Cameron Smith feels he could win a couple of Masters titles if he replicates his history-making Augusta performance.

Smith became the first player in Masters history to card all four rounds in the 60s at the major tournament after going 67-68-69-69, but he still finished runner-up on Sunday.

The unheralded Australian ended the rescheduled event 15 under, level with Sung-jae Im, but still five strokes adrift of record-breaking champion Dustin Johnson in Georgia.

It was Smith's best major performance, having tied for fourth at the 2015 U.S. Open.

After achieving a first in The Masters' 84 years, Smith told reporters: "I had no idea starting today that I needed to do that. That's really cool. 

"I honestly can't believe it, but just got to put it down ‑‑ myself, just got to put it down to just scrambling and digging deep. There were a few times throughout week where I could have let it slip away, and it didn't."

Reflecting on his bittersweet display, Smith – winner of two PGA Tour titles and as many on the European Tour – added: "It would have been cool to do that and win. I was actually saying before, you know, I'd take 15‑under around here the rest of my career and I might win a couple. 

"It's just the way it is. I felt as though I didn't quite have my longest stuff, like I said, this week, but my scrambling was what kept me in it."

"I felt like I got away with a lot this week, a bit of skewwhiff shots into the green, something I might need to tidy up if we're coming back here and it's firm and fast," continued the 27-year-old, who was tied for fifth at the 2018 Masters.

"But I love the place. I want to win here really badly, and I feel like it brings the best out of my game."

Bryson DeChambeau felt like he shot 15 over after the American star failed to live up to his own hype at the Masters.

DeChambeau stormed to his maiden major success at the U.S. Open in September but was unable to replicate his Winged Foot success in Georgia this week, finishing two-under-par at Augusta, where Dustin Johnson reigned supreme.

The 27-year-old vowed to play the iconic par-72 course as if it were a par-67, yet found himself scrambling to make the cut on Saturday after opening efforts of 70 and 74.

Renowned for his huge drives off the tee, DeChambeau seemed pent up throughout the tournament, and dropped 18 shots in total, including a triple bogey on day two.

DeChambeau managed to card in the 60s on just one occasion from his four rounds, ultimately finishing tied for 34th place and 18 strokes adrift of champion Johnson on Sunday.

Reflecting on his performance, DeChambeau lamented an opportunity missed, labelling it as "one of those weeks".

"At the beginning of the week I felt like I could have a great chance to win the tournament if I just played my game," DeChambeau told a news conference. 

"Shoot, I made enough birdies this week and eagles to have a chance to win. There's no doubt about that. 

"I made way too many mistakes that I've got to talk about with my caddie and go, hey, how do we not make these mistakes anymore, how can we work better as a team to have that not happen?

"At Winged Foot we did a great job of it. This week we didn't. We didn't place it in the right places and I mis‑hit a lot of shots that usually are pretty easy for me. 

"Numerous factors that were in play, but to have all this adversity and to still finish it off somewhat decent and be under par for the week is great, even though I feel like I shot 15 over for the week, really, to be honest with you. 

"It was one of those things, one of those weeks."

DeChambeau also claimed he had been feeling slightly off-kilter during his rounds.

"I've got to fix whatever is going on up here," DeChambeau said. "I have no idea. Just dizziness. It's only when I go from down to up, so I can't even like think and talk right now.

"But that's just what happens, I go down and up and my brain gets all disoriented. I've got to fix that, and once I fix it I'll be even better than now, and when something arises in the future, I'll just keep trying to fix it.

"I'm hydrated, everything is fine. It's just about orientation. There were numerous times where I was over it and I just felt super uncomfortable. 

"I couldn't see anything. I couldn't see the line. It was really weird. I missed a lot of putts today."

Dustin Johnson admitted his emotions threatened to get the better of him as he closed in on a record-breaking win at the 2020 Masters.

The world number one claimed the famous green jacket for the first time after finishing five strokes clear on an historic 20-under-par - the first time any player has reached that mark at Augusta.

It was the 36-year-old's second major triumph and the first since his 2016 victory at the U.S. Open, but he said this was the tournament he always dreamed of winning.

As he and his caddie, younger brother Austin Johnson, closed out a final round of four under, he found it tough to keep his emotions in check as he thought ahead to receiving the iconic blazer from 2019 champion Tiger Woods.

"It's always tough to get it done in a major, no matter how good you're playing, it's hard," he said. "I was nervous all day; I could feel it. The Masters for me is the biggest, the one I wanted to win the most. I'm proud of the way I handled myself and the way I finished off the tournament.

