8am Round-Up: Dustin Johnson completes WGC Grand Slam
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:22
Ever since Dustin Johnson became the top golfer in the world, he has been on an incredible hot streak.
Rahm missed his long birdie putt, halving the hole with Johnson, who escaped with a 1-up victory in the World Golf Championships event to become the first player to win all four WGC events.
"I don't know. Ask me that in the morning when I wake up", Johnson said Sunday after winning in Austin, Texas.
At the par-five 16th, both players hit awful tee shots way right of the fairway but Rahm's ball found a frightful spot behind some trees in deep rough. And just keep trying to get better. Rahm staged a fine comeback however and took the clash down the 18 where Johnson held his nerve to take the title, to add to his WGC crowns at the HSBC Champions, Cadillac Championship and Bridgestone Invitational.
"It shows me that I can compete with someone like DJ and any other player, even if I had probably one of my worst front nines possible", Rahm said. 13, 15 and 16 to cut his deficit to one. I'm excited to go back when the game is in good form.
Surely next week's Masters can not come soon enough for the laid back American after his tense one-up victory over the brilliant young Spaniard, in which he had to retain his nerve after witnessing a five-hole advantage whittled back to one.
"I didn't really give him any holes except for 10", he told Golf Channel's Steve Sands immediately after the win.
The big-hitting Johnson, who swept aside his previous five opponents with easy victories during the week, made two crucial pars coming home.
He capped his week by winning two tight tussles on Sunday, digging deep to beat Hideto Tanihara, 1 up, in the semifinals, and then rookie Jon Rahm, 1 up, in the finals on a sun-drenched Sunday by the Colorado River.
After Johnson stuck to his game plan and laid up off the tee with an iron, Rahm hit a remarkably courageous shot, smashing driver straight at the flag across the water and dropping the ball some 20 feet behind the hole.
"I really never hit it in trouble", he said. In the evolutionary development of golf into an athletic pursuit that began with Gary Player, continued with Sir Nick Faldo and moved on to Tiger, Johnson has raised the bar another notch.
"Honestly", he said after Johnson defeated him, 1 up, "as sad as I might emotionally feel, I'm extremely happy with what I did".
Last year, Johnson won his first major title when he captured the U.S. Open at Oakmont. "I felt like I was still attacking the golf course", he said.
A closing five-under 66 secured a top-10 finish for Philip McLean in the Pro Golf Tour's Ocean Open in Morocco. His wish came two weeks early. "And somehow the ball went under the first tee, rose just over the next one ... and went through to 100 yards".
When it comes to to athletes you could be for one day, I'd imagine Jordan Spieth and - especially - Tom Brady are high on that list. He finished off his dream run with a win over Bill Haas in the consolation match to finish third and earn an invitation to the Masters next month.
Darby, who started caddying on the Canadian Tour, now has two wins in opposite field tournaments.