Dustin Johnson won his first PGA Tour event Sunday at Doral since returning to the PGA Tour after his suspension.
Just one month after returning to the PGA Tour after a suspension/leave of absence, Dustin Johnson raised the trophy for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Doral played tough all week with wet and windy conditions, but Johnson’s three-under 69 in the final round put him in front past J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson.
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J.B. Holmes went into the final day at Doral with a five stroke lead over Dustin Johnson who sat in second at 6-under par behind Holmes’ 11-under after three days of harsh conditions.
Holmes tied a Doral first round record on Thursday when he shot a 10-under par, 62 to take a huge lead after day one. On day two, Holmes shot 1-over par as almost everyone in the field struggled to shoot well with rain and wind in the mix.
After day three, Holmes was able to go 2-under to get to 11-under and hold a five shot lead going into the final round. Holme’s three bogeys on the first nine on Sunday killed him, as he dropped out of the lead behind Bubba Watson, who eventually succumbed the lead to Dustin Johnson who held on to pull off a one-stroke win.
Bubba Watson was six-under par and in third going into the final day at Doral and had a huge four-birdie front nine that propelled the big hitter to first place at one point in the day. But, the second nine wasn’t the same story for Watson who continued to hit the ball into tough places, leading to three bogeys on the back as he fell back into third when the match concluded Sunday.
Dustin Johnson stayed poised in his final round efforts, as he had two birdies and one bogey on the front nine and then had a birdie on 10 and 15, and was able to hold off J.B. Holmes in the last three holes. This was the largest final round comeback ever in the Cadillac Championship.
This is also Dustin Johnson’s eighth straight season with a victory, and it’s the longest streak out of anyone on the PGA Tour as Justin Rose has five, in second place. PGA Tour players took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson on his first win of the year.
More impressive stats for the big hitter: This is Dustin Johnson’s ninth PGA Tour victory, which is tied with Rory McIlroy. Johnson also has the third most PGA Tour victories since 2008. Only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have more.
Johnson has now played in four PGA Tour events. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance, then finished tied for fourth, tied for second and now has his first win of the tour season as he seeks to surge up to the FedEx Cup rankings.
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