It was the most unusual Masters in history, starting with the fact that it was held in November. Add into the equation no patrons, save for members and their guests and players’ guests, and it was unique, to say the least. Oh, and we didn’t even mention the lack of blooming azaleas.

First day scoring was very low, as Dustin Johnson and Dylan Fritelli led the way with 65s. Even Tiger Woods, who had struggled as of late, opened with a 68 to put himself firmly in the mix. After two rounds, Johnson, Cameron Smith and Jon Rahm were tied at -9, and looked to be a battle of the ages between Johnson and Rahm. However, Rahm was only able to muster -1 on the weekend, and it was the unheralded Smith who stood strong. Sungjae Im was always in the mix for all four days, and he and Smith wound up tied for second, a distant five shots behind Johnson.

It comes as no surprise that Johnson finally won at Augusta, as his game is perfect for it, save for the fact that he prefers a fade while Augusta National treats those who draw the ball better. However, that didn’t deter Jack Nicklaus from donning six green jackets, so talent and skill can overcome the ball flight that the course apparently demands. Also unique is that the very next major to be played is…the Masters…in April. This has been a most unusual year for everything, golf included, and the majors were not exempt from this.

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