"Honestly, it still feels like a dream. As a kid, dreaming about winning the Masters, having Tiger put the green jacket on you, it still seems like it's a dream. I'm here; what a great feeling it is. I couldn't be more excited.

"It's an unbelievable feeling, to experience that with my brother. It's a big help to have him here on my bag, I wouldn't want anyone else there. To share all these memories and moments with him is incredible. I had a jam a little bit on the 18th, he was tearing it up, it made me tear up – I still got to finish this off, I can't be crying! I'll remember this for the rest of my life.

"It's an incredible feeling. I've played unbelievable golf all week. The conditions of the course definitely helped the scoring a little bit. I played really well, today felt really difficult, the wind was very tricky. To have the scoring record, shooting 20 under is a great honour. I'm so excited, it's hard to even talk."

Woods hailed the achievement of a man he says has brought a new level of "athleticism" to golf.

"He's an amazing athlete," Woods said. "He's one of the first guys to ever bring athleticism to our sport.

"DJ has just an amazing ability to stay calm in tough moments, and in order to win this event, and we all know as past champions how hard it is, the emotions we have to deal with out there.  There's no one more suited to that, I think, than DJ."

Tiger Woods imploded in remarkable fashion on the 12th hole at Augusta on Sunday, but the five-time Masters champion was proud of his response to the setback. 

Woods – who triumphed at Augusta in 2019 – fell apart on the par-three hole at Rae's Creek during his final round, shooting a 10. 

The 15-time major winner's tee shot bounced back into the water and a wedge from the resultant drop also found the drink. 

Woods' then landed his next shot into a bunker, before his subsequent attempt out of the sand sailed over the green and back into the water for a third time. 

He regained his composure to finish with two putts, though the damage was already done as he slipped to four over par.

However, Woods hit back to shoot five birdies over his last six holes, ensuring he ended his tournament by signing for a score of 76, leaving him at one under. 

"That's part of our sport," Woods told reporters. "This sport is awfully lonely sometimes.  

"You have to fight it. No one is going to bring you off the mound or call in a sub. You have to fight through it.  

"That's what makes this game so unique and so difficult mentally. We've all been there, unfortunately. I've been there and you just have to turn around and figure out the next shot, and I was able to do that coming home."

Explaining his error-strewn effort on the 12th, Woods added: "Well, I committed to the wrong wind. 

"The wind was off the right for the first two guys, and then when I stepped up there, it switched to howling off the left, and the flag on 11 was howling off the left.  

"I didn't commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there. 

"From there I hit a lot more shots and had a lot more experiences there in Rae's Creek, and then 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 pull you off the bump and you just have to figure it out." 

Woods finished 19 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson, who capped a supreme performance with a fourth-round 68 to finish on 20 under, the first player to reach that number in Masters history. 

World number one Dustin Johnson rounded off a dominant week at Augusta National by claiming his maiden Masters crown.  

Johnson finished on a record-breaking 20-under for the tournament, five strokes clear of nearest rivals Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im. 

The 36-year-old took some time to relocate the imperious form he displayed during Saturday's bogey-free 65, dropping shots at four and five.  

That wobble offered a reminder that Johnson had failed to convert on the previous four occasions he had held a 54-hole lead at a major.  

However, the 2016 U.S. Open winner stormed clear on the back nine, with an immaculate wedge to six feet on 15 setting up a third consecutive birdie - a successful putt that made him the first player in Masters history to reach 20-under.

Dustin Johnson won the Masters with a score of 20-under par - the world number one becoming the first player in history to reach that mark at Augusta.

Dustin Johnson's previously commanding position at the top of the Masters leaderboard was left looking a little less dominant after his lead was cut to two at the halfway point of the final round on Sunday.

The world number one enjoyed a near flawless outing a day earlier, his seven-under-par 65 helping him to equal the 54-hole record set by Jordan Spieth in 2015 and open up a four-shot lead over Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im.

But an early wobble offered encouragement to the chasers, particularly the impressive Smith, who found himself as Johnson's closest competitor at the turn.

Having parred the first, Johnson then showed signs of unease as he scrambled to avoid dropping a shot on the par-five second.

A birdie at the third proved a false dawn of sorts as back-to-back bogeys followed.

At the same point, Im was two under for the day and seemingly closing on Johnson, only for the South Korean's bogey at the sixth to set him back.

However, at the halfway point it was Smith – a Masters debutant, like Im – who appeared the most likely to knock Johnson off the summit, the Australian just two adrift having been four off the pace at the start of the day.

