Masters champ's touching moment with brother melts hearts

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Seen here, the Johnson brothers embrace after Dustin's Masters victory.
Dustin Johnson and his brother Austin share a wonderful moment after the former's maiden Masters victory. Pic: Getty

Dustin Johnson says it's an "incredible feeling" to win his first Masters title with his brother Austin by his side.

The American World No.1 wrapped up a five-stroke triumph by finishing at 20-under in what was a tournament-record low score at Augusta National.

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Johnson's relief at finally clinching his first green jacket was obvious for all to see and the 36-year-old got to share the special moment with his brother Austin, who was caddying for the 2016 US Open champion.

The brothers hugged one another in a beautiful embrace after Johnson sank his final putt on the 18th to confirm the victory.

Shortly after that momentous putt, it was another moment that left plenty of viewers emotional.

Pictured here, Austin Johnson wipes away tears before his brother wins his first green jacket.
Austin Johnson choked back tears on the way to the 18th green at Augusta. Pic: PGA Tour

Austin could be seen wiping tears from his eyes on 18th green after the realisation sank in that his brother had achieved a lifelong dream by winning his first Masters title.

The touching scenes lit up social media as viewers gushed over the special brotherly bond between the men.

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Johnson told CBS's Jim Nantz after his victory that he had to try and pull his brother's emotion in check as they approached the final hole.

“I had to jab him a little bit on 18 because he was tearing up and made me tear up, I’m like, ‘I still gotta finish this off, I can’t be crying,'” Johnson said.

Johnson has used his brother as a caddie since splitting with Bobby Brown in 2013 and said he couldn't have thought of anyone better to share his magical Masters victory with.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to experience all this with my brother,” Johnson said.

“He’s been a big help being on my bag. I love him being on the bag. Wouldn’t want anyone else there.

"To share all these memories and moments with him, it’s incredible… It was a lot of fun. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”

Johnson led throughout the final round, though only by one stroke early, and did not drop a shot in the final 13 holes on his way to a four-under-par 68 and an unprecedented 20-under-par 268 total.

Australian Cameron Smith and South Korean Im Sung-jae kept Johnson honest, both shooting 69 to tie for second on 15-under, but in the end they had no answer to the champion.

Smith had the incredible honour of becoming the first man in Masters history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.

However, it wasn't enough to stop Johnson whose victory will go a long way to cementing the 36-year-old's reputation as a pre-eminent player of his generation.

He previously won the 2016 US Open, but was 0-4 when going into the final round at majors in the lead.

Among his near misses was a tie for second behind Woods at last year's Masters.

"I was nervous all day," Johnson said in the traditional Butler Cabin interview before being presented with the Green Jacket by last year's champion Tiger Woods.

"I could feel it. The Masters to me is the biggest tournament, the one I wanted to win the most.

"Having Tiger put the Green Jacket on you, it still feels like a dream ... I couldn't be more excited."

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