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The story at this year’s Masters is Dustin Johnson. At -16, with a four-stroke lead, no one else is playing at his level. If you’ve been following along, DJ amazingly could be up more and that tells the story of what to expect on Sunday.
We’re watching the World’s #1 player prove why he and the rest of the field, at least right now, don’t belong in the same conversation. DJ is a man against boys at the 2020 Masters.
Absolutely clinical. DJ hit EVERY fairway on his way to shooting a bogey-free 65 (-7) on Saturday. That’s his 10th straight sub-par round at #themasters, which ties the tournament record. 🔥 #SIMdriver #TeamTaylorMade pic.twitter.com/qGE1317Y7y— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) November 14, 2020
After today’s bogey-free 65, that’s now 30-straight holes bogey-or-better going back to day two. No one’s competing with that. Dustin Johnson controlled his classic fade off the tee that had him in the fairway all day. There were actually quite a few players that had this type of success with the driver, but the greens were their undoing. Even Tiger Woods brought up how tough the greens were to read after his even-par third round.
“Putts just weren’t breaking today,” Woods said. “They were fooling a lot of us and that’s what makes Augusta so tough.”
Seems DJ missed that memo. Pouring in putts from downtown and even DJ would tell us, he left some birdies out there.
Johnson weighed in on his success on the green.
“We’ve made a lot of really nice reads. Tomorrow I’m going to have to go out and do the same thing. I need a good round tomorrow to put on that green jacket,” Johnson said.
DJ is ready for his crown
Unlike last year, that led to Francesco Molinari spoiling a Sunday lead, Dustin Johnson is pulling away at the right time. Molinari was holding onto his lead, while DJ continues to build. Helps that there’s no Tiger Woods this year or a crowd screaming like Justin Bieber just hopped off his tour bus. COVID protocols make it even more likely that DJ stays on track and captures his first green jacket.
Regardless, we’ll be glued to our TVs as the first group tees off tomorrow morning on CBS at 10 a.m. ET.