Johnson, Sunday was a bucket-list moment.

"The Masters to me is the biggest tournament and the one I wanted to win the most," a tearful Johnson said after his win. "I was nervous all day. I'm very proud of the way I handled myself and finished off the golf tournament. This is a dream come true."

In most years, the 15 under that runners-up Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im shot would have been enough to win the tournament. Since 2010, that score would have been good enough to win seven Masters and tie one more. Only Johnson, Spieth and Phil Mickelson (-16 in 2010) have posted better scores in the last 11 Masters.


67-68-69-69 🇦🇺 ✌️ Cameron Smith becomes the only player in Masters history to shoot four straight rounds in the 60s. https://t.co/W5mZj4KPxN

That's perhaps the most startling stat of all from Johnson's Masters—there were players who played well enough to win most years, and he still bested them by five strokes.

Justin Thomas (-12), Rory McIlroy (-11) and Dylan Frittelli (-11) rounded out the top five. McIlroy's ascension back up the leaderboard was particularly impressive considering he shot a 75 in the first round, digging himself a major hole. Had he started stronger, perhaps he would have given Johnson a run for his money.

Then again, probably not. There is no better golfer on planet earth than Johnson at the moment.


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