Dustin Johnson jumps to No.1 in the World after his rout at Riviera
Pacific Palisades, California – With rounds of 66-66-64-71, Dustin Johnson blitzed the field by five strokes to win the Genesis Open at Riviera, and in the process took over as the No.1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings. Johnson led the field in driving distance at Riviera, which was no surprise (in fact in round 4 he averaged a whopping 321 yards off the tee), but DJ also gained 1.84 strokes over the field on the greens at “Hogan’s Alley” enroute to finishing at 17 under par.
It was a 36 hole Sunday with the third round being played Sunday morning (because of storms that hit the Los Angeles area washing out Friday’s play). Things got sloppy on the back nine, but with such a big lead he only needed to get into the house. DJ seemed relieved when it was over, “I didn’t finish the last 10 holes the way I’d like to, but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control”.
After a 47 week run at the top, Jason Day made way for Dustin Johnson – who’s the 20th player to take over as World No.1 since Bernhard Langer was the first in 1986. Johnson joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players who turned professional since 1960 to have won a PGA Tour event in their first 10 seasons on tour.
Scott Brown and Thomas Pieters finished tied for second at -12.