The Masters: young stars shine at Augusta National

The Masters is in the books with world number one Dustin Johnson winning his first green jacket on Sunday in dominant fashion

The Masters finished in a very different manner on Sunday to the dramatic conclusion of its predecessor back in April 2019. The first fall Masters came to a rather anti-climatic finish on Sunday with world number one Dustin Johnson dominating the field on his way to a first green jacket and a record-setting winning tally of 20 under par.

There wasn’t the drama that ensued in 2019 when Francesco Molinari’s collapse on the 12th and 15th holes paved the way for Tiger Woods triumphant 5th Masters victory, and there weren’t the thousands of Patrons that met Woods the year prior on the 18th in an absolute electric environment that you couldn’t help but feel through your own television sets at home.

Dustin’s walk up the 18th on the final day of the Masters felt very different in 2020, but it wasn’t any less spectacular as one of the greatest golfers in the modern game lapped the field claiming his first green jacket and second major title.

This year’s Masters was perhaps the beginning of changing tides as young names once again arose to such a massive occasion as has frequently been the case in 2020.

Going into the final round on Sunday at the Masters five of the six in the final two groups were 30 years of age or younger.

Cameron Smith the 27-year-old from Australia rarely showed signs of faltering in what surely was one of the biggest moments of his young golfing career so far.  The Australian made Masters history becoming the first player ever to shoot all four rounds in the ’60s in a performance that was all too familiar to his exceptional play at the Presidents Cup last December.

Smith was joined in a tie for second by the 22-year-old South Korean Sungjae Im who time and time again made clutch shots under immense pressure on Sunday.  It was this type of play that landed the young sensation his first victory at the Honda Classic earlier in the year and he has impressed throughout much of the 2020 season.

29 year old Abraham Ancer joined Sungjae in making his Masters debut this weekend and he also impressed despite faltering a bit on Sunday.  The young golfer from Mexico began the day in Sundays final group and had spent a good part of his tournament near the top of the leaderboard.

All three of these young stars picked up victory’s in the 2020 PGA season and all three showed this weekend that they are not phased by even the biggest of moments.

Has 2020 contributed to the success these youngsters and others have found in major events this season? perhaps, what is more likely however is that young golfers in the game today come in ready to perform under even the biggest of spotlights.

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The storyline of the 2019 Masters was one of a return to glory for one of the greatest the game has ever known. The story the 2020 Masters? a rising tide as a younger generation of players showed this weekend that they are ready to take center stage.