Welcome to the November Pro Golf Wrap-Up – everything you need to know in the world of golf expertly curated by your friends at Global Golf Management.
The first Masters Tournament played in November went to the player who is ranked first in the world and just finished first in the recently completed FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA TOUR.
Dustin Johnson, who has suffered a series of disappointments in major championships, painful close calls that included yet another runner-up finish in August at the PGA Championship, won the one major championship he dreamed of winning. The South Carolina native was simply too good to be stopped, capturing the 84thMasters handily with a record-breaking performance.
On Sunday, Nov. 15, Johnson steadied his nerves and fired a final-round 4-under-par 68 at Augusta National Golf Club to submit a record 20-under 268 total, two strokes better than the previous record held by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. After finishing runner-up to Woods by one stroke in the 2019 Masters, Johnson registered a five-stroke victory over Australian Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im of Korea.
Johnson, 36, won for the 24th time on the PGA TOUR and added a second major to his resume to go along with his 2016 U.S. Open title at Oakmont. “I proved that I can get it done on Sunday with the lead at a major, especially in tough conditions,” said Johnson, who was choked with emotion in the aftermath as he donned his green jacket. “I felt like it was tricky out there. I proved to myself that I do have it, because I’m sure a lot of y’all think there were doubts in my mind, just because I had been there. I’m in this position a lot of times.”
Woods, a five-time Masters winner, tied for 38th in his title defense.
The Masters was, of course, the big prize in November, but there were other winners in the penultimate month of 2020. On the PGA TOUR, that included Brian Gay, Carlos Ortiz and Robert Streb. On the LPGA, Sei Young Kim was the lone champion, continuing her hot streak by taking the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging & Konica Minolta.
In Southampton, Bermuda, in the tournament ending Nov. 1, Brian Gay, just a year shy of joining the PGA TOUR Champions, birdied the final hole for an 8-under-par 64, and then defeated Wyndham Clark with a 12-foot birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the Bermuda Championship.
Gay won for the fifth time and prevented Clark from winning his first TOUR title. Clark shot a final-round 65 at Port Royal to tie Gay at 15-under 269.
Ortiz joined the roll of first-time PGA TOUR winners with an impressive performance, closing with a 5-under 65 to beat Dustin Johnson by two strokes in the Vivint Houston Open. Ortiz, 28, became the first player from Mexico to win on TOUR since Victor Regalado at the 1978 Quad Cities Open after finishing at 13-under 267 at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston.
Robert Streb likes the RSM Classic, winning it for a second time at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., by beating Kevin Kisner with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Streb also won the event in 2014. Streb, who led by three shots after 54 holes, shot a final-round 2-under 68, while Kisner closed with a 63 to finished tied at 19-under 263.
In Belleair, Fla., Sei Young Kim won again just a month after her major victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The former Rookie of the Year winner shot a final-round even-par 70 at Pelican Golf Club to prevent Ally McDonald from winning consecutive events.
Ranked No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Kim finished with a 14-under 266 aggregate total for a three-stroke margin and registered her 12th LPGA title. McDonald closed with a 68, completing the event with four rounds in the 60s.
The final major of the year is in the women’s game when the U.S. Women’s Open is conducted Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
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