This isn’t the same Augusta National Dustin Johnson conquered in November.
After breaking a Masters record with 20-under to win his first green jacket at the postponed 2020 event, the 36-year-old Johnson finished Thursday’s opening round at 2-over 74, which included a double-bogey on No. 18.
That marked Johnson’s fourth bogey of the day after he carded only four bogeys in 72 holes en route to his Masters win five months ago.
Johnson’s tough round shows just how difficult the course is playing this week after low numbers in the fall, when he won his second career major. The world No. 1 also won the 2016 US Open.
Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed were tied for the early lead at 3-under in the middle of Thursday afternoon.