Dustin Johnson On Fire With Another Win

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    Final-Round Notes – Sunday, March 5, 2017

     

    Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 72. Wind ENE at 6-12 mph.

     

    Final-Round Leaderboard

    1          Dustin Johnson           70-66-66-68—270 (-14)

    2          Tommy Fleetwood      69-70-66-66—271 (-13)

    T3        Ross Fisher                 67-68-72-65—272 (-12)

    T3        Jon Rahm                   67-70-67-68—272 (-12)

    T5        Thomas Pieters           68-69-68-68—273 (-11)

    T5        Justin Thomas            69-66-66-72—273 (-11)

     

    Dustin Johnson, 1st

    In his next start after his victory two weeks ago at the Genesis Open, Dustin Johnson began the final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship one stroke adrift of leader Justin Thomas. While Thomas fell from the leaderboard with four bogeys in the opening nine holes, Johnson made the turn in 4-under 31 to head to the back nine four strokes in front of Thomas Pieters. A pair of bogeys at 12 and 13 let more challengers in before a birdie at No. 15 had him back on track. Three closing pars secured a one-stroke win over Tommy Fleetwood for his second consecutive win on the PGA TOUR and his fourth World Golf Championships win.

     

    The win, his 14th on the PGA TOUR, comes in his 207th TOUR start at the age of 32 years, 8 months, 11 days.

     

    Dustin Johnson’s 14 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

    2017 – World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

     

    With the victory, Johnson collects 550 FedExCup points and moves to No. 3 in the standings with 1,353 points, just 384 behind leader Justin Thomas. It took 454 points to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs in 2016, 633 to qualify for Dell Technologies Championship, 853 for BMW Championship and 1,607 for the TOUR Championship.

     

    Johnson, who won in his last start with a five-stroke victory at the Genesis Open, joins Tiger Woods (18) as the only player with four or more World Golf Championships victories. Johnson’s WGC victories came at the HSBC Champions (2013), the Mexico Championship (2015), the Bridgestone Invitational (2016) and the Mexico Championship (2017).

     

    Johnson earns 1,100 points towards making the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team and extends his lead at the top of the list with 7,027 points.

     

    Johnson (2) joins Justin Thomas (3) and Hideki Matsuyama (2) as multiple winners on the PGA TOUR this season.

     

    Johnson becomes the first player to win in consecutive starts on the PGA TOUR since Justin Thomas claimed the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii in back-to-back weeks earlier this season.

     

    Johnson becomes the fifth player, and first since Adam Scott in 2014, to win his first PGA TOUR start as the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    1991 Ian Woosnam                Masters Tournament

    1999 David Duval                   BellSouth Classic

    2004 Vijay Singh                    RBC Canadian Open

    2014 Adam Scott                    DEAN & DELUCA Invitational

    2017 Dustin Johnson              World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

     

    Johnson (14/2008-present) has at least one win in each of his first ten seasons on the PGA TOUR (the best current streak) and joins Arnold Palmer (17/1955-1971), Jack Nicklaus (17/1962-1978) and Tiger Woods (14/1996-2009) as the only players since 1960 to achieve this feat.

     

    Last season, Johnson claimed the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as PGA TOUR Player of the Year. He also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185).

     

    Johnson has four top-10 finishes in Mexico Championship tournament history – 2nd/2011, T4/2014, 1st/2015 and 1st/2017.

     

    2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 6-5-4-2

     

    PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 207-165-73-14

     

    Johnson’s Statistics By Round:

    R1: 10/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 30 putts

    R2: 9/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, 27 putts

    R3: 8/14 fairways, 14/18 greens, 27 putts

    R4: 6/14 fairways, 12/18 greens, 27 putts

     

    Johnson’s Strokes Gained Summary (week):
    Off-the-Tee                               +1.130 (27th)
    Approach-the-Green                 +8.729 (1st)
    Around-the-Green                     +2.730 (8th)
    Putting                                      +1.608 (21st)
    Total                                         +14.197 (1st)

     

    Full name: Dustin Hunter Johnson

    Height: 6-4     Weight: 190

    Birthday: June 22, 1984

    Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

    Residence: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Family: Son; Tatum (1/19/15)

    Turned professional: 2007

     

    Tommy Fleetwood, 2nd

    England’s Tommy Fleetwood stormed home in 4-under on the back nine, including a birdie at the 18th when he holed a putt from 39 feet, to shoot 5-under 66 and finish runner-up.

