Johnson wins Match Play for sweep in world championships
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 22:19
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He wasted little time responding to a rare challenge. And just like that, he was 1 down with two holes to play. Once again displaying his special mettle, Rahm buried the putt.
The year of Dustin Johnson continues.
Johnson has looked unstoppable all month.
Johnson became the first player to have won all four World Golf Championship events by beating Rahm by one hole in a dramatic final at Austin Country Club.
While he remained calm and collected throughout the duration of the tournament, Johnson had to admit that it was a tiring day for him. "But about 95 percent of the days it does not".
"I confirmed what I already thought, that I belong here", he said, not in a cocky manner, but with great confidence.
The Japanese player has been the surprise package of the tournament from the moment he cruised to victory over Jordan Spieth in the opening round of group stage matches, and he saw off Englishmen Paul Casey and Ross Fisher to earn a shot at world No 1 Dustin Johnson in the semi-finals.
By advancing into the weekend rounds of the Match Play, both Tanihara and Fisher jumped into the top-50 of the final Official World Golf Ranking in which players can qualify for the upcoming Masters. His near comeback from 5 down against Johnson was evocative of Woods in three U.S. Amateur finals. Jimmy Walker, 5-and-3.
He dropped a shot at the sixth, another at the eighth and then a third bogey at No. 10 when he three-putted. He also beat Alex Noren in the round of 16.
Although Rahm briefly led at the WGC Mexico, Dustin Johnson was the victor there too - and this time held the advantage for the majority of the match on his way to back-to-back WGC titles.
It was the third straight victory for Johnson, and it stamped his position at No. 1. Rahm wondered after their match. It's unbelievable how he's able to keep cool the entire round. 'I wish it hadn't happened but I'm proud of the way I played'. "So it was really tough to make putts".
"I've never, that I can think of, just started out with five straight birdies", Points said. As he was playing the shot, a door slammed in the background and the best he could manage was to within 25 feet, allowing Johnson gratefully to scrape in with the par.
It was the third PGA Tour victory of his career, and felt just as sweet as when he won at Pebble Beach with Bill Murray as his partner, and four years ago at the Houston Open to get to the Masters. Some will say it was fun to watch, but as Johnson hit a wedge into the green and Rahm hit a lob wedge, it was hard not to reflect on the recent survey conducted by the R&A and USGA, which somehow reached the verdict that, no, the ball is not travelling too far.
Those answers could be construed as elusive rhetoric from any other player, but in Johnson's case, it's just the plain truth. "He's just a ideal, complete player".
Johnson would make the mistake of giving Rahm an opening when he gave away the 10th and 11th holes with bogeys, though, and soon the Spanish bull was off and running.
He paused for a few seconds and pondered the idea. I know that. I've won my last three but I'm just going to have to keep working hard, keep working on the things that I'm working on right now.
It goes against everything we've ever learned about this game.