AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dustin Johnson started Masters week as a 10/1 betting favorite, sharing these odds with Jon Rahm, just behind 8/1 favorite, Bryson DeChambeau.
Johnson paid off on Sunday, winning his second major championship with a tournament record, 20 down.
Here’s a look at where it went wrong for some of the other notables, where their paths to the butler’s cabin have been redirected.
Bryson DeChambeau, Round 2, third par-4: Despite making a double bugbear on his fourth hole of the tournament, DeChambeau made a patchwork of 70 starting and made a first run in Round 2. On the third par 4, his 12th hole of the day, DeChambeau’s tee shot was inserted into the second cut and not be found. He had to re-tee and did the triple bogey. DeChambeau cut the number but never considered. to end: T-34, 2 under par
Jon Rahm, Round 3, par-5 eighth: After starting round three as a co-leader, Rahm quickly dropped four back to a rising DJ. At the eighth hole, Rahm beat his second shot with a metal wood – “big ball of mud,” he said – and his third shot bounced off a tree and into an unplayable lie. It did double bogey 7 and closed on Saturday 7th. to end: T-7, 10 below
Justin Thomas, Round 3, par-5 15th: Thomas was also a co-leader of round two – one in five – and was trying to keep up with Johnson in Round 3. After bogey-birdie-bogey on numbers 12-14, Thomas was four shots from the lead. . Needing, at worst, a birdie on the par-5 15th, Thomas’s second shot flew to the green and ended up in the pond on the 16th hole. He bogeyed – while Johnson was birding the hole – and Thomas fell six behind. to end: 4th, 12 below
Rory McIlroy, Round 3, par-5 13th: You can easily make a case that McIlroy lost Thursday with an opening 75.But as Rory is inclined to do, he bounced back with a 66 in round 2 and was 5 under par in his third round, with a bunker bunker at 12. °. At that point, he was 8 under for the tournament and charge. And then he placed three 9-foot putts in the 15th. Bogey instead of birdie and at the end of the day he was eight. It had been a couple of shots closer in the last round, who knows what could have happened? To end: T-5, 11 below
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Tiger Woods, Round 3, par-5 eighth: Woods was 5 under par and four strokes from the 36-hole lead when he gave up on Saturday afternoon. A series of pars pushed him further down the rankings and every chance of a run was needed to start in eighth. But Woods threw his tee shot in the pines, pushed his second in the second cut and threw three for a bogey. The hopes of Tiger’s title defense, precariously suspended, eventually fell. To end: T-38, 1 under par
Brooks Koepka, Round 3, sixth par-3: Like Woods, Koepka was 5 under in round two and the four-time senior champion picked up a couple of early birdies in Round 3. He returned one with a bugbear in fifth and then missed on the wrong side of the green in sixth. Taking on an impossible 90 feet, Koepka landed three putts for his second straight shot. To end: T-7, 10 below