Augusta Masters: Woods make strong start to title defence, Casey leads

Augusta Masters: Woods make strong start to title defence, Casey leads

Dustin Johnson has squandered his four prior 54-hole leads at major golf tournaments, but the world number one is confident he will end that streak by winning the Masters. The top 60 players make the cut at the U.S. Open, while the top 70 players make the cut at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, needing a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, began his final round with two pars to stand on 8-under after play got underway following a brief delay for fog.

The four-time major champion went on to post rounds of 66, 67 and 69 to finish on 11 under, along with South African Dylan Frittelli - four adrift of joint runners-up Cameron Smith and Sung-Jae Im. Justin Thomas was fourth at 276, with Rory McIlroy and Dylan Frittelli tying for fifth. He made an 8 on the par-5 eighth hole in 1999 and an 8 on the 15th hole in 2013.

Woods, who looked to be in discomfort when picking his ball out of the hole at various times, told Sky Sports: "I'm exhausted".

After failing to locate the ball within the allowed three minutes, he had no choice but to return to the tee for his third shot.

McIlroy finished with a three-under par 69 to share fifth place on 11-under, nine strokes behind victor Dustin Johnson.

Well, Dustin Johnson went wire to wire at the 2020 Masters thanks to an incredible 20-under-par 268.

Shot a 4-under 68 with eagles at the par-5 second and the par-5 13th.

"I'm definitely more relaxed, definitely not as much anxiety or stress", he said of the atmosphere this week.

"Johnson plays golf so effortlessly", Im marveled at the champion. However, at Augusta National, a place where he finished runner-up a year ago, Johnson looked like a World No. 1.

Tiger Woods should've brought his swim trunks to the final round of the Masters.

They were left counting on their fingers, trying to keep track of all of his shots at the par 3 known as Golden Bell.

Tiger Woods was in good spirits after completing the final round, despite his mishap on the 12th hole. After a one-shot penalty, he hit his third shot straight back into the drink, before finding the bunker with his fifth. After taking a drop, Woods' third shot found the green but spun back into Raes Creek. He lined that one into the water as well.

A seven-over-par 10 is the worst Woods has ever performed on a single hole at the Masters, where he has earned the Green Jacket five times and made 22 appearances.

In 89 previous rounds at Augusta National, he had never had worse than triple-bogey at the 12th.

The first double-digit major score by the 15-time major victor dropped him from 3-under to 4-over for the tournament. Obviously, we know how the golf course is playing. Johnson held the overnight lead at 16-under, four ahead of Im and Ancer.

Bryson DeChambeau with Bernhard Langer during the final round of The Masters.

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