     

    The back nine at Club de Golf Chapultepec was a happy hunting ground for Fleetwood this week. His 9-under total over that stretch of holes for the week included just one bogey, coming at the par-3 13th hole in the opening round.

     

    The four-time European Tour winner claimed his most recent title earlier this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

     

    This week’s performance is Fleetwood’s best showing on the PGA TOUR. His previous-best finish in 13 career starts on the PGA TOUR came at the 2015 Dell Technologies Match Play (T5) when he lost to countryman Danny Willett in the quarterfinals.

     

    With his runner-up finish, Fleetwood collects 315 non-member FedExCup points, and needs an additional 4 points to match the points earned by the player at No. 150 in last season’s FedExCup standings (319 by Greg Owen) to become eligible for Special Temporary Membership to the PGA TOUR.

     

    The $1,045,000 runner-up check is the largest of his career.

     

    Ross Fisher, T3

    England’s Ross Fisher, one of six first-round leaders, fired a final-round 65, which included nine birdies, and three-in-a-row to finish his round. The T3 result is his sixth top-10 in 63 career starts on the PGA TOUR. It also matches his best finish on the PGA TOUR (T3/2015 WGC-HSBC Champions).

     

    Fisher is making his 15th start in a World Golf Championships event. In the 2009 Dell Technologies Match Play, Fisher advanced to the semifinals where he was beaten by fellow countryman Paul Casey 2 and 1 before falling in the consolation match to Stewart Cink 1-up. In stroke play, his previous-best finish is a T3 at the 2015 HSBC Champions.

     

    Fisher owns five wins on the European Tour (2007 KLM Open, 2008 European Open, 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship, 2010 3 Irish Open, 2014 Tshwane Open).

     

    Fisher entered the week at No. 72 in the Official World Golf Ranking and advanced to No. 55. He’s now in good position to make the field for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in three weeks where the top 64 available players will compete.

     

    Fisher put a new putter in the bag this week and it paid off on Sunday with 25 putts required in the final round, his best of the week with more than 120 feet of putts holed.

     

    Jon Rahm, T3

    Jon Rahm reached 14-under and owned the solo lead for a short time after beginning the back nine par-eagle-par-par-birdie-birdie, but he missed a 7-foot putt at No. 16 to make bogey and did the same with an 8-footer at the 17th to fall two strokes behind Dustin Johnson. With a par on the last, Rahm finished T3 in his first World Golf Championships event.

     

    Rahm was one of six players making their World Golf Championships debut this week. The 22-year-old Spaniard was No. 137 in the Official World Ranking before winning the Farmers Insurance Open to advance to No. 46. Two more strong performances (T16/Waste Management Phoenix Open, T5/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) moved him to No. 37 helping secure his position inside the top 50 and earn a spot in the field at the Mexico Championship.

     

    In his fifth start of his rookie season, Rahm carded a 65 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to win his first career PGA TOUR title by three shots. The win was capped by a lengthy eagle putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th hole.

     

    Rahm is making his 20th PGA TOUR start and owns seven top-10 finishes, including a win (2017 Farmers Insurance Open), a runner-up finish (2016 RBC Canadian Open) and two third-place results (2016 Quicken Loans National, 2017 WGC-Mexico Champions).

     

    At the age of 22 years, 3 months, 23 days, Rahm was seeking to become the 12th winner in his 20s in 16 events on TOUR this season.

     

    Rahm earns 170 FedExCup points, advancing from No. 8 to No. 6 in the FedExCup standings.