Smith made it to the turn in 33, his remarkable approach shot from a bed of pine needles setting up his fourth birdie of the day on the ninth.

Elsewhere on the course, five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods endured a torrid time on the par-three 10th, incredibly carding a 10 after three visits to Rae's Creek

Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods hit a 10 with three water balls on the par three 12th at Augusta on Sunday.

Woods imploded at Rae's Creek during his final round, with his tee shot bouncing back into the water and a wedge from his subsequent drop rolling into the drink off the green.

His next attempt found the back right bunker but another horrible shot floated over the green and he was in the wet stuff for a third time.

The 15-time major champion finally managed to two-putt and find the hole, slipping from three under for the tournament to four over. His Sunday round slumped to nine over.

Dustin Johnson has another chance to turn a 54-hole lead into a major title ahead of the final round of the Masters.

The world number one carded a seven-under 65 at Augusta on Saturday to open up a four-stroke lead and be well-placed for a second major crown.

The 54-hole lead is the fifth of Johnson's major career, and he has failed to convert any of the previous four into victories.

Brooks Koepka took a jab at Johnson's major total during the US PGA Championship earlier this year. Johnson took a one-stroke lead into the final round at TPC Harding Park, before finishing tied for second behind Collin Morikawa.

Johnson has dominated on the PGA Tour since that event, winning the Northern Trust before four straight top-six finishes prior to the Masters.

But can the 23-time winner on the Tour turn another 54-hole lead into a second major title?

Johnson previously led after the third round at three U.S. Opens (2010, 2015 and 2018) and this year's US PGA. Aside from his implosion at Pebble Beach a decade ago, he finished in the top three at the other three.

The 2010 U.S. Open was the only other time in his career that Johnson has led by three shots or more heading into the final round of a major, but will the 2020 Masters be a different story?

2010 U.S. Open

It fell apart quickly for Johnson 10 years ago. A three-stroke lead evaporated on the back of a triple bogey at the second hole and double bogey at the third, and he finished with six more bogeys in his round as Graeme McDowell went on to win by one. Johnson finished tied for eighth at five over. It represented the largest lead lost by a 54-hole leader at the U.S. Open since 2005, when Retief Goosen gave up a three-shot lead, and Michael Campbell capitalised.

2015 U.S. Open

Johnson entered the final round sharing a three-shot lead with Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Branden Grace. The big-hitting Johnson went to the final green with a chance to win his first major, facing a 12-foot eagle putt for victory. But he incredibly three-putted, handing Spieth the title. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 25 major starts.

2018 U.S. Open

At this stage already a U.S. Open champion, Johnson found himself in a familiar position after three rounds – in a four-way tie for the lead, this time alongside Koepka, Tony Finau and Daniel Berger. But Koepka's final-round 68 proved too good at Shinnecock Hills, Johnson's 70 enough for third place, behind the charging Tommy Fleetwood (63).

2020 US PGA Championship

A four-time major winner, Koepka questioned Johnson's tally before the final round in San Francisco, where the latter held a one-stroke lead. But Morikawa stole the show in the final round with a stunning six-under 64. It marked Johnson's fifth runner-up finish in a major and he became the first player to finish second at the US PGA in consecutive years since Jack Nicklaus (1964-65).

Tiger Woods has given no consideration to the emotions that may come with placing the green jacket on a new Masters champion on Sunday as his focus was purely on attempting to stay in contention in round three.

Last year, Woods ended an 11-year wait for a 15th major title with a stunning triumph at Augusta National, his fifth Masters win and one shy of Jack Nicklaus' overall record.

An even-par 72 on Saturday means he is 11 strokes off leader Dustin Johnson, whose score of 16 under matches the 54-hole record set by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Johnson is four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard and whether Woods is awarding his fellow American a green jacket or someone else in contention, he has not thought about how he will feel doing so. 

"I have not. Tuesday [the Champions Dinner] was a long, tough day for me, but I have not thought about tomorrow yet," Woods told a news conference following Saturday's round. 

"I was focused on trying to get myself in contention going into tomorrow.

"I just found out that the tee times are going to be a bit early tomorrow and going off two tees, so I didn't know what that bracket was going to be.

"I don't know exactly what position I'm in. I certainly will be part of the early part of the split and get after it tomorrow. We'll see how emotional it'll be after tomorrow's round."

While Johnson hunts a maiden Masters victory, this year marked the 25th anniversary of Woods' first appearance at the major, as an amateur in April 1995.

