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Posted February 25, 2019 in "Watts" In The Bag by Trevor Cigich
Article by Staff and Wire Reports of Global Golf Post – Among the many gifts in Dustin Johnson’s golf game is the ability to make what he’s doing look as easy as an afternoon nap.
For the second time in three years, Johnson won the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec, stripping away any drama as he ran away to a five-stroke victory ahead of Rory McIlroy and finished 10 strokes ahead of three players in third place.
It was both memorable and meaningful for Johnson.
The win was the 20th of his PGA Tour career earning a lifetime exemption on tour. He joined Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Doug Sanders and Johnny Revolta with 20 victories.
“It means a lot. To get 20 wins out here is very difficult. To do it before I turn 35 is pretty incredible,” said Johnson, 34. “This is a big win for me and gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year.”
It was also his sixth World Golf Championship, the. most of any player not named Tiger Woods (who has won 18 of them). Johnson is the only player to have won all four WGC titles.
The victory also extended Johnson’s run of having won at least one PGA Tour title to 12 consecutive seasons, this victory coming against the strongest field so far in 2019.
In winning again in the high altitude of Mexico City, Johnson gave another demonstration of the overall balance in his game. When he needed power, he used it, never better than when he hit his tee shot to within 4 feet of the hole on the 369-yard second hole on Saturday, setting up an early eagle.
Dealing with the adjustments required when playing at approximately 7,800 feet above sea level, Johnson continually displayed exceptional distance control, giving himself opportunities to putt from more advantageous positions on Chapultepec’s sloping greens.
On the greens, Johnson was exceptional, handling the sometimes bumpy surfaces and confounding contours like they were all he’s ever seen.
It was similar to the kinds of performances that elevated Johnson to No. 1 in the world for more than a year and where he could be headed again. It also reinforced the fact that for all the focus on his power, Johnson can gear down and work his way around a course that played the equivalent of a 6,300-yard layout at sea level.
“I struggled the last couple weeks after a win in Saudi (Arabia). I didn’t feel the game was in great form through I did win there,” said Johnson, whose victory in the Middle East three weeks ago was a European Tour event. “I got here Monday and talked to Butchie (Harmon) about was I was feeling that was different than two years ago.”
“I worked on it and it clicked. I really hit it well this week.”
McIlroy, who started the final round four strokes behind Johnson, couldn’t put any serious pressure on the winner in the final round. He ultimately undercut his chances of winning by making three bogeys on the par-5 sixth hole during the tournament, a hole HJohnson played in 2 under.
On the final nine, McIlroy shot 5-under par 31 and gained no ground on Johnson, who matched him. Johnson posted a closing 66 and a 21-under-par 263 total, whole McIlroy shot 67 on Sunday.
In four starts this year, McIlroy his finished T4, T5, T4 and second.
Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3-iron), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0
Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5x (No. 1)
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Republished with permission from Global Golf Post