Jazz’s appetite whetted for Masters return


Published on November 16, 2020

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond signed off with a three-over-par 75 to complete a memorable maiden appearance in The Masters at Augusta National on Sunday.

In an encouraging performance that bodes well for the future, he finished the tournament on two- over-par 290 in a tie for 51st place – in privileged company, alongside former champions Zach Johnson from the United States and Canadian Mike Weir.

Jazz impressively made the halfway cut with rounds of 69 and 71 to get to four under and at one point was just five off the lead.

World number one Dustin Johnson won his first Masters title by five strokes as he finished with a record-breaking low score of 20 under par.

The American posted a 68 to hold off Australian Cameron Smith and Korea’s Sungjae Im.

“It’s hard. I was nervous all day. I could feel it,” said Johnson, who will defend his title in five months’ time when The Masters returns to its usual spot in April.

“The Masters is for me the biggest tournament and the one I wanted to win the most. I am just very proud of the way I handled myself and finished off the tournament.

“It still feels like a dream. As a kid, I was dreaming about winning The Masters and having Tiger put the Green Jacket on you still feels like a dream.

“But I am here and what a great feeling it is. I could not feel more excited.”

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 15: Dustin Johnson of the United States poses with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Johnson’s stunning performance saw him beat the record lowest winning score of 18-under-par set by American Tiger Woods in 1997 and his compatriot Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Woods, bidding to don a sixth Green Jacket, carded a 10 on the par-three 12th but recovered with five birdies to finish with a 76 on one under, in tie for 38th.

On 12 his tee shot rolled back off the green into Rae’s Creek, as did his third after taking a drop, and he then found the water again out of a bunker.

“This is unlike any other sport in which you’re so alone out there and you have to figure it out and you have to fight and no one is going to call in a sub and you just have to figure it out, and I did coming in,” said Woods.

“That’s part of our sport. That’s what makes this game so unique and so difficult mentally. We’ve all been there, unfortunately.”

Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau from the United States, who won the US Open in September, ended with a 73 put him on two under par for the tournament in equal 34th.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 15: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after putting on the 18th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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