With the 2020 tournament pushed back to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course has proven unpredictable for many seasoned competitors, including Woods, who stated earlier in the week that previous champions would be favoured once the ground firmed up.

"Well, it got a little bit faster, yes, but the putts just still aren't quite breaking," said Woods, who also said he was dealing with back pain during his third round.

"Some of the downhill putts are starting to move a little bit, but the uphill putts – we normally say that everything breaks towards Rae's Creek, and the greens can get a little touch grainy. 

"That's definitely been the case this week, just because they've been a little bit longer."

Dustin Johnson is confident that this time he will turn a 54-hole lead into major glory after a sublime third-round performance at the Masters.

The world number one shot 65 to move to 16 under par for the tournament, levelling the low score at this stage set by Jordan Spieth at Augusta National in 2015.

Johnson has faced disappointment from similar positions in the past, failing on four occasions to turn a lead after round three into a major win.

The most recent occurred at August's PGA Championship, though the manner of Colin Morikawa's stunning victory was in sharp contrast to Johnson's other nightmares – which included an 82 at Pebble Beach, a bunker miscalculation at Whistling Straits and an ugly three-putt at the last at Chambers Bay.

Speaking about what he needs to do to avoid history repeating itself, Johnson said: "If I can play like I did today, I think it will break that streak.  

"Tomorrow it's just 18 holes of golf. I need to go out and play solid. I feel like I'm swinging really well. If I can just continue to give myself a lot of looks at birdie, I think I'll have a good day."

Johnson, who grew up about an hour away from Augusta, acknowledged that there is still plenty of golf left to play.

"It's definitely still a long way to go. Still got 18 more holes left," he said. "But I mean, it would mean a lot. What a great event; it's the Masters, a major.  

"I grew up right down the road, so this one would be very special to me."

Johnson is a consistent winner on the PGA Tour but his sole major triumph came at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, an experience he plans to draw upon when he tees up on Sunday.  

"I put myself in the situation a lot of times. I know what it takes. I know how I respond in this situation," he added. 

"I'm very comfortable with having the lead going into tomorrow. I've been in this situation a lot of times. I'm looking forward to the challenge.  

"It's still going to be a tough day. I'm going to have to play well if I want to get it done tomorrow."

Johnson, who stated how he worked on his putting with the legendary Greg Norman earlier this year, went 14-for-14 in finding fairways during round three.

Debutants Im Sungjae and Abraham Ancer join Australia's Cameron Smith as the nearest challengers, sitting four strokes adrift, while Dylan Frittelli is five back and Justin Thomas is 10 under.

Dustin Johnson produced a masterclass to equal the 54-hole score at the Masters, putting himself in prime position to win a maiden green jacket.

The world number one was in a class of his own during a flawless seven-under-par 65 at Augusta National, leaving him at 16 under for the tournament – level with Jordan Spieth's score at the same stage in 2015.

Debutants Im Sungjae and Abraham Ancer join Australia's Cameron Smith as the nearest challengers, sitting four strokes adrift, while Dylan Frittelli is five back and Justin Thomas at 10 under.

Johnson has four top-10 finishes in his past four Masters appearances and it will take something special to deny the 36-year-old a second major title after his 2016 U.S. Open triumph.

A glorious front nine began with Johnson playing his opening four holes in four under, with a crunching approach at the par-five second leaving him a tap-in for eagle.

Three more strokes were gained prior to the turn, including draining a 38-foot putt at the fourth, while accuracy and crisp iron shots were hallmarks of Johnson's play on the way home, where he did the business on the par fives, birdieing both.

Johnson has previous for disappointments from promising positions in the majors but there have been few signs the chasing pack can play at the same consistently brilliant level to overhaul his commanding lead.

The 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Im had just one bogey in his round of four under, though, while Ancer also only dropped only one shot and Smith was boosted by a streak of three birdies between the 13th and 15th in a blemish-free round.

It was a case of what might have been for Thomas, who was three under through 11 holes but mixed four bogeys with two birdies from there to come home in disappointing fashion.

Jon Rahm struggled to get going and his even-par round included an ugly double-bogey at the eighth and another dropped shot at the last to leave him on nine under, level with 2018 champion Patrick Reed and Sebastian Munoz.

Rory McIlroy will be ruing a nightmare first-round 75 after following a 66 with a five-under 65 on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman was flying with five birdies and no bogeys through 12 before three-putting for bogey at 13 and regaining the stroke at the 16th.

At eight under McIlroy looks too far back to end the elusive wait to complete golf's grand slam. Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama are on the same score.

The gap is even larger for reigning champion Tiger Woods, who sits 11 strokes off the pace after an even-par 72.

