17 Nov THE WEEKEND REVIEW….
Posted at 00:50h in News
GREEN JACKET FITS WELL FOR DJ…
An emotional world number one Dustin Johnston fought back the tears after winning his first Masters Championship and his second Major.
In a record-breaking score of -20 for a Masters, the world number one was unshakable in winning by 5 shots to his closest rival Cam Smith from Australia and Im Sungjae from Korea.
Johnston displayed nerves of steel in his normal relaxed approach where he looked to be playing just any other Sunday round of golf steadily ticking off hole by hole in completely unflappable fashion, slowly pulling away from his rivals at crucial stages in his final round where he piled on the pressure for all that needed to catch him by making them force the issue leading to his pursuers making errors.
The 36-year-old American broke the winning score by two shots previously held by Tiger Woods and Jordan Speith, and it was the icing on the cake for DJ to have last year’s winner Tiger Woods put the Green jacket over is shoulders that made it extra special for him.
A birdie putt on the par 4 3rd hole settle any sign of final day nerves for Johnston which was then followed by two bogeys on the 4th and 5th, but those dropped shots soon vanished as another birdie on the par 3 6th and another at the par 5 8th saw him make the turn in -1 and three more birdies in a row on the back nine at 13,14, and 15 sealed the record-breaking four days of golfing brilliance for Johnston.
“It is a dream come true, as a kid, I always dreamed about being a Masters champion,” said an emotional Johnson.
“It’s just incredible. Having Tiger Woods put the Green Jacket on you, it still feels like a dream.”
“It’s just incredible, as you can tell… sorry,” he said. “I have never had this much trouble gathering myself. On the golf course I am pretty good at it, out here I’m not!”
“But I am here and what a great feeling it is. I could not feel more excited. The Masters is the biggest tournament. It’s the one I wanted to win most. I’m proud of the way I handled myself.”
“It’s an incredible feeling. I played unbelievable golf all week. The conditions helped with the scoring,” he said. “To score 20 under is a great honour.”
Bigfoot’s selections for the Masters saw 2013 winner Adam Scott finish on +1 for the four days, but our second selection Brooks Koepka put up at 14/1 finish on -10 with a 7th placed finish to bring home the place money.
RECORD EQUALLING 7TH WORLD TITLE FOR HAMILTON…
After taking the flag to seal his 7th world title and equalling the great Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton offered simple words of encouragement to the younger generation of the world saying… “To all the kids out there, dream the impossible.”
Victory for Hamilton in Istanbul gave him the 94th win of his career, in what was difficult conditions starting on the 3rd row 6th on the grid, Hamilton showed just why he is the best driver to ever take to a race track.
Hamilton showed caution in the early stages to his approach to the race which more than benefitted him in the latter stages, the leaders pitted early which saw the race open up for him mid-way through, and staying on warn tires proved to be a decisive move as they held out till the end for Hamilton.
Speaking after the race Hamilton said…
“Seven is just unimaginable but when you work with such a great group of people and you really trust each other, there is just no end to what you can do together.
“I feel like I’m only just getting started, it’s really weird.”
“It felt so far-fetched. I remember watching Michael win those world championships. To get one or two or even three is so hard. Seven is unimaginable. There is no end to what we can do together, me, and this team. We dreamed of this when I was young. It is so important for kids to see this and don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t achieve something. Dream the impossible. You have got to chase it and never give up.”
All the best