Final-Round Notes – Sunday, March 5, 2017
Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 72. Wind ENE at 6-12 mph.
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):
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-
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.
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|
There were five past champions in the field this week:
Player (year won)
Adam Scott (2016)
Dustin Johnson (2015)
Patrick Reed (2014)
Justin Rose (2012)
Phil Mickelson (2009)
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.
R1: Pat Perez (68), Sergio Garcia (68), Rickie Fowler (69).
R3: Jordan Spieth (63).
R4: Francesco Molinari (66)
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