Rory McIlroy believes he has left himself too much to do to end his wait for Masters glory despite an impressive 67 in the third round. 

The four-time major winner, who is chasing the green jacket at Augusta to complete the set, signed for a five-under score to move to eight under overall. 

But as Dustin Johnson pulled clear - 14 under when McIlroy finished, which soon became 15 under - the Northern Irishman acknowledged his hopes may have disappeared with his opening effort of 75. 

"If he just plays his game, he's going to get to at least 16. Eight shots," McIlroy said after his round. 

"I'm being a realist here; I just need to go out there tomorrow and shoot a good one and see where it puts me. I have zero thoughts about winning this golf tournament right now." 

His plan instead? "Just try to play a good round of golf," he said. 

"Just try to do the same thing I've done the last couple of days, go out and try to hit every fairway, try to hit every green, try to make a birdie on every hole if you can. 

"You're just trying to shoot the best possible score. That's the way to win golf tournaments, just keep doing that day after day. That's what I'm going to try to do. 

"As I said, I think I've left myself too far back after the bad first day, but I'll go and give it a good effort tomorrow and see where that leaves me."

McIlroy conceded he had been "tentative" early in the week and expected he would come to regret his poor start to the tournament. 

"I think 11 under for the last two days speaks for itself," he said. "The good golf was in there, I just didn't allow myself to play that way on the first 18 holes. 

"This course can do that. This course can make you a little bit careful and a little bit tentative at times. 

"I've always said I play my best golf when I'm trusting and freer. I've been a lot freer over the last 36 holes. 

"I try to view everything as a learning experience, but I'll look back at that and rue some of the shots that I hit and some of the thought-processes I had and just try to learn from it and be better the next time." 

The iconic Georgia course has repeatedly proven McIlroy's undoing, but he recognises it should not have been such a problem. 

He said: "The Masters and Augusta National have some of the coolest traditions in our game. Of course, you want to be a part of that for the rest of your life if you can. 

"Winning the Masters would be cool, winning the grand slam would be cool, and there's a lot of great things that come along with that. 

"But at the end of the day, you have to try to simplify it as much as you can. 

"It's just a golf tournament, and you're playing against guys you see every week. It shouldn't be that different."

Dustin Johnson played his front nine in five under and was three shots clear at the top of the Masters leaderboard midway through the third round on Saturday.

The world number one smoked an approach at the par-five second to make eagle and followed up with back-to-back gains at the third and fourth at Augusta.

Another birdie followed at the seventh to reach 14 under for the tournament while he missed an eight-footer at the eighth that would have seen him pick up another stroke.

Justin Thomas, the world number three, and the unheralded Abraham Ancer were his nearest rivals three back, while Sungjae Im, making his Masters debut, was at 10 under and Dylan Frittelli was alongside Cameron Smith at nine under.

Rory McIlroy was playing himself back into contention, flying to five under for his round and regaining a stroke at the 16th following a costly three-putt for bogey at the 13th.

He was among a cluster of players at eight under as was Jon Rahm, who endured a nightmare at the eighth where he made double bogey.

Players went out in groups of three for the third round as the tournament continues to play catch up after the inclement weather on day one that caused several delays.

Jon Rahm moved into a five-way share of the lead when the second round of The Masters was completed and Bryson DeChambeau only just avoided missing the cut on Saturday.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith topped the leaderboard after completing 36 holes before play was halted in fading light at Augusta on Friday.

Rahm holed a short birdie putt when he resumed at the 13th hole to join that quartet and the world number two remained at nine under after signing for a 66 following five consecutive pars.

The composed Spaniard chipped in from the edge of the green at 15 to remain a joint-leader of a major that is finely poised on moving day.

DeChambeau was in danger of making an early exit, but sneaked in for the rest of the weekend by the skin of his teeth, moving just about the cut line despite finishing with back-to-back bogeys to sign for a 74.

Pre-tournament favourite DeChambeau, who revealed a COVID-19 test he took after playing on Friday as he was feeling dizzy came back negative, faced an anxious wait to see if the cut line would be moved but the U.S. Open champion was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Patrick Reed moved into the top 10 after heading back out for an early start, picking up a couple of shots to sit in contention on eight under with a second successive four-under 68.

Defending champion Tiger Woods is just four shots off the pace on a congested leaderboard following a second round of 71, a birdie at 15 moving him on to five under.

Justin Rose, the leader at the end of a weather-affected first day, carded a two-under 70 and is two shots adrift of the leaders.


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