Johnson wins in debut as world No. 1
The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY — The only elevation that mattered at the Mexico Championship is how much higher Dustin Johnson can go.
In his first start since a five-shot victory at Riviera that made him No. 1 in the world, Johnson captured his fourth World Golf Championships title Sunday by blowing by some of golf’s biggest names and then delivering his best shot at the end to secure a one-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood.
He won for the fifth time in his last 15 starts on the PGA Tour, including a major and two World Golf Championships.
And at nearly 7,800 feet above sea level at Chapultepec Golf Club, Johnson kept soaring.
He closed with a 3-under 68, and finished this one off with one of the most difficult shots in golf. Clinging to a one-shot lead, his feet on the edge of the bunker and ball below his feet, Johnson hit a three-quarter shot from 127 yards with his 54-degree wedge to the middle of the 18th green for a two-putt par.
He called it a “dink.” He also could have called it clutch.
“Probably the best shot I hit all week, especially under the circumstances, was that second shot on 18,” he said. “A fantastic shot.”
It wrapped up a spectacular week in Mexico City, which hosted this World Golf Championship after it had been at Trump Doral the last seven years. Johnson walked through the roped corridors with his arms extended to slap hands and bump fists with an energetic crowd, especially kids who called out, “Dee-Jay!”
Johnson finished at 14-under 270.
Fleetwood shot a 66 that put him alone in second and secured a spot in the Masters for the first time. Ross Fisher (65) and Jon Rahm (68) finished tied for third, two shots back.
Justin Thomas, the leader after 54 holes, fell back with a 72 to tie for fifth at 11 under, while Rory McIlroy — playing for the first time in seven weeks — carded a 71 to finish tied with Brandt Snedeker (65) and Phil Mickelson (71) at 10 under.