Once again it was the Dustin Johnson Show.
This time the world’s No. 1 made his first stand at the top of the pack and he ended up as the Leader Of The Pack Sunday at the WGC-Mexico.
Johnson put together a fast and furious front nine at the Club de Golf Chapultepec then held on down the stretch for pick up his fourth victory in a WGC event and his second straight win on the PGA Tour this season.
“It means a lot,” said Johnson, who trailed overnight leader Justin Thomas going into Sunday’s final 18. “I came on and played really well. I played just well enough because I won by one. I didn’t putt my best this week but otherwise I played really well.”
Johnson played his best early and shot four-under on the front nine and got it to 15-under par and took a four-shot lead into the final nine. But back-to-back bogeys opened the door for some challengers, mainly Jon Rahm. Rahm birdied the 15th and got to 14-under par and tied Johnson, briefly. Rahm blew his hopes for victory with back-to-back three-putt greens at the 16th and 17th holes, allowing Johnson’s lead to grow to two shots.
Brit Tommy Fleetwood from the European Tour dropped a bomb of a putt from nearly 40 feet out at the 18th to break out of the pack at 12-under and steal second place alone at 13-under par.
Johnson displayed all the cool he has displayed lately. At the final hole his tee shot found a fairway bunker but he hit a sweet second from an awkward stance to within 20 feet to seal the win.
Thomas eventually finished tied for fifth after his one-over par 72 left him at 11-under.
Rory McIlroy’s return to golf resulted in a tie for seventh. He and Phil Mickelson failed to mount any Sunday charge and both shot 71s to finish at 10-under par.