Dustin Johnson becomes the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events

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Dustin Johnson

Weather

Sunday: Cloudy with a high of 87. S wind at 15-25 mph with gusts to 28 mph at times.

 

Format

Following the group format, the Round of 16 became single elimination, followed by the Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The Semifinals on Sunday morning were followed by the Championship Match and Consolation Match on Sunday afternoon.

 

Comparison of Finalists for the Week

Dustin Johnson                                  Holes                                                  Jon Rahm

112                                                      Played                                                 108

105                                                      Led after                                             64

7                                                          All Square                                           24

0                                                          Trailed                                                18

46                                                        Won                                                    42

23                                                        Lost                                                     16

 

FedExCup

Hideki Matsuyama, eliminated Friday after Group Play, came into the event leading the FedExCup with 1,746 points. With victory at the Dell Technologies Match Play, Dustin Johnson earned 550 FedExCup points and moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings with 1,903 points. Rahm collected 315 points and moved from No. 7 to No. 4. Here are the current FedExCup standings;

Player                                                 Standing                             Points

Dustin Johnson                                  1                                           1,903

Hideki Matsuyama                            2                                           1,753

Justin Thomas                                    3                                           1,751

Jon Rahm                                           4                                           1,256

Adam Hadwin                                    5                                           1,140

 

Here’s a look at the final FedExCup positions of past champions at the Dell Technologies Match Play;

Year       DTMP winner                     FEC finish

2017      Dustin Johnson                   1st (current)

2016      Jason Day                            6th

2015      Rory McIlroy                       15th

2014      Jason Day                            10th

2013      Matt Kuchar                        6th

2012      Hunter Mahan                    19th

2011      Luke Donald                        3rd

 

Championship Match (112) – Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm, 1 up

With solid play over the first eight holes, Dustin Johnson also capitalized on errors by Jon Rahm to surge to a 5-up led through eight holes. Rahm fought back, winning the 9th and 10th, before losing the 12th to a Johnson birdie, with Johnson leading 4 up. Rahm began a charge by driving the green at the 293-yard 13th and 2-putting to win the hole. The pair halved No. 14 with pars. Rahm birdied No. 15 after stuffing his approach to three feet. He also won the 16th with a birdie from 32 feet. The duo halved No. 17 with pars to head to the final hole with Johnson 1 up. Rahm, with the honor, hit a tee shot that traveled 382 yards and finished over the green. Johnson was on the front apron in two shots, 22 feet from the hole when Rahm, disturbed by a slamming door nearby, hit a poor chip to 36 feet. Rahm’s birdie putt traveled six feet past. Johnson lagged to three feet. After Rahm holed his par putt, Johnson made his putt for the title.

 

Johnson’s path to the Championship Final

RD. 1 — Johnson defeated Webb Simpson, 5 and 3

RD. 2 – Johnson defeated Martin Kaymer, 3 and 2

RD. 3 – Johnson defeated Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3

RD. of 16 – Johnson defeated Zach Johnson, 5 and 4

QF. – Johnson defeated Alex Noren, 3 and 2

SF. – Johnson defeated Tanihara, 1 up

Final – Johnson defeated Rahm, 1 up

 

Johnson wins his 15th tournament on the PGA TOUR in his 208th career start at the age of 32 years, 9 months, 4 days.

 

Dustin Johnson’s 15 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, World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

 

Johnson, who won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship for the second time in his career earlier this month, becomes the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events, with the 2017 Dell Technologies Match Play title completing the ‘WGC Slam’. Johnson’s WGC victories came at the HSBC Champions (2013), the Mexico Championship (2015), the Bridgestone Invitational (2016) and the Mexico Championship (2017).

 

In the Championship Match, Johnson’s string of winning the opening hole expired when he halved the first hole with Rahm with a par. He was 6 of 7 in winning the starting hole this week, five times with a birdie.

 

Johnson played 112 holes this week and never trailed at any stage.

 

Johnson, who started his Dell Technologies Match Play career just 2-6 between 2009-2014, is 12-3 since that time including a 7-0 record this week.

 

The Dell Technologies Match Play is Johnson’s third win in consecutive starts on the PGA TOUR following victories at the Genesis Open and World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship this year. The last player to win three consecutive starts was Rory McIlroy in 2014 (The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship).

