Dustin Johnson fights back tears as Masters champion realises dream

‘This is the big one, it doesn’t get any better’: Dustin Johnson fights back the tears as Masters champion realises his lifelong dream at Augusta

  • Dustin Johnson shot the lowest ever score as he romped to victory at Augusta 
  • The 36-year-old held back the tears as he spoke after his amazing triumph
  • Johnson was born just an hour away, and says it’s the biggest major for him 

Masters champion Dustin Johnson fought back the tears after he overcame a nightmare bout of the jitters to realise his lifetime dream.

The world No 1 was born just an hour from Augusta and eventually collected his first green jacket in grand style with a record 72-hole score of 20 under par.

But he was struggling over the front nine, with two bogeys to halve his four-shot overnight lead. 

Dustin Johnson slips on the Green Jacket following his record-breaking triumph at the Masters

Johnson shows his emotions after finally getting his hands on his second major 

‘I was nervous all day and particularly early on,’ said the 36-year-old American. ‘You have to realise what this means to me, growing up so close to Augusta. This is the biggest major for me, the one I always want to win the most.

‘It still feels like a dream, and getting presented with the jacket by Tiger Woods caps it all off. It doesn’t get any better. What a great feeling. I couldn’t be more excited.’

Just what it meant became clear as he tried to do an interview with American television on the 18th green and the tears flowed.

Sir Nick Faldo led the tributes. ‘You look at Dustin’s all-round game and the sky’s the limit for him in terms of how many majors he could win,’ said the three-time Masters champion. 

The 36-year-old produced a dominant display from start to finish at Augusta this week

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