Dustin Johnson Wins WGC Mexico Championship PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning 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.















Rickie Fowler Wins Big at The Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail


Rickie Fowler raises his arms in victory after winning the Honda Classic.



Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - On a windswept but chamber of commerce

afternoon in the Palm Beaches, Rickie Fowler had to overcome the field,

Jack Nicklaus' Bear Trap and a history of not closing the deal (0-4 when

leading after 54 holes) to notch his fourth career PGA Tour victory at the

Honda Classic.


Using a new 43 1/2 inch driver to emphasize accuracy, and a hot flatstick

(Fowler was 57 for 57 on putts inside 7 feet for the week), Fowler made clutch

birdies at the twelfth, thirteenth and sixteenth that provided enough cushion

to keep his challengers in the rear view mirror. Even after bogeys on the final

two holes (finishing at -12 with rounds of 66-66-65-71), the winning margin

was by four shots over Morgan Hoffman and Gary Woodland. Playing partner

Tyrrell Hatton of England struggled early on Sunday with bogeys at the first,

fourth and seventh holes to fall out of contention, he finished tied for fourth

at 7 under par.


Although a native of California, Fowler 28, has called the Palm Beach/Jupiter

area home since playing in PGA Tour Q-school at nearby Bear Lakes Country

Club in 2010. Motivated by the recent success of his pals Justin Thomas and

Jordan Spieth, Fowler seemed as relieved as he was jubilant after notching

the hometown win. Butch Harmon had expressed earlier in the week that

Fowler had worked hard in the off season to re-gain his form and was peaking

at the right time.


"I started with a four-shot lead and I still won by four, so I didn't play great,

it wasn't a pretty round, but we got the job done," Fowler said. "I guess I can

plan for Hawaii next year."


Fowler has moved to ninth in the Official World Golf Rankings, and tenth in the

Fedex Cup standings.


Jhonattan Vegas made a Hole n One on the par 3 -15th on Sunday.















Dustin Johnson Dominates Riviera - Takes Over OWGR No.1 PDF Print E-mail

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.
















Spieth Wins at Pebble Beach, McCarron Takes Allianz PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates the win at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California - Although heavy rains and wind plagued the beginning

of the week at the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro Am, it was a perfectly beautiful chamber

of commerce weekend on the Monterey Peninsula for the 2017 edition of "The

Crosby Clambake" (as it was once known). Jordan Spieth, who started the day

with a six stroke advantage, executed a workman like final round to close

out his ninth PGA Tour victory. Hitting 16 of 18 greens, Spieth shot a final round

70 to finish at 19 under par and a four stroke triumph over Kelly Kraft (who shot

67 on Sunday to finish at -15).


Spieth did his best to keep the excitement to a minimum (his only birdies were

a two putt on the par-5 2nd hole & a 30 foot bomb on the iconic par-3 17th).

"We Played a lot of boring golf today, Spieth said. "In fact that was the game plan,

Micheal kept saying all day, 'Just keep playing boring golf'."


Clearly Spieth knows the history of the place, as he continues to show his

pedigree not only as a world class player, but also with his maturity: "This

is a bucket-list place to win - here, Augusta National, St.Andrews, there's

only a few in the world. It feels really special. It was amazing walking up

the 18th green knowing we were going to win. It's such a unique position,

I tried to soak it in."


The only player in history to have more wins than Jordan Spieth before turning

24 years old is Tiger Woods who won 15 times before turning 24 on December

30, 1999.

Spieth vaulted to third in the Fedex Cup standings behind Hideki Matsuyama

and Justin Thomas.


Dustin Johnson finished solo 3rd at 14 under par after a final round 68.









Allianz Championship

Scott McCarron hoists the trophy at Broken Sound Club's Old Course



BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Allianz Championship was good to the last shot.

Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole Sunday, making a 6-foot putt

after a brilliant approach, to win the Allianz Championship by a shot over

Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco.

McCarron used his length, needing just a 7-iron from 179 yards after a

booming drive, to finish off a 5-under 67 that left him at 17-under 199

after three trips around The Old Course at Broken Sound.

McCarron, who was second on the PGA TOUR Champions last year with

15 eagles, made a 100-foot putt at the seventh hole for an eagle to move

him into the lead. After a bogey at 16 dropped him one back, McCarron

thrilled the crowd at the final hole with his shot that cleared the front

bunker and stopped below the hole "I figured, why not make another

eagle?" said McCarron, who earned $262,500 for this third win on the

PGA TOUR Champions. "I couldn't see the shot because we were right

into the sun, but it felt good. I knew it was good."












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