 

Johnson (5) and Tiger Woods (18) are the only players with four or more World Golf Championships victories. Although Woods has 18 victories, he failed to collect the HSBC Champions trophy, where he finished T6 in 2009 and 2010 in his only two appearances.

 

The victory for Johnson in the Dell Technologies Match Play marks consecutive World Golf Championships wins following his Mexico Championship title. Tiger Woods was the last player to win consecutive WGC titles (2013 Mexico Championship, 2013 Bridgestone Invitational). Incidentally, Woods was the last player to win three WGC titles in a row (2007 Mexico Championship, 2007 Bridgestone Invitational, 2008 Dell Technologies Match Play).

 

Johnson is the first American to win the Dell Technologies Match Play since Matt Kuchar in 2013.

 

Johnson joins Rory McIlroy (2015) and Tiger Woods as the third player to win the Dell Technologies Match Play as a No. 1 seed. Woods won the tournament three times (2008, 2004 and 2003) as the No. 1 seed.

 

Johnson moves to No. 1 in the PGA TOUR Money List with $5,346,600.

 

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

 

Johnson (15/2008-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) and finished No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.

 

Johnson has a 4-3-0 overall record in two Ryder Cup appearances but has won both singles matches. In two Presidents Cup appearances, his record is 4-4-1 with one singles victory. Johnson is No. 1 in the current standings for the 2017 Presidents Cup U.S. Team with 8,127 points.

 

2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 7-6-5-3

 

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 208-166-74-15

 

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

 

Rahm’s path to the Championship Final

RD. 1 – Rahm defeated Kevin Chappell, 3 and 2

RD. 2 – Rahm defeated Shane Lowry, 2 and 1

RD. 3 – Rahm defeated Sergio Garcia, 6 and 4

RD. of 16 – Rahm defeated Charles Howell III, 6 and 4

QF. – Rahm defeated Soren Kjeldsen, 7 and 5

SF. – Rahm defeated Haas, 3 and 2

Final – Rahm lost to Johnson, 1 up

 

At 22 years, 4 months and 17 days, Rahm was seeking to become the youngest winner in the history of the World Golf Championships, besting Patrick Reed, who won the Mexico Championship at 23 years, 7 months and 4 days. Rory McIlroy is the youngest winner in tournament history having won in 2015 at 25 years, 11 months and 25 days.

 

With a victory, Rahm would have become the youngest player since Jordan Spieth with two wins in the same season. Spieth was 21 years, 8 months, 16 days when he won the 2015 Masters following his Valspar Championship title a month earlier. Rahm earned his first win at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this season to be the youngest winner on TOUR this season.

 

This is Rahm’s second appearance in a World Golf Championships event, having finished T3 at the Mexico Championship, won by Dustin Johnson earlier this month.

 

Rahm was seeking his second PGA TOUR victory in his 21st career start (16th as a professional). By comparison, Tiger Woods also claimed his second PGA TOUR title (1996 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic) in his 21st career start, but seventh as a professional. Rahm claimed his first win on TOUR in just his 17th start when he won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.

 

Of the nine players making their Dell Technologies Match Play debut, only Rahm advanced to the Championship Final. Geoff Ogilvy is the only player to win this event in his first appearance, in 2006.

 

Rahm became the first player from Spain to reach the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play. Last year, Rafa Cabrera Bello lost (4 and 2) to Louis Oosthuizen in the semifinal and went on to win the Consolation Match with a 3 and 2 victory over Rory McIlroy. In 2010, Sergio Garcia finished 4th after losing the Consolation Match to Camilo Villegas (5and 4).

 

Rahm began the week at No. 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking and moved to No. 14 with the runner-up finish.

 

Rahm’s 7 and 5 victory over Kjeldsen in R5 matches the largest winning margin this week. Daniel Berger also won 7 and 5, over J.B. Holmes in the opening round.

 

Consolation Match (111) – Bill Haas defeated Hideto Tanihara, 2 and 1

Hideto Tanihara began the match with five consecutive pars to be all square with Bill Haas before holing an 8-iron for an ace at No.7. Two additional pars saw him make the turn 2 up.  Haas won both 10 and 11 to get back to all square before conceding the par-5 12th hole to Tanihara, who had launched his second shot from 250 yards to within six feet of the hole.  Haas won both the 13th and 14th holes to retake the lead at 1 up and closed the match out with a 2 and 1 victory when Tanihara 3-putted No. 17 to lose the hole.

