WINNER: That got more interesting down the stretch than we may have expected, but Dustin Johnson held on for victory Sunday at the WGC-Mexico Championship. That makes it two straight wins for the World No. 1 after Johnson blitzed the field by five shots two weeks ago at the Genesis Open. Johnson, who started the final round one shot back, played the front nine in 4-under 31 to reach 15 under and a four-shot cushion. But he would actually lose the lead all together with four holes to play after a serious charge from Jon Rahm. But Johnson birdied the par-5 15th to co-lead again and then the Spaniard sputtered down the stretch. Johnson parred his last three holes for a 3-under 68, 14-under total and a one-shot victory. This was Johnson’s first win while holding the World No. 1 spot. The 32-year-old has now won five times (including a major) since last June.
JUST MISSED: We’ll start with Rahm, even though he didn’t even finish second. The 22-year-old found himself five shots back as he played the par-5 11th, and then, like he did at the Farmers Insurance Open, he went on a tear. Rahm eagled that hole and then birdied 14 and 15. With Johnson bogeying two holes in that stretch, Rahm now had a one-shot lead! But three-putt bogeys at 16 and 17 ultimately sunk his chances. Rahm placed T-3 at 12 under in his WGC debut. Tommy Fleetwood rolled in a 39-footer for birdie at 18 to post 13 under and put some pressure on Johnson coming up 18. Johnson hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker at the last but a beauty from there to 20 feet sealed the deal. He’d two-putt for the win.
SHOT OF THE DAY: The most electrifying shot of the day came from Rahm. Here he is at No. 14 for birdie to tie the lead. Boom.
QUOTABLE: “I played just well enough, I guess.” – Dustin Johnson, on his victory
CHIP SHOTS: Justin Thomas, the 54-hole leader, can’t grab win No. 4 on the season, as a 1-over 72 pushed him back to 11 under and a tie for fifth. … Ross Fisher (T-3, 12 under) and Thomas Pieters (T-5, 11 under) rounded out the top five. … Phil Mickelson came in at T-7 at 10 under alongside Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker, who closed in 65. … Jordan Spieth finished T-12 at 7 under after a final-round 71. … Rickie Fowler, last week’s winner, jumped 14 spots to T-16 at 6 under after a final-day 67. … Roberto Diaz, the sole Mexico native in the field, placed T-67 at 10 over after a closing 76.
UP NEXT: The Valspar Championship is up next, as the Tour heads to Innisbrook’s devious Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.