WGC-Mexico Championship - R4

Johnson cruises to sixth WGC title in Mexico

Johnson cruises to sixth WGC title in Mexico, © Getty Images
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February 21-24
Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico
$10,250,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Dustin Johnson won his second European Tour title of the season as he cruised to a stunning five shot victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

“This is a big one for me and it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. I feel like the game’s in good form right now.”

The American is the only player to have won all four World Golf Championships events and he took his tally to six at Chapultepec Golf Club with a third triumph in this event.

He began the final day with a four shot lead and while Rory McIlroy cut that gap to two in the early stages, Johnson recovered from just a second blemish of the week to sign for a 66 and finish at 21 under.

“It’s been a little bit since I’ve been in the lead with this kind of field and this calibre of players. I know Rory’s playing really well, he was not too far behind me, so I definitely felt some nerves there at the beginning of the day.

“I made some really good par saves early in the round on the front nine and that kind of gave me the momentum. I knew I was still swinging it well, I just had to give myself some chances and turned it on on the back nine. Me and Rory both played a really good back nine.”

Johnson has now won in consecutive starts on the European Tour after his victory at the Saudi International powered by SBIA and will move up to second in the Official World Golf Ranking.

McIlroy put on an excellent show of his own, making six birdies on the back nine in a 67, but still had to settle for a sixth runner-up finish since his last European Tour win at the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

“It was good. Some weeks you play well and someone just plays better and that’s what DJ did this week. When DJ has got a four shot lead and goes out and shoots five under par, he’s not going to lose.

“My game is right there, I’m really happy with everything. I’ve just got to stay patient, look at the positives and just keep persisting, putting myself in positions and sooner or later it’ll go my way.”


Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and English pair Paul Casey and Ian Poulter were then ten shots off the lead in a distant tie for third, one clear of American Patrick Cantlay, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Australian Cameron Smith.

“My game feels really good,” said Casey. “I was very happy with the up and down, obviously. There was a lot of world ranking points, FedEx points. This is obviously a co-sanctioned, as European Tour Race to Dubai points. I mean, it’s everything.

“It was a big deal and playing a limited schedule between both tours, it’s important I capitalise events like this. I want to be kind of in the thick of things and maybe with a chance to win a Race to Dubai as well, that would be really fun. So, big stuff. Game’s good, looking forward to it.”

American Justin Thomas matched his own course record with a 62 to finish at nine under, a shot clear of Dutchman Joost Luiten, who finished his week with an impressive 64.

Keegan Bradley, Alfred Dunhill Championship winner David Lipsky and 14 time Major Champion Tiger Woods were also 13 shots off the lead.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
USA
-21
64
67
66
66
263
2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-16
63
70
68
67
268
T3
Paul Casey
ENG
-11
71
72
65
65
273
T3
Ian Poulter
ENG
-11
68
68
69
68
273
T3
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-11
68
69
68
68
273
T6
Cameron Smith
AUS
-10
69
67
68
70
274
T6
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-10
72
67
65
70
274
T6
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
69
66
69
70
274
9
Justin Thomas
USA
-9
66
73
74
62
275
T10
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
71
67
74
64
276
T10
Keegan Bradley
USA
-8
69
73
69
65
276
T10
Tiger Woods
USA
-8
71
66
70
69
276
T10
David Lipsky
USA
-8
68
71
68
69
276
T14
Charles Howell III
USA
-7
69
68
73
67
277
T14
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
69
73
66
69
277
T14
Patrick Reed
USA
-7
72
68
64
73
277
T17
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
71
71
67
69
278
T17
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-6
71
67
70
70
278
T19
Haotong Li
CHN
-5
69
72
71
67
279
T19
Aaron Wise
USA
-5
73
68
71
67
279
T19
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
76
69
66
68
279
T19
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
67
70
72
70
279
T19
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-5
72
70
67
70
279
T19
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
70
65
72
72
279
T25
Tony Finau
USA
-4
73
69
69
69
280
T25
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-4
72
66
69
73
280
T27
Brooks Koepka
USA
-3
73
70
69
69
281
T27
Bubba Watson
USA
-3
70
75
66
70
281
T27
Patton Kizzire
USA
-3
69
73
70
69
281
T27
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
72
71
68
70
281
T27
Danny Willett
ENG
-3
71
69
70
71
281
T27
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
73
67
70
71
281
T33
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
71
71
69
71
282
T33
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
74
71
70
67
282
T33
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
73
71
65
73
282
T36
Kevin Na
USA
-1
72
75
66
70
283
T36
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
71
73
68
71
283
T36
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
72
68
74
69
283
T39
Shugo Imahira
JPN
Par
73
67
73
71
284
T39
Webb Simpson
USA
Par
73
72
68
71
284
T39
Abraham Ancer
USA
Par
71
72
71
70
284
T39
Russell Knox
SCO
Par
72
72
70
70
284
T39
Phil Mickelson
USA
Par
79
65
72
68
284
T39
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
75
70
72
67
284
T45
Billy Horschel
USA
1
68
76
70
71
285
T45
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
72
74
68
71
285
T45
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
1
77
74
64
70
285
T45
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
70
69
76
70
285
T45
Jon Rahm
ESP
1
72
72
72
69
285
50
Matt Kuchar
USA
2
66
67
79
74
286
T51
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
69
68
74
76
287
T51
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
70
74
71
72
287
T51
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
3
75
72
76
64
287
T54
Henrik Stenson
SWE
4
72
73
71
72
288
T54
Jordan Spieth
USA
4
75
69
75
69
288
T56
George Coetzee
RSA
6
67
74
74
75
290
T56
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
6
75
73
73
69
290
T58
Kyle Stanley
USA
7
73
72
72
74
291
T58
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
7
76
73
69
73
291
T60
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
8
70
77
70
75
292
T60
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
8
77
74
71
70
292
T62
Shane Lowry
IRL
9
70
76
72
75
293
T62
Alexander Noren
SWE
9
71
74
74
74
293
T62
Marc Leishman
AUS
9
77
75
69
72
293
T65
Chez Reavie
USA
10
75
76
72
71
294
T65
Tom Lewis
ENG
10
74
73
77
70
294
T67
Ryan Fox
NZL
11
72
72
75
76
295
T67
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
11
77
70
73
75
295
69
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
13
76
76
72
73
297
70
Matthew Millar
AUS
17
74
82
74
71
301
71
Shaun Norris
RSA
20
79
80
73
72
304
RET
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
80
79
68
227