 

Haas’ path to the Consolation Match

RD. 1 – Haas lost to Russell Knox, 3 and 2

RD. 2 – Haas defeated Danny Willett, 6 and 5

RD. 3 –  Haas defeated K.T. Kim, 4 and 2

*Haas defeated K.T. Kim on the 6th playoff hole to advance

RD. of 16 – Haas defeated Kevin Na, 1-up

QF. – Haas defeated Phil Mickelson, 2 and 1

SF. – Haas lost to Rahm, 3 and 2

Consolation – Haas defeated Tanihara, 2 and 1

 

Haas now owns a 12-7-0 record in seven starts at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

 

Haas earned his best finish in a World Golf Championships with his third-place finish. Haas’ previous-best finish in a World Golf Championships was T4 at the 2016 HSBC Champions.

 

The last American winner of the Consolation Match was Rickie Fowler in 2014 when he defeated Ernie Els in 19 holes.

 

Haas was nearly eliminated from the event by K.T. Kim during the second playoff hole to advance from the group stage. After hitting his approach into the hazard, Haas holed a pitch from 40 yards to par the hole to continue the playoff which he would eventually win on the 6th extra hole.

 

Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion, made the winning putt for the U.S. Presidents Cup team in the 2015 event in Korea with his father, Jay, serving as captain. He moved from No. 20 to No. 14 in the U.S. standings for this year’s event.

 

Haas was the most recent son of a PGA TOUR winner to win a TOUR event when he was victorious at the 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge.

 

Haas has yet to miss a cut in eight previous events this season with 6 top-20 finishes.

 

Tanihara’s path to the Consolation Match

RD. 1 — Tanihara defeated Jordan Spieth 4 and 2

RD. 2 –  Tanihara halved with Ryan Moore, halved

RD. 3 –  Tanihara defeated Yuta Ikeda, 3 and 1

RD. of 16 – Tanihara defeated Paul Casey, 2 and 1

QF. – Tanihara defeated Ross Fisher, 4 and 2

SF. – Tanihara lost to Johnson, 1 up

Consolation – Tanihara lost to Haas, 2 and 1

 

Tanihara earned his best PGA TOUR finish with his fourth this week. He now owns three top-10 finishes in 44 career starts on TOUR, along with a T5 at The Open in 2006 and a T8 at the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii.

 

Although this was Tanihara’s first appearance in the Dell Technologies Match Play, he had competed in three previous World Golf Championships. In 2007, he finished 70th in the Mexico Championship and was T32 in the same event earlier this month. Late last year he posted a T54 result at the HSBC Champions.

 

Tanihara’s record in the Dell Technologies Match Play is 4-2-1 in seven matches this week.

 

Tanihara generated perhaps the loudest cheer on the course when he aced the 202-yard, par-3, 7th hole using an 8-iron to win the hole after Haas had hit his tee shot to 21 feet. It was Tanihara’s second career ace in competition, the first coming in the Visa Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Golf Tour early in his career. The ace was the fourth hole-in-one in tournament history and 14th on TOUR this season.

 

Tanihara is ranked 13th in the International Team Presidents Cup standings as he looks to make the team for the first time in his career. With a loss in the Consolation Match, he improved one position, from 13th to 12th.

 

Tanihara and Jon Rahm were the only first-timers who advanced to the semifinals at the Dell Technologies Match Play this year.

 

Tanihara joined Toru Taniguchi as the only players from Asia to reach the semifinals in the history of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. In 2001, Taniguchi defeated fellow Japanese player Shigeki Maruyama in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals where he lost to Steve Stricker (2 and 1). Taniguchi went on to win the Consolation Match for third place with a 4 and 3 win over Ernie Els.

 

The 38-year-old has 14 international victories and was seeking to join his countryman Hideki Matsuyama as the only player from Asia to win a World Golf Championships event. Matsuyama won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last November.

 

In round one, Tanihara, who has won three times on the Japan Golf Tour in the last year, defeated Austin favorite Jordan Spieth, 4 and 2.

 

Tanihara began this week No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking. By advancing to the semifinals this week, Tanihara is projected to move comfortably inside the top-50 and earn a spot in the Masters Tournament in two weeks.

 

 

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