Dustin Johnson wins World Golf Championship Match Play

Ross Houston
March 30, 2017

Just minutes ago, Dustin Johnson-PGA Tour star and #1 golfer in the world-won the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin, Texas, on the Austin Country Club golf course.

Still needing a big finish to extend the match, Rahm produced the putt of the final at the 16th as he rolled in a birdie chance from 32 feet after pulling his drive into the trees and being unable to go at the green in two, and both players nailed clutch par putts at the penultimate hole.

Extra holes looked on the cards when Rahm drove to the back edge of the 18th green, but a bad chip took the pressure off Johnson and he safely made par from the fringe to secure the title.

"Honestly", he said after Johnson defeated him, 1 up, "as sad as I might emotionally feel, I'm extremely happy with what I did".

Johnson won the Genesis Open on February 19 to rise to No. 1 in the world ranking and won his next start two weeks later at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Surely next week's Masters can not come soon enough for the laid back American after his tense one-up victory over the brilliant young Spaniard, in which he had to retain his nerve after witnessing a five-hole advantage whittled back to one. "I just felt like I needed to capitalize when I had the chances and I was able to do that", Haas said. We just have a kind of like responsibility to play well on the LPGA.

In the third-place match, 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas beat Tanihara, 2 and 1, winning three of the pair's final five holes when the 54th-seeded Tanihara bogeyed them. Tanihara closed the front nine with four hole-winning birdies in a row, the longest putt from five feet, to jump 4-up on Fisher at the turn. I know that. Obviously I've won my last three.

Rahm then drove through the green at the par-four 18th, ending up over the back, from where, perhaps distracted by a loud sudden banging noise just as he started his swing, he misjudged his 80-foot chip shot and could only par, allowing Johnson to escape with the win.

But Rahm kept his nerve after falling 5 down when Johnson won the eighth with a par.

Despite pressure from Rahm, Johnson parred his final two holes, to win the World Matchplay for the first time in his career.

No one in the world is playing better than Johnson at the moment.

It looked very likely the match would be one-sided as errant tee shots and missed putts early on left Rahm five down after eight holes, but the 22-year-old soon began to regain his composure. He won in 7,800 feet of altitude in Mexico City, and then he saved his best work for perhaps the toughest tournament to win. He only played in Shanghai twice, getting smoked by Phil Mickelson in the final round in 2009, and finishing 12 shots behind Francesco Molinari a year later.

'He is the flawless, complete golfer, ' he said. "Once I collected myself after that tee shot on the ninth, things went a little easier", Rahm said.

So Yeon Ryu (66) and Austin Ernst (67) were second. He led after 105 of the 112 holes he played in the tournament. With the wind howling, Rahm crushed his drive and the ball climbed in elevation, helping it to stop on landing.

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