With golf’s the Masters kicking off on Thursday, all eyes were on the Vivint Houston Open – the final PGA Tour event before Augusta – and world number one Dustin Johnson finished joint-second to keep his confidence high heading into golf’s biggest tournament.
Johnson came up just short to tie for second, finishing the competition on 11-under par, two short of the winning score. Although Johnson will be disappointed he couldn’t go one better and head into the Masters with another win under his belt, the American will fancy his chances of picking up his first green jacket given the good form he’s in.
Johnson was bested by Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who picked up his first win on the PGA Tour. Ranked at 149 in the world, few would have predicted the 29-year-old would take home the prize money, but after a crucial birdie on 16 which was then followed by another on the last, Ortiz sealed an unlikely victory, meaning the world’s highest ranked player in Johnson would have to make do for second.
Although Ortiz failed to make the grade for this year’s Masters, the Mexican has earned an invitation to the major next year so he’ll be hoping he can spring another surprise on golf’s biggest stage in 2021.
Another notable performance came from Hideki Matsuyama, who surged into contention after posting a course record 63. Matsuyama eventually finished on 11-under to tie for second with Johnson but judging by some of his play the Japanese player could prove a real threat at Augusta this week.
With the golf calendar’s biggest event looming on the horizon, many of the big guns decided to sit this one out in preparation for the Masters, so the likes of Rory McIlroy and John Rahm were absent from the field.