— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) March 6, 2017
Dustin Johnson won his second consecutive start and his second event of the 2017 season with a final round 68 in the World Golf Championship Mexico.
Playing in his first event since rising to No. 1 in the world golf rankings, Johnson started his final round one shot behind the third round leader Justin Thomas. Thomas played the first nine holes three over par to quickly drop down the leaderboard.
Johnson had four birdies on the front nine giving him a four shot lead with nine to play. The tournament wasn’t over yet as Johnson then proceeded to score bogey on 12 and 13, while rookie John Rahm made an eagle on 11, and birdie on 14 and 15, and took a one shot lead.
The easy going Johnson wasn’t done yet, making a birdie on 15, and clutch par’s on 16 and 17, and then tapped in for par on 18 to win his fourth World Golf Championship event.
“I didn’t feel I hit any bad shots there when I made those two bogeys. I knew I just had to continue to play golf,” said Johnson, who missed 11 putts inside 10 feet this week but was kept from pulling the hair from his head by his powerful tee-to-green game. “ … I thought I putted well all week and I hit the ball well all week. I just played well enough because I won by one.”
Johnson joins Tiger Woods as the only two players with four or more WGC titles, with Woods winning 18.
Johnson said being No.1 in the world does come with some added pressure each week, but still he wants to stay there.
“I feel like my game is in very good shape. Starting the beginning of last year really has felt really solid and it hasn’t really let up any. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game”, said Johnson. “I feel like I’m controlling my ball very well and I feel like my I’m starting to hit the driver a little straighter. If I can drive it straight I’m going to play well every week.”
Tommy Fleetwood finished second at 13 under after making a long birdie putt on 18. Ross Fisher and John Rahm tied for third at 12 under. Thomas Pieters and Justin Thomas tied for fifth at 11 under par.
The win, is his 14th on the PGA TOUR, and moves him to 3rd place in Fed Ex Cup rankings.
The win certainly increases the mentions of Johnson being considered the favorite heading to the Masters in a few weeks.