Dustin Johnson Cinches Genesis Open Title
Looking quite like Tiger Woods in his prime, Dustin Johnson cruised to a 5-stroke victory at the Genesis Open on Sunday by shooting a final-round 71.
By shooting 66-66-64 in his first three rounds, Johnson guaranteed it would take an epic collapse coupled with a record-breaking round for him to fall short.
So even though Belgium’s Thomas Pieters fired a 63 on Sunday, he got no closer than five shots. Johnson was 3-under through nine holes, all but sealing the win even as he bogeyed three holes over the past 10.
The victory took Johnson to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings, moving him ahead of Jason Day who had held the position for just shy of a year.
Pieters and Scott Brown tied for second.
Johnson won just one day after announcing he and fiance Paulina Gretzky are pregnant with their second child. It’s Johnson’s 13th PGA Tour title, fifth inside the last two calendar years.