     

    Rahm was seeking to become the sixth international winner of the Mexico Championship. He would have joined Australians Adam Scott (2016) and Geoff Ogilvy (2008), Canadian Mike Weir (2000), South African Ernie Els (2004, 2010) and Englishman Justin Rose (2012) as international winners of the Mexico Championship. It’s worth noting each of these five international winners have captured major championships.

     

    With his second-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open last July, Rahm surpassed the points earned by the player at No. 150 in the previous season’s FedExCup standings (361 by Cameron Percy), and gained Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR for the 2015-16 season. In his pro debut at the Quicken Loans National, Rahm finished T3, four behind Billy Hurley III.

     

    Rahm is one of nine players to make their way to the PGA TOUR directly out of college. Other notables included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.

     

    Rahm, an Arizona State University product, became the first player to win the Ben Hogan Award twice, which is awarded to the best player in collegiate golf. The Spaniard was the only amateur to make the cut at last season’s U.S. Open at Oakmont (T23).

     

    At the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Rahm’s T5 finish made him the first amateur to finish in the top five of a PGA TOUR event since Chris Wood at the 2008 Open Championship (5th).

     

    Thomas Pieters, T5

    Belgium’s Thomas Pieters earned his best finish in a World Golf Championships event with his T5 finish at the Mexico Championship. In three previous WGC starts his best showing was T14 at this season’s HSBC Champions.

     

    Pieters, with rounds of 68-69-68-68, was the only player in the field with four sub-70 rounds at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

     

    Pieters, a former University of Illinois standout, is a three-time winner on the European Tour (2015 D+D Real Czech Masters, 2015 KLM Open, 2016 Made in Denmark).

     

    Pieters began the week with 306 non-member FedExCup points, and his T5 finish earned 110 FedExCup points, taking his total to 416. Since Pieters surpassed the points earned by the player at No. 150 in last season’s FedExCup standings (319 by Greg Owen), he is now eligible for Special Temporary Membership to the PGA TOUR.

     

    Pieters was making his ninth career start on the PGA TOUR and has missed just one cut, at The Honda Classic last week. A week earlier he posted a T2 at the Genesis Open for his first top-10 showing on the PGA TOUR.

     

    Pieters, 25, was selected by Darren Clarke to compete on last year’s Ryder Cup team, where his 4-1 in his five matches became the best record by a European rookie in Ryder Cup history.

     

    Justin Thomas, T5

    Already a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR in the 2016-2017 season, Justin Thomas was seeking his fourth after entering the final round one stroke ahead of Dustin Johnson. However, his 1-over 72, just his fourth over-par round in 35 rounds this season, dropped him to T5 and three back of winner Dustin Johnson.

     

    Thomas holed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to take a slim lead in the FedExCup standings. Starting the week, Thomas was 70 points back of leader Hideki Matsuyama (T25) in second place in the FedExCup standings. With 110 points for Thomas this week, and Matsuyama earning 39 points, Thomas leads by just one point with 1,737 points.

     

    A victory for Thomas would have been his fourth win in nine starts this season. In 1999, David Duval won his fourth title in his eighth start of the season.

     

    Thomas’ first win of the season came as he defended the CIMB Classic title he claimed in 2015 in Malaysia. He added the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to his resume before winning the following week at the Sony Open in Hawaii after opening the tournament with an 11-under 59 at the par-70 Waialae CC.

     

    Thomas was T35 at last year’s Mexico Championship, his only previous appearance in this event. This is Thomas’ sixth start in a World Golf Championships event with a T23 at this season’s HSBC Champions his previous-best showing.

     

    Miscellaneous Notes

    Phil Mickelson bogeyed his opening hole and was never able to mount a challenge, eventually finishing T7. At 46 years, 8 months, 17 days, Mickelson was seeking to become the oldest winner of a World Golf Championships event. Vijay Singh was 45 years, 5 months, 12 days when he won the 2008 Bridgestone Invitational. Ernie Els, aged 40 years, 4 months, 25 days in 2010, is the oldest winner of the Mexico Championship.

