Dustin Johnson Wins 2017 Genesis Open

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(14th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)

 

Pacific Palisades, CA              February 16-19, 2017                              Purse: $7,000,000 ($1,260,000)

Riviera Country Club                                                                              Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,322

 

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, February 19, 2017

 

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 60. Wind SW 6-12 mph.

 

Round three resumed at 6:50 a.m. and ended at 12:03 p.m. Final-round tee times are between 10:25 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m.

 

Final-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson                   66-66-64-71—267 (-17)

Thomas Pieters                  70-68-71-63—272 (-12)

Scott Brown                        68-68-69-67—272 (-12)

Dustin Johnson

A week after his third-place showing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Dustin Johnson parlayed a five-stroke lead beginning the final round of the Genesis Open into a victory of the same amount with his even-par 71. The win, his 13th on the PGA TOUR, comes in his 206th TOUR start at the age of 32 years, 7 months, 28 days.

 

Dustin Johnson’s 13 PGA TOUR victories:    

2008 – Turning Stone Resort Championship

2009 – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

2010 – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, BMW Championship

2011 – The Barclays

2012 – FedEx St. Jude Classic

2013 – Tournament of Champions

2014 – World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

2015 – World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship

2016 – U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, BMW Championship

2017 – Genesis Open

 

With his win at the Genesis Open, Johnson overtakes the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking from Jason Day. Johnson becomes the 20th different player to achieve World No. 1 status.

 

With the victory, Johnson collects 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 6 in the standings with 803 points.

 

With his win this week, Johnson joins Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as players to have won at least once on the PGA TOUR each of their first 10 seasons on TOUR:

Arnold Palmer: 17 (1955-1971)

Jack Nicklaus: 17 (1962-1978)

Tiger Woods: 14 (1996-2009)

Dustin Johnson: 10 (2008-2016)

 

Before back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16, Johnson was on pace to tie or break the 72-hole tournament record of 20-under 264, held by Lanny Wadkins from 1985.

 

Johnson was making his 10th start in the Genesis Open this week, where he has now collected an impressive seven top-10 finishes. In only the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has he collected as many on the PGA TOUR.

 

Johnson’s top-10 finishes at the Genesis Open: 1st/2017, 4th/2016, P2/2015, 2nd/2014, T4/2012, T3/2010, T10/2009.

The largest margin of victory at the Genesis Open is nine strokes (Phil Rodgers/1962/Rancho Municipal GC). The tournament record for largest margin of victory at Riviera Country Club is seven strokes (Lanny Wadkins/1985, Doug Tewell/1986).

 

Johnson’s five-stroke win is the largest margin of victory on the PGA TOUR since Justin Thomas won this season’s Sony Open in Hawaii by seven strokes.

 

Johnson’s bogey at the ninth hole in round four was his first in 50 holes. His only previous blemish came at the par-3 fourth hole in round one (began his round on No. 10).

 

En route to the win this week, Johnson led the field in driving distance (315.3 yards) and greens in regulation (56.72 percent).

 

Since 2008, no one has more rounds of 67 or better at Riviera CC than Dustin Johnson. In 36 rounds played at Riviera, he has played 13 of them at 67 or better. The next nearest player on the list is J.B. Holmes, with nine.

 

With a final-round 71, Johnson’s streak of consecutive sub-70 rounds at the Genesis Open ended at nine, matching the record set by J.B. Holmes (last three rounds of 2009, 2010, first two rounds of 2011)

 

Dustin Johnson 54-hole leads on the PGA TOUR (72-hole events only)*

Tournament                                          54-hole status               Final Round      Finish

2017 Genesis Open                              5 over Bryan                71                    Won (5 over Pieters/Brown)

2016 BMW Championship                     3 over Casey                67                    Won (3 over Casey)

2015 U.S. Open                                    4-way tie                      70                    T2

2014 Tournament of Champions            Tie w/ Simpson/Spieth  73                    T6

2013 WGC-HSBC Champions               5 over Poulter               66                    Won (3 over Poulter)

2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship        2 over three players      71                    2

2010 U.S. Open Championship                          3 over McDowell           82                    T8

2010 AT&T Pebble Beach                     Tie w/ Goydos              74                    Won (1 over Duval/Holmes)

 

*Three of Johnson’s wins when holding a lead/co-lead after 54 holes were a result of the final round being cancelled due to weather and Johnson being declared the winner by virtue of his 54-hole lead; 2013 Tournament of Champions, 2011 The Barclays, 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

 

Johnson, who finished round three late Sunday morning, birdied his last three holes en route to the 64. He turned around 20 minutes later to begin the final round, when he promptly birdied his first two holes, totaling five straight.

 

Johnson’s five-stroke lead after 54 holes marked the largest at the Genesis Open since Steve Stricker led by six strokes in 2010.

 

Johnson becomes only the eighth 54-hole leader of the Genesis Open to convert for the win since 2000. Since 2010, the four to have done so are Steve Stricker (2010), Aaron Baddelely (2011), Bubba Watson (2016) and Dustin Johnson (2017).

 

Johnson becomes the sixth (of 14) 54-hole leader/co-leader to go on to win this season. Jordan Spieth was the most recent at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week.

 

2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 5-3-3-1

 

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 206-164-72-13

 

Johnson’s Statistics By Round:

R1: 8/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 26 putts

R2: 8/14 fairways, 15/18 greens, 29 putts

R3: 6/14 fairways, 15/18 greens, 27 putts

R4: 7/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 32 putts

 

Johnson’s Strokes Gained Summary (week):
Off-the-Tee                                +5.207 (1st)
Approach-the-Green                   +3.268 (2nd)
Around-the-Green                       +0.658 (43rd)
Putting                                       +7.363 (3rd)
Total                                         +16.496 (1st)

 

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