Dustin Johnson’s emotional Masters interview shocked Amanda Balionis
Amanda Balionis has been interviewing Dustin Johnson for practically a decade, and the CBS Sports activities reporter was as shocked as anybody when the newly minted Masters champion broke down and cried throughout their chat following his breakthrough victory Sunday at Augusta.
“Very (shocked),” Balionis instructed the Massive Lead. “I’ve been interviewing Dustin since I began overlaying golf in 2011 and also you form of know what to anticipate. He’s going to reply the query that you simply ask and he’s going to underplay his efficiency and at all times chalk it as much as executing and being in command. When he’s not taking part in effectively, he’s very trustworthy about that too however he’s usually unemotional. Even when he gained his first main there wasn’t plenty of emotion.
“I feel what occurred, although, is he was carrying the inexperienced jacket on the observe placing inexperienced, (2019 champion) Tiger (Woods) had simply put it on him and it actually simply hit him in that second that he’d achieved his childhood dream.”
The usually stoic Johnson — who grew up barely an hour from Augusta in Irmo, South Carolina — fired a record-setting 20-under par to win the Masters for the primary time in his profession, breaking the event document of 18-under held by Tiger Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.
“He grew up an hour away from this golf course. This was the one, and after I requested him the query, I feel he actually took himself again to when he was a little bit child dreaming of the second and it lastly hit him,” Balionis mentioned. “It was fairly unbelievable to see as a result of we often see a really in-control Dustin Johnson and we form of obtained a peek behind the scenes, which I feel was great.”
The 36-year-old Johnson had gained one main event beforehand in his profession, the 2016 U.S. Open, and he’d completed tied for second final yr at Augusta. The world’s No. 1 ranked participant paused for practically 10 seconds when he was requested Sunday what profitable the Masters meant to him.
“It was clearly such a weak second for him and my job is to attempt to create area for the particular person to provide their genuine emotions and feelings in that second,” Balionis mentioned. “I believed he was being his most genuine self and that’s not one thing he at all times does within the public eye. I wanted to provide him area.
“If he can collect his phrases, nice, but when he can’t, that silence and his response most likely says greater than phrases ever may…In that second, I used to be going to let Dustin be precisely the place he wanted to be.”
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