DJ's star once again shines brightest at WGC

MEXICO CITY – So begins the age of DJ.

That would be the preferred hot take following the broad-shouldered bomber’s second victory in as many starts to become just the sixth player to win in his first event after taking over the top spot in the world rankings.

Dustin Johnson, the man who looks like he was made in a laboratory to play golf, overcame a quirky-cool golf course, inconsistent greens and the year’s deepest field to win his 14th PGA Tourtitle on Sunday at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Simply stated, he was better. Better than anyone with his iron play (first in proximity to the hole), better than all but four players in greens hit, better than all but three in driving distance, not that his length has ever been a surprise.

His only blind spot, relatively speaking, was the “goalie” guarding every hole for the better part of 2 1/2 days, which was DJ’s unique way of saying that putts that could have gone in and should have gone in, simply, had not.

But that wasn’t a problem on Sunday as he began the day in the final group, a stroke behind Justin Thomas. There was a 15-footer at the second, 5 1/2-footer at No. 6, 29-footer at the eighth and 8-footer at No. 9 – all for birdie.

Just around siesta time in Mexico City, Johnson made the turn with a four-stroke advantage, his second victory of the season and place atop the world order all but assured.

That he stumbled bringing this title to the house only adds to the style points, with Johnson losing his four-stroke advantage in four holes to Jon Rahm. But he prevailed with a late birdie at the 15thhole to reclaim the lead and a clutch par at the last to keep it, which is what truly great players do.

“Starting the beginning of last year my game really has felt solid and it hasn't really let up any,” said Johnson, whose lead in the Official Golf World Ranking has now been extended to a decisive 2.36 points advantage. “I've got a lot of confidence in the game. I feel like I'm controlling my ball very well and I feel like my driver is a little straighter, which if I can drive it straight I'm going to play well every week.”

Johnson’s current run has been impressive – dominant, even. But like most hot takes, the view from 30,000 feet often provides a skewed perspective.

With a monsoon of respect, giving DJ the keys to the kingdom before the season’s first major would ignore so much.


Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 06 Mar 2017 09:37:25

 



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