Dustin Johnson remains on course to create history in Texas
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 10:18
During Sunday afternoon's final match with Rahm, Johnson was in total control and led 5 up through eight holes.
Johnson two-putted for the par and a 1up win but it had been an enthralling encounter which has only strengthened Rahm's claims to being one of the most exciting prospects in the game. He won four holes between the 10th and 16th.
At the long par-5 12th, Rahm showed off his massive power, uncorking a 426-yard drive that bounced over a cart path and settled into the center of the fairway.
"My whole goal starting the year was to get into the Masters", said the Japanese star. "But I was able to hang in there". "But I don't feel like I'm playing my best", he declared in the wake of eventually winning on the last green against Rahm. With the Masters a little over a week away, the world No. 1 enhanced his status as favorite for the Green Jacket with a third successive tournament victory. At the 16th Rahm brilliantly holed from 31ft, meaning Johnson was suddenly only one hole ahead with two to play. But I'll probably - I'll get there Tuesday night, I would imagine, if I'm going to go.
The in-form American also has six wins in total since capturing the U.S. Open a year ago as the Masters loom.
The next time we see Dustin Johnson on the golf course, he will be at Augusta National.
He is projected to jump from 26th to 14th when the world rankings are updated on Monday.
Not only did Johnson never trail, he led in 94 percent of the holes he played.
Dominant? Sure, just don't call it easy.
He won the opening hole in six straight matches, and never even heard the referee say, "The match is all square" until Johnson had played 71 holes. "But about 95 percent of the days it does not. There's still a lot of room for improvement in my game, so I'm just going to keep working on it".
Johnson, who lost to Noren in the first round of the 2013 WGC Match Play, answered with birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to seal the win. "Man, I mean what's to say", he said of his conqueror.
What he does care about is winning that second major. "He's been out on Tour for nine months and his divisor is the same for a two-year divisor".