Johnson surges to Sentry Tournament of Champions victory

Dustin Johnson cemented his status as the best player in the world, as he surged to a dominant eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Johnson began his final round with only a two-shot advantage over Brian Harman and three-shots over World #4 Jon Rahm, but matching the low round of the week, a superb seven-under 65, Johnson quickly separated himself from the pack en route to a winning score of 24 under par.

Following up his rounds of 69, 68 and 66, Johnson’s phenomenal final round included four birdies on the front nine, and an eagle on the par-four 12th.

His dominance off the tee at Kapalua was highlighted by a 430-yard tee shot on the 12th, which finished within six inches of the pin, and left him with a tap-in eagle. Johnson also eagled the par-4 12th on Saturday with a hole out from 70 yards.

“I started hitting it real straight and controlled it,” Johnson said. “The driver is what won me the golf tournament this week. I don’t think I hit a bad drive all week.”

Three straight birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes on the Plantation Course, extended Johnson’s lead and made the walk up the penultimate and final holes even more enjoyable.

Johnson has now won at least once in each of his 11 seasons out on the PGA Tour.

“Obviously winning every year out here on Tour so far is big for me. I’m very proud of being able to do that. It’s not easy to win out here. A lot of seasons I’ve only had one win, but last year was my most and hopefully I can do even better than that this year,” Johnson said of winning every season that he has been out on the PGA Tour.

Congratulations on your 17th PGA Tour win Dustin, and here’s to a fantastic 2018 season!

Dustin Johnson wins The Northern Trust

At the opening leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, Dustin Johnson overcame a five-shot lead held by Jordan Spieth, to claim victory at The Northern Trust. 

A battle along the back nine with big shots and big moments, Johnson and Spieth were tied on the par-3 17th when both hit into a bunker. Dustin blasted out to 4 feet and tapped in for par. Spieth had 18 feet for par and knocked it in. 

Now it was down to the 18th hole. Spieth’s drive found the fairway. Dustin, meanwhile, hit his drive slightly right and had 210 yards to the hole from the right rough. He opted to lay up, instead of trying to hammer a shot to an elevated green. 

“What am I doing?” he said, adding, “I hit myself in the worst possible spot that I could. Even if I aim left and cut it and it goes in the bunker, a much better position than I am in the right rough with 210 yards to the hole. I mean, I’ve got no chance. I just couldn’t get to the green with the lie I had.”

 Needing to hole a 25 foot downhill putt to force a playoff, as Spieth had 3 feet for par, he did so with a perfectly measured putt. 

They both finished at 13 under par, with Dustin shooting a final round 66 (4 under). 

Returning to the 18th hole for the playoff, Johnson took on the lake and bombed a 341-yard tee-shot, the longest of the week on that hole, that left him with just a lob wedge to the pin. Spieth hit his 7 iron to the back collar of the green and missed 25-footot birdie putt. Johnson had 4 feet for the win, and calmly rolled it in for the victory. 

“I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was before the Masters. We were having fun,” said Johnson, the new FedExCup leader. 

“Obviously I had a little bit more fun at the end of the day after I won the playoff.”

Congratulations Dustin on your fourth win of the year – phenomenal golf! 

Dustin claims career WGC Grand Slam at Dell Match Play

Dustin Johnson, a golfing machine with no discernible weakness and hardly any pulse, won the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday for his third straight victory and made him the first player to complete the WGC career slam.

The final day lasted longer than he may have wanted, but the outcome was what everyone expected.

Johnson stretched ahead by winning four holes in succession from the 3rd tee. Yet Rahm displayed the tenacity which served him so well all week by holing from off the green at the 7th before winning both the 9th and 10th to keep Johnson just about within view.

A key moment looked to have arrived at the 11th, Johnson saving par and a half from 6ft as Rahm looked to impose himself further on the match. Johnson claimed the 12th to move to what appeared the unassailable position of four up with only six to play. Appeared proved the operative term.

Rahm roared again with victory on the 13th after he found the green from the tee of the par-four hole. Rahm also took the 15th, leaving Johnson two up with three to play. At the 16th Rahm brilliantly holed from 31ft, meaning Johnson was suddenly only one hole ahead with two to play.

An engrossing duel rumbled on to the 18th, Rahm overshooting the green from 368 yards away with his tee shot