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Posted March 7, 2017 in "Watts" In The Bag by Tom Brassell
If anyone doubted Dustin Johnson was the No. 1 player in the world, he answered that in Mexico City, winning his first start as the top-ranked player. He also won his fourth World Golf Championship, which is more than anyone else – except Tiger Woods, who won 18 of them. Johnson won the way he does – with relentless ballstriking and good putting. Not great putting. Good putting.
He missed six putts inside 10 feet in the first round and that tendency continued through the weekend but Johnson made enough longer putts on Chapultepec’s tricky greens to separate himself.
Bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes briefly knocked Johnson out of the lead but he steadied himself coming in, putting an exclamation point on his victory with an outstanding approach shot on the final hole from an awkward spot in a fairway bunker.
Beyond Johnson, the biggest event to this point in 2017 was revealing in many ways.
Though two long three-putts at Nos. 16 and 17 ruined his chance of winning, Jon Rahm reinforced the notion that he’s a new force in the game. He came at the leaders on the back nine, playing a five-hole stretch 4-under par to briefly gain the lead before letting it slip away.
By holing a long birdie putt on the 18th hole, Tommy Fleetwood’s second-place finish was good enough to land him a spot in The Masters.
Strange as it sounds, it was just the fourth tournament Rory McIlroy has played in 21 weeks and, after a fast start that surprised him and gave him the 36-hole lead, McIlroy had nothing special on the weekend. Still, his presence near the top of the leaderboard hinted at him being closer to top form than perhaps some thought after his long break due to a rib injury.
As for Phil Mickelson, it was a rollicking week, splashed with scintillating spells offset by too-familiar bursts of wild shots off the tee. Justin Thomas probably didn’t imagine shooting 1-over par in the final round with a chance to win, but it happened.
Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (3HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T100 6.5 (75 grams)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52-09 and 60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour Wedge 130X Black Nickel
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Republished with permission by Global Golf Post.