     

    Jordan Spieth (T12) had four hole-outs from off the green this week, the most this week. The number of hole-outs by the 77 players in the field at the Mexico Championship was 77, surpassing the previous season-best 69 at the Genesis Open. The PGA TOUR record is 103 hole-outs at the 2010 RBC Heritage (since 2003 Shotlink era).

     

    After a first-round 75, Brandt Snedeker posted 68-66-65 to finish T7, his third top-10 finish in his last four starts (T9/Farmers Insurance Open, 4th/AT&T Pebble Beach, MC/Genesis Open). His 66-65 weekend are Snedeker’s best performance on a weekend since shooting 64-64 at the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.

     

    Kevin Kisner (11th) made 432’ 4” of putts, the best of any player this week.

     

    Lee Westwood (T28), who started the final round just three strokes off the lead, posted a 7-over 78 which included four double bogeys. It marked Westwood’s highest round on the PGA TOUR since an 80 in the final round of last year’s U.S. Open.

     

    Mexico’s Roberto Diaz finished T67. Diaz, the only player representing Mexico this week, secured his exemption into the Mexico Championship by finishing as the top-ranked Mexican player in the world (No. 472) at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour’s Panama Claro Championship.

     

    The last ten winners of the Mexico Championship have been inside the top-20 of the Official World Golf Ranking immediately following their victory. Here’s a look at where the last nine winners of the Mexico Championship winners stood in relation to the Official World Golf Ranking.

     

    Year Player OWGR before win OWGR after win  
    2017 Dustin Johnson 1 1  
    2016 Adam Scott 9 6  
    2015 Dustin Johnson 16 7  
    2014 Patrick Reed 44 20  
    2013 Tiger Woods 2 2  
    2012 Justin Rose 22 7  
    2011 Nick Watney 31 15  
    2010 Ernie Els 20 8  
    2009 Phil Mickelson 3 2  
    2008 Geoff Ogilvy 17 10  

     

    There were five past champions in the field this week:

     

    Player (year won)                                                   R4 Standing

    Adam Scott (2016)                                                   T45

    Dustin Johnson (2015)                                            1st

    Patrick Reed (2014)                                                T61

    Justin Rose (2012)                                                  T38                           

    Phil Mickelson (2009)                                              T7

     

    Twenty-two countries were represented at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship this week with the United States leading the way with 27 players in the field. England is represented by 10 players with Australia and South Africa each having five players competing.

     

    There were 14 players making their first start in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship: Sam Brazel, Kevin Chappell, Roberto Diaz, Matthew Griffin, Tyrrell Hatton, Mackenzie Hughes, Si Woo Kim, William McGirt, Thomas Pieters, Jon Rahm, Brendan Steele, Brandon Stone, Jeunghun Wang and Fabrizio Zanotti.

     

    Of the 14 first-timers, six players made their World Golf Championships debut this week: Sam Brazel, Roberto Diaz, Matthew Griffin, Mackenzie Hughes, Jon Rahm and Brandon Stone.

     

    The World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is now the second PGA TOUR event staged in Mexico during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. Pat Perez won the 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November for his second PGA TOUR victory. Perez is in the field this week in Mexico City by virtue of being inside the top 10 in the FedExCup standings through last week’s The Honda Classic. Perez shot a final-round 71 to finish T38.

     

    Bogey-free rounds:

    R1: Pat Perez (68), Sergio Garcia (68), Rickie Fowler (69).

    R2: None

    R3: Jordan Spieth (63).

    R4: Francesco Molinari (66)

     

    Scoring Average

    Front 9         Back 9             Total             Cumulative

    R1          35.618          36.026             71.645                                                   –

    R2          35.526          35.316             70.842          71.243

    R3          35.145          35.434             70.579          71.022

    R4          35.579          35.553             71.132          71.049

     

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