Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Mexico Championship
Mexico City, Mexico – The final round at Chapultepec Golf Club was shaping up as a Battle Royale with a star studded leaderboard, but many of the games’ top players struggled on Sunday. Justin Thomas started the day as the 54 hole leader, but could only muster a 1 over par 72 on Sunday. Dustin Johnson once again did not disappoint, showing his peers and the rest of the golfing world that he is the legit present day Numero Uno.
Coming off a win in his last start at the Genesis Open at Riviera, Johnson opened up a four stroke lead at the turn on Sunday and held on to win by a stroke over Tommy Fleetwood at the WGC Mexico Championship.
The biggest challenges on Sunday came from Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood, but Rahm had consecutive 3 putts late to end his charge. Fleetwood made a 40 ft bomb on the 72nd green to post 13 under par in the clubhouse, a shot behind DJ. The newly minted top ranked player only needed par at the last to secure his 14th career PGA Tour victory, but his tee shot found the left fairway bunker which left an awkward stance outside the sand. DJ nipped the 122 yd wedge shot perfectly pin high to about 18 feet away. He lagged the putt and tapped in for his 4th career WGC title and an exclamation point to his World No.1 ranking.
“I came out and played really well, I felt like I hit the ball well all week.” Johnson said. “I played just well enough I guess because I won by one.”
Johnson became just the fifth player to win his first start after becoming ranked No.1, Adam Scott was the last to do so at Colonial in 2014.
Ross Fisher and Jon Rahm finished at -12, tied for 3rd two shots back. Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson each finished with even par 71’s on Sunday, finishing tied for 7th.