New weekend. Same story. For the third consecutive event he has teed it up in, Dustin Johnson came away with the victory.
Since becoming No. 1 in the world following his win at the Genesis Open, Johnson has not lost a PGA Tour event and that trend was on display at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. The last player to win three tournaments in a row was Rory McIlroy in 2014.
The only difference in Sunday’s matches as opposed to the previous four days was that Johnson actually had to play the 17th and 18th holes in both the morning semi final against Hideto Tanihara and the final against Jon Rahm.
The win gives Johnson a career lam in the World Golf Championships events, having won the HSBC Champions in 2013, the Bridgestone Invitational last summer and the Mexico Championship three weeks ago.
The final match against Rahm got a little more interesting than it started out as Rahm was 5-down after eight holes, but clawed his way back to 1-down with two to play, before dropping the match on the last hole.
“That was a tough day, a long day,” Johnson said. “I’m proud of the way I played and the way I hung in there.”
The win also catapults Johnson to the lead in the FedEx Cup standings as he moves past Hideki Matsuyama for the top spot in the season-long race.
Johnson is also in the field in next week’s Shell Houston Open before heading to Augusta National in two weeks for the Masters.