Augusta National, Langer famous, had at all times been welcoming to lengthy hitters like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. (So far this event, Woods’s drives are coming in at round 284 yards.)
DeChambeau, after all, got down to overpower Augusta National and got here in as the favourite forward of Thursday’s opening spherical. It hasn’t fairly labored out for him — he was 12 photographs off the lead late on Sunday morning — and he might have been partly thwarted by the damp course.
“Wet ground and water has always been my nemesis for some reason, just can’t figure it out, whereas some people have no problem with it,” he stated on Saturday. “They’re able to hit it and have no issues.”
But he nonetheless leads Langer by three strokes.
Im and Smith reduce into Johnson’s lead.
After Dustin Johnson missed a 10-foot par putt on the par-Three fourth, he confirmed as a lot emotion as he has all week. He knew how vital that par save was to take care of his momentum; it will have been arduous for Johnson to keep away from seeing the close by scoreboard displaying that two gamers within the group forward of him, Sungjae Im, a Masters rookie, and Cameron Smith, are 2-under for his or her rounds, to attract to inside two of his lead.
One factor that hasn’t modified in 2020: the Masters purse.
Augusta National will dole out $11.5 million in prize cash to professionals enjoying the event, the identical sum as final yr. The winner will earn almost $2.1 million (together with a inexperienced jacket, lifetime entry into the event and an annual invitation for dinner), whereas the runner-up will probably be paid greater than $1.2 million. Even the event’s 50th place participant will obtain a good-looking payout of $28,980.
The Masters purse is among the many largest in golf, although the United States Open awarded $12.5 million in prize cash, together with $2.25 million to the winner, after the event in September.
Cameron Champ begins scorching.
Masters rookie Cameron Champ birdied his first three holes to vault onto the primary web page of the leaderboard, however gave these photographs again triple bogeying the fourth. At the BMW Championship in August, Champ, who’s biracial, wore one black golf shoe and one white one to protest police brutality in opposition to Black folks after the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake. The New York Times spoke to him final month about racial injustice and how he views the Masters, with its Old South roots.