MIAMI, Florida: Dustin Johnson held on to beat Spain’s Jon Rahm 1 up on Sunday to win the World Golf Championships Match Play crown and turn out to be the primary participant to win all 4 WGC occasions.
World primary Johnson was 5 up by means of eight holes however withstood a livid rally by the 22-yr-previous Spaniard, who was making an attempt to develop into the youngest winner of one of many elite WGC occasions.
Rahm’s comeback bid fell brief when he was unable to birdie the 18th to increase the match. Johnson rolled in a 4-footer for a par to halve the opening and seal the win.
Johnson, the reigning US Open champion, gained the WGC HSBC Champions in 2013, the WGC Cadillac Championship in 2015, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2016 and the WGC Mexico Championship earlier this month.
His wins in Mexico and on Sunday in Austin, Texas, noticed him be a part of Tiger Woods as the one gamers to win again-to-again WGC titles.
The victory capped a dominant week for Johnson, who by no means trailed in any of his seven matches.
Johnson took the ultimate by the throat when he gained 4 straight holes from the third by means of the six because the ever-extra annoyed Rahm struggled with the putter.
However Rahm stored his nerve after falling 5 down when Johnson gained the eighth with a par.
And the younger Spaniard, who gained his first US PGA Tour title at Torrey Pines this yr, gained the thirteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth with birdies — rolling in a clutch 32-footer on the sixteenth.
After each parred the par-three seventeenth, they went to 18 with Johnson 1 up.
Johnson hadn’t been past the sixteenth gap till Sunday. He additionally needed to cling on for a 1 up win over Japan’s Hideto Tanihara within the semi-finals on Sunday morning.
“I undoubtedly didn’t play my greatest at this time within the first match or the second,” Johnson stated. “So, to win each these matches not having my greatest stuff is certainly a constructive.
“And I’m undoubtedly pleased with the best way I hung in there and performed robust and simply tried to by no means give away holes, which I felt like I did a reasonably good job of.”
Johnson’s two newest WGC triumphs comply with a victory within the Genesis Open at Riviera in February that propelled the American to primary on the earth. He’s the primary participant since Rory McIlroy in 2014 to win three consecutive US PGA Tour begins.
“I’ve obtained a whole lot of confidence now — confidence in my recreation and confidence in myself,” Johnson stated.
Rahm’s bogeys on the third and fourth noticed Johnson take a fast lead, which the American constructed on with birdies to win the fifth and sixth holes earlier than one other bogey from a clearly annoyed Rahm on the eighth noticed Johnson go 5 up.
“I used to be making an attempt to do one of the best I might, however simply issues weren’t occurring, sadly for me,” Rahm stated of the entrance 9.
Rahm narrowed the deficit when he gained the ninth with a par, and gained the tenth when Johnson three-putted for bogey.
After each bombed their drives greater than four hundred yards down the green on the twelfth, Johnson ended up with a two-putt birdie whereas Rahm’s second shot landed in a bunker and he ended up with a par.
At thirteen, Rahm drove the inexperienced and two-putted for a birdie that left him simply three down once more. He reduce the deficit with one other birdie at 15, then rolled in his birdie bomb at sixteen after recovering from a tee shot into the timber.
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