At an elevation of 7,600 feet above sea level, it’s perfectly understandable when you get a little lightheaded and assume you’re hallucinating when you see a golfer hit an iron 322 yards or drive the greens on holes that would require two hard pops for most of us. But stupid long, even at elevation, is Dustin Johnson’s world. We’re just visiting.
Johnson didn’t so much overpower the Club de Golf Chapultepec as dice it to pieces like master chef, reducing the classic 7,330-yard Willie and Alex Smith design to a pitch-and-putt. And he pitched it and putted it better than everyone else in Mexico City last week with a 14-under par finish that edged out Tommy Fleetwood, Ross Fisher and Jon Rahm, an international leaderboard that had to thrill the sponsors of this first World Golf Championships event in Mexico.
On the other side of the world, Inbee Park continued to defy expectations. Just when most insiders assumed she had done quite enough and might call it a career, Park came back from a six-month layoff and put on a putting exhibition in Singapore that left the rest of the players on the LPGA Tour shaking their heads in disbelief.
Meanwhile, a couple of can’t-miss kids missed again, as Rory McIlroy had a disappointing weekend to fall from the top of the leaderboard into a tie for seventh, while Michelle Wie, who hadn’t graced a leaderboard since Donald Trump last hosted Celebrity Apprentice, worked herself into a third-round lead only to cold-top a 3-wood and three-putt from 5 feet to fade away on Sunday.
Lightheaded or not, that was a weekend worth watching.