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Dustin Johnson validates #1 ranking-wins WGC Mexico Championship

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If anyone doubted Dustin Johnson’s current standing at the top of golf, he silenced them with his play this weekend just outside of Mexico City capturing yet another big win.

Johnson followed his February victory at the Genesis Open, which put him in the top spot of the Official World Golf Ranking, with a one shot win at the inaugural WGC Mexico Championship Sunday.

Johnson, and Jon Rahm, who won himself at Torrey Pines earlier this year on the PGA Tour, jockeyed for the win coming down the final few holes before DJ took the lead on the 16th, when Rahm bogeyed and held on to win by one. He finished with a five birdie-two bogey 68 to get to -14 and defeat England’s Tommy Fleetwood at -13 who shot a final round 66.

“This was a great win,” Johnson said on espn.com. “The first round I struggled a little on the greens, but I was really hitting the ball well. I didn’t feel like I putted the ball bad. I just hit it really well and hung in there.”

Rahm actually made two bogeys coming in and finished at -12 tied with Ross Fisher for third.

The leader board also featured Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas, but none of those three could make a move with Phil and Rory shooting even on Sunday and Thomas +1 over.

Thomas wound up in a tie for fifth, good enough to move ahead of Hideki Matsuyama for the lead in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.

Back to Dustin Johnson, he adds the Sunday win to his other WGC win at the Bridgestone last August and coupled with his U.S. Open and PGA Tour Playoff victories last season, he’s clearly one of the two or three premier players right now in all of golf.

Johnson became the first player to win his first event after becoming No. 1 since Adam Scott at Colonial in 2014.

According to ESPN, Johnson will take the next two weeks off before returning to action at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas.

 

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