Dustin Johnson is back in the winners circle after outlasting the field at Trump Doral
Miami, Florida - It was a festive week at Trump's Miami retreat this week. Earlier in
the week Dustin Johnson shot hoops with Shane Battier, J.B Holmes threw footballs
with Ryan Tannehill and Sergio Garcia played Soccer with Alexi Lalas. There were
dedications (of the Arnold Palmer & Phil Mickelson villas), a fashion show and a concert
on Saturday night with Carlos Santana . . . but eventually it came down to a typical
Sunday on the PGA Tour - albeit the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Gil Hanse's redesign, now in it's second year still proved to be "The Blue Monster".
After JB Holmes posted an incredible 62 in round 1 (which was nearly 12 strokes better
than the field average on Thursday), the course showed its pedigree not only by the
scores, but also by the quality of ball strikers on the leaderboard. Holmes, Bubba Watson,
Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were all on the board
during the weekend. It came down to the three bombers Watson, Holmes, and Johnson
late on Sunday.
J.B Holmes led Johnson and Watson by 5 strokes heading into Sunday, but numerous
miscues early had Holmes reeling on his way to final round 75 (finishing one back).
Johnson finished at 9 under par after a solid final round 69 - notching win #9 of his
career. It was another blustery South Florida afternoon, where patience and solid
ball striking was crucial. "It means everything," Johnson said. "It's been a tough road
but I played really good. It feels awesome to get that W. I played great today."
"Obviously, it's one of my biggest wins," Johnson said. "I've been working hard on my
game and been working hard on me, and so it means a great deal to have some
success right out of the gate. It gives me a lot of confidence, too."
It only took Johnson five starts after a six month leave of absence to extend his PGA
Tour winning streak to eight years in a row - presently, the longest such streak on the
Bubba Watson finished third 2 strokes back. World #1 Rory McIlroy finished tied for
ninth at -1.