Dustin Johnson wins WGC-Mexico

Dustin Johnson wins WGC-Mexico

Another event, another win for Dustin Johnson.

Johnson achieved his 20th career PGA Tour title Sunday at the WGC-Mexico Championship and second win this year after winning the inaugural yet controversial Saudi International just three weeks ago.

The American turned in a pair of 66’s on the weekend to win the WGC title and this is the second time in three years Johnson has won the event and his sixth WGC title in all.

Johnson’s winner’s cheque amounted to a cool $1.745 million.

“It means a lot, to get 20 wins out here is very difficult,” said Johnson. “To do it before I turn 35 is pretty incredible. This is a big win for me, it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. I feel like the game is in good form right now.”


Johnson began the round with a four-shot over Rory McIlroy, but gave the Northern Irishman some false hope as he started one over in the first five holes. The Ulsterman failed to capitalise on Johnson’s mistakes and came in the easy stretch of Chapultepec in even par. Johnson then put up six birdies over the next 11 holes  for a five-shot victory.

He becomes the fifth player to win 20 times before age 35, joining a club that includes Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

This week at Mexico City seemed too easy for Johnson. He averaged 330 yards off the tee, and had a driving average of 60.7%. The raw power and athleticism he possess is unfair to the rest of the playing field, especially after a tuned-up wedge game.

What is surprising was his accuracy from tee to green – hitting 80.6% of green in regulation. Johnson barely made a mistake, but statistics wise – two, to be exact. He carded only one bogey and one double bogey or more for the week. A week with ridiculously accurate drives and close to no mistakes is a surefire way to win.

What is a golf tournament without mentioning the big cat.

Tiger Woods came in a deserved T10th position, after playing brilliantly off the tee and to the greens. Woods’ driving accuracy was 73% and was hitting 79% of his greens.

His putter went cold and really struggled on the poa greens of Chapultepec. During the weekend, Woods only missed five greens in regulation but had scores of only one-under and two-under despite such a performance.

“I really can’t explain how bad I putted. The putts I thought I hit well didn’t go in and the putts I hit bad were just atrocious,” Woods said.

His highlight for the week was a side spinning bunker shot that left the word in awe.


 

 

 

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