Dustin Johnson became the first man to win all four WGC events in his career, defeating Spain’s Jon Rahm in the final on Sunday, his third straight win.
All in a week’s work for the No. 1 player in the world.
“Pretty awesome,” said Johnson. “Definitely kind of cool to be the first one to win all four. These are the biggest events besides the majors, with the best golfers in the world.”
Johnson looked like he might make it home for an early dinner when he blasted his way to a 5-hole lead through eight holes, only to see Rahm cut the lead to one as Johnson slipped with a pair of bogeys while Rahm birdied three of the next four holes. Johnson kept his one-stroke lead heading to the 18th and the two men recorded the same score there to give him the championship over the feisty Spaniard.
“Once I collected myself after that tee shot on 9, things went a little easier,” Rahm said. “I was just waiting for Dustin to make a couple of mistakes. Luckily for me, he did, which he doesn’t usually do, and I was able to take advantage of that. And my confidence and my emotions came back to normal.”
While Johnson and Rahm was the closing match, the wild card of the whole weekend was Japan’s Hideto Tanihara. The 38-year-old started the week by knocking off Jordan Spieth, pushed Johnson to 18 holes in the semifinals, and aced the par-3, 207-yard No. 8 in his match with Bill Haas. Not bad for a 38-year-old.