This world No. 1 thing seems to fit Dustin Johnson nicely.
When he ascended to No. 1 for the first time with his win at the Genesis Open near Los Angeles last month, Johnson was asked if he was comfortable being No. 1. Ask him in a couple of weeks, he said.
Well, he’s played two events since becoming No. 1 – both of them World Golf Championships – and he’s won them both. By winning the Match Play, Johnson did something Tiger Woods has not – he’s the first player to win all four WGC events (Woods has never won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai).
How dominant was Johnson? He never trailed at any time in any of the seven matches he played at Austin Country Club.
What looked like a lopsided way to close out the week – Johnson was 5 up after eight holes against Jon Rahm – instead became a grind as Rahm refused to go away. Johnson let Rahm have a glimmer of hope when he lost the ninth and 10th holes to pars and the momentum swung in the rookie’s favor.
“He’s going to be a great player for a long time,” Johnson said of Rahm.
The lead is down to one!
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Johnson wasn’t as sharp on the closing nine holes as he had been most of the week but when Rahm couldn’t birdie the par-4 18th hole after hitting his tee shot on the back fringe, Johnson was able to secure victory.
“I just didn’t really give him anything,” Johnson said. “I was playing pretty well. It was a really tough day. I’m proud of the way I played and the way I stayed in there even though he made some birdies on the back nine.”
In winning all seven matches, Johnson beat Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker, Martin Kaymer, Zach Johnson, Alex Norén, Hideto Tanihara and Rahm.
In the consolation match, Bill Haas defeated Tanihara, 2 and 1.
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