Dustin Johnson Becomes First Man To Win All Four WGCs
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 15:09
After falling behind early in the championship match, Rahm chipped away at Johnson's lead, which ballooned to 5 up through eight holes.
On the 356-yard par four eighteenth hole, Rahm blasted a drive that went a whopping 382 yards, rolling straight through the middle of the green and coming to rest a few yards over it. Johnson played a safe iron off the tee, but wedged to the front fringe of the green, leaving himself about about 25 feet to the hole for his birdie try.
13th green to win the hole with a birdie, stuck a wedge close on the 15th for another birdie and sank a 30-foot birdie on the next hole after hitting a shot through the trees. That's when Johnson heard the words "all square" for the first time all week, and then he birdied three of the next four holes and won.
"That's absolutely why I missed it", Rahm told Golf Channel, referring to the noise, which NBC television said was a portable toilet door banging.
In his way was Rahm, the rising star from Spain who faced a tough semifinal of his own against Bill Haas before pulling away with three birdies over his last four holes for a 3-and-2 victory.
It was Johnson's third consecutive victory, after he won the event formerly known as the Los Angeles Open and then the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Despite the slow start, Rahm came roaring back.
It looked as though his charge may have come to an end, and after Johnson laid up within 50 metres of the green, Rahm was confronted with what looked to be the crucial moment of the match.
"I'm proud of the way I played", said Johnson after claiming his 15th PGA Tour victory. He's a great player, he's going to be a great player out here for a long time.
The American now holds three of the four World Golf Championships, after winning last year's Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. "It got my eyes off the ball for a second". "What I saw this week, I just watched the same guy I've watched for five years now", he said. "I'm playing really well, don't get me wrong, but I don't feel like I'm playing my best".
Johnson had also been pushed in his semi-final match against Japan's Hideto Tanihara where he also squeezed out a 1up victory with a par at the 18th. Even when I was 4 down with six to go, I wasn't that low.
The worlds number one ranked golfer continues his red hot play as he was able to beat John Rahm one-up in the championship round of the Dell Match Play.
He also joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back WGC titles.
"I just made a swing as hard as I could", Rahm said.
"This was a tough one, a tough match today against Jon".
Johnson, who overtook Hideki Matsuyama for the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings, intends to play in this week's Shell Houston Open and then he'll be the likely favorite in the year's first major at Augusta National. Haas, seeded 42nd, shot just 1-under through the match's 17 holes and won even though Tanihara poured in a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh and was conceded a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th after Haas missed a birdie opportunity.