4 many years on from his to start with main victory, Johnson is getting a 2020 to don’t forget. A maiden get at Augusta, his initial Tour Championship title, two even further PGA Tour victories and a return to the globe No. 1 place.
And following saying that elusive next key victory in these kinds of an emphatic manner, posting a record score of 20 beneath par to gain by 5 strokes, Johnson is not organizing to “dial something back again.”
“I want to get to amount a few initially, but I do aspiration of profitable a good deal of majors,” Johnson reported in his press conference later on.
“Just hadn’t pretty transpired nonetheless. With any luck , this one particular will assistance give me a little spring. I really feel genuinely superior about everything that I’m accomplishing. I truly feel definitely self-assured in the golfing activity.
“My purpose is to engage in for about 8, nine, probably 10 many years, and then hang out with my young ones and Paulina (Gretzky).”
‘It means so much to me’
Johnson’s propensity to keep a tight maintain of his thoughts implies he’s one particular of the coolest players on the program. Even some of his opponents have famous the methodical way he ways golfing.
“See ball, strike ball, see putt, hole putt, go to the following,” Rory McIlroy explained after his spherical on Friday. “He makes the video game so straightforward, or would make it look so straightforward at situations for sure.”
But carrying the Inexperienced Jacket that lots of of the game’s greats have worn, standing on the 18th green with his husband or wife Paulina and brother Austin — also his caddy — viewing on, acquired to the normally unflappable Johnson.
“I have in no way had this significantly issues gathering myself,” he stated. “On the golfing training course I am pretty very good at it. Out here I am not. I are unable to even discuss.
“Just for the reason that it indicates so significantly to me. It indicates so a great deal to my household, Paulina, the children. They know it really is a little something that I have often been dreaming about and it can be why I function so really hard.”
A area boy
Growing up in South Carolina, profitable at the Masters has very long been a dream for Johnson.
“Just increasing up so close to here, it’s normally been a tournament that due to the fact I have been on Tour, due to the fact I performed my initially Masters, it’s been the match I wished to get the most,” Johnson stated.
“Being shut the very last pair years, finishing second previous 12 months to Tiger, this a person was just anything that I truly preferred to do.”
When he was getting his adore for the activity as a youngster, pretending that he was placing to acquire the Masters was a frequent incidence.
“Often all around the placing inexperienced expanding up, it was putts to earn the Masters or hitting chip photographs,” he explained. “It was generally to acquire Augusta. Primarily because I grew up so shut to right here, about an hour, hour and 10 minutes absent.”
And to have 5-time Masters winner Woods assistance him into his Eco-friendly Jacket created it just that bit sweeter.
“Definitely owning Tiger place it on was brilliant and unbelievable and you wouldn’t want it any other way.”
When his competitors have been currently being tipped to succeed at a Masters unusually held in November and without having spectators since of the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson started out the tournament fairly underneath the radar.
But, soon after a gradual start off, golf’s highest-ranked participant, potentially unsurprisingly, uncovered his way to the leading of the leaderboard.
Regardless of holding a 5-shot lead as he built his way down the 18th fairway, with no patrons to enable him know wherever he was positioned on the leaderboard and acquiring intentionally avoided on the lookout at the leaderboard because the 7th hole, Johnson admitted he was uncertain of the extent of his gain.
“I assumed I had the direct, but I did not know by how numerous,” he explained.
“I type of appeared at the leaderboard a minimal bit early, and after that I just informed myself: ‘Don’t fret about what anyone else is accomplishing, just enjoy as very good as you can.'”