Best golfer in 2020: Dustin Johnson stands alone with dominant Masters victory among accolades


Now that golf is over for 2020, it is time to look as shortly as further on a 12 months that featured pretty just some stops, begins and totally fully totally totally completely totally different weird happenings to see who carried out the right golf of the 12 months. On paper, an regulate to like this should be pretty straightforward, nonetheless it may get bizarre shortly when chances are high you may take observe numerous worldwide excursions, two completely totally fully totally totally completely totally different PGA Tour seasons and attain all one in all many best strategies by which by which by which as shortly as further to January — which feels select it befell roughly 19 years so far.

The candidates listed beneath are the equal outdated suspects along with being a very terribly setting pleasant names all by the game. The 12 months (and decade) opened, fittingly, with a Justin Thomas victory in Hawaii and ended what kind of felt like two separate occasions, as shortly as with a Dustin Johnson victory on the Masters after which with Viktor Hovland’s second win on the Mayakoba Golf Typical.

So let’s attain as shortly as further to Jan. 1, use your full data at our disposal and work out who precisely was the right golfer on this no-good, very dangerous 12 months that was 2020. Listed beneath are the candidates.

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Dustin Johnson

The plain candidate related relevant applicable right correct proper right here, though you would not have acknowledged so when he was throughout the midst of a run that included capturing a pair of 80s and a 78 on the Memorial Match and the 3M Open. Since that WD on the 3M, although, he is achieved exterior the only six one time (a T12 in Memphis). He is led the world in OWGR parts earned, strokes gained, wins and together with took the Masters by 5. So yeah, he is all by the combination related relevant applicable right correct proper right here. 

Strokes gained: 2.36
OWGR parts earned: 464
Wins: three
Majors: Win, three prime 10s

Justin Thomas

Thomas gained Kapalua in a playoff over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed, and the Decade of J.T. was underway. Curiously, he went on to win only one extra time all by the remainder of the 12 months — a Sunday on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational when he dropped a 65 on the weekend. He was sturdy on the majors, although, and had two totally fully totally totally completely totally different tournaments (the Workday Charity Open and Zozo Championship) he presumably appears to be like he might should have gained. J.T. capped his 12 months with a solo fourth on the Masters and locked up a fourth (!!) straight 12 months of two.1 or extra strokes gained (solely D.J. even has three).

Strokes gained: 2.31
OWGR parts earned: 335
Wins: 2
Majors: Two prime 10s

Jon Rahm

There are 1,000,000 methods to measure the thought-about goodness or badness in golf, nonetheless Rahm was the co-leader in my favourite approach: strokes gained. In response to Data Golf, Rahm and Johnson each gained 2.36 strokes per spherical for 2020. That’s, on widespread, they have been 2.36 strokes greater than the sphere in each spherical they carried out for the 12 months. For Rahm, this resulted in two wins, two seconds and a 3rd worldwide nonetheless just one prime 10 at an infinite championship (which feels select it ought to matter). The wins have been massive daddies, although: The Memorial Match — which when he gained felt like an infinite — and the BMW Championship, which he gained in a playoff over D.J. Although he gained three events in every of the earlier three years, I really actually actually truly actually really feel chances are you’ll presumably make a legit argument that this was Rahm’s greatest 12 months ever.

Strokes gained: 2.36
OWGR parts earned: 329
Wins: 2
Majors: One prime 10

Bryson DeChambeau

He is actually the one totally fully totally totally completely totally different candidate on this house. I supposed I might take heed to arguments for Xander Schauffele (although he did not have a acknowledged win), Webb Simpson, Tyrrell Hatton or Collin Morikawa (who gained an infinite championship), nonetheless DeChambeau is taken under consideration thought-about one among merely 4 golfers who gained over 300 OWGR parts on the 12 months (the choice three are merely above), and he so uniquely modified the sport that he deserves to be acknowledged related relevant applicable right correct proper right here. His win on the Rocket Mortgage Typical which exactly broke ShotLink — the PGA Tour’s laser system that delivers deep knowledge on tournaments — was spectacular, nonetheless his six-shot victory on the U.S. Open was transformational in methods we’d not even actually actually actually actually truly actually really feel for an extra 10 or 20 years. That parts, although it is nonetheless presumably not ample to beat D.J.

Strokes gained: 1.98
OWGR parts earned: 314
Wins: 2
Majors: Win, two prime 10s

Verdict: It should be D.J. Though DeChambeau had most probably a further transformative 12 months everytime you have a look on the larger image, and Rahm and Thomas have been presumably extra mounted, D.J.’s Masters win alone is ample to position him all by the dialog and his OWGR parts earned and strokes-gained quantity push him excessive. What’s scary for the remainder of the golf world is how widespread all of it appeared for the No. 1 participant on this planet, and one in all many best strategies by which by which merely evidently it could actually occur as shortly as extra in 2021.



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