Cam Smith became the first player in Masters history to shoot all 4 rounds in the 60’s. Tiger Woods shot his best opening round ever at Augusta with a 68. He also shot his biggest number ever on a hole at a major with a 10 on #12 on Sunday. He then went on to birdie 5 his next 6 holes to shoot 76. Never quit kids. Every other headline on the week belonged to world #1 Dustin Johnson. There he was “hiding out in the open” right there in front of us before the tournament started. In his last 5 events he had 2 wins, 2 runner-ups, and a 6th. DJ was and is obviously the best player in the world, yet we wanted to talk about a healthy Day and Brooks, Rory and that elusive jacket and slam, and what to expect from Tiger and Phil.
The always stoic and sometimes emotionless Johnson was everything but during the green jacket ceremony and all post-round interviews, at times taking several seconds to compose himself while the tears poured. Here’s a guy who already has one major under his belt, the 2016 US Open, and over 25 PGA wins, yet the Masters still meant so much to him. Born and raised just over an hour away in Columbia, South Carolina, DJ showed some nerves letting his 4-stroke lead shrink to just one during the front 9. “Here we go again” was muttered throughout the sports world as he has famously blown 4 final round leads in majors in the past and it looked as if history was going to repeat itself.
But Johnson composed himself and all drama was lost on a hallowed landscape that normally packs more storylines and suspense on a Sunday than a hollywood script. Nobody ever really made a move and DJ took care of business. He putted the eyes out of it for 4 days, combo that with his world-class driving and ball-striking, and he’s tough to beat on any course. Put him on Augusta’s softer and more responsive than usual greens and the jacket’s his.
Dustin Johnson enjoys all of his success with a bag full of Taylormade equipment. He has tried a few different putter models this year, and really had positive experiences with all of them. What’s also interesting is that he goes back-n-forth between a hybrid and 7-wood. A 7-wood is rare on tour, especially among a player with the length of Dustin, but when you can launch it high out of any lie and carry it 260, I can see why it’s in the bag. And at Augusta it was. Let’s take a look at what got the job done this time for major victory #2.
Dustin Johnson – WITB
Driver – Taylormade SIM 10.5°, Fujikura Speeder EVO 2.0 Prototype
Fairway woods – Taylormade SIM MAX 15° Fujikura Ventus Black 105 Prototype, 21° Project X HZRDUS Black 95 6.5
Irons – Taylormade P730 DJ Proto 3-PW, True Temper Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges – Taylormade Milled Grind 52° & 60°
Putter – Taylormade Spider Limited Itsy Bitsy
Ball – Taylormade TP5x
Fantasy Picks At Augusta Tiger was present for a bit and Poulter snatched a top-25. But Jason Day missed the cut. The tour marches on to Sea Island for the RSM Classic. Winner Webb Simpson He has 4 top-10’s in 10 starts here, including runner-ups the last two years. Will contend Sungjae Im He made a great run at the Masters and has been playing well for what seems like forever. But he plays every week. He’s gotta be tired. Sleeper Ryan Armour He has 2 top-25’s here and as one of the shorter hitters on tour, this is one of the shortest courses.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional