Dustin Johnson wins WGC Mexico Championship to tighten grip on world No 1 spot as Rory McIlroy falls away
Dustin Johnson underlined his status as world number one by holding off the challenge of a strong European contingent to win the £7.9million WGC-Mexico Championship.
Johnson carded a closing 68 at Chapultepec Golf Club to finish 14 under par and a shot ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who holed from 40 feet on the last to complete a superb 66 and secure the biggest payday of his career.
While Johnson collected the first prize of £1.35million, outright second was worth £850,000 to Fleetwood, more than double the £362,000 he won for victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship in January.
Ross Fisher and Spain’s Jon Rahm shared third place on 12 under, with Fisher firing nine birdies in a closing 65 and Rahm reeling in Johnson in thrilling fashion before costly bogeys on the 16th and 17th.
Johnson only moved to the top of the rankings with victory in the Genesis Open a fortnight ago and became the fifth player to win their first event since becoming number one, following in the footsteps of Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott.
“It means a lot because it’s a tough spot to be in” Johnson said in a post-round interview broadcast on Sky Sports. “There’s a lot of pressure on you and I came out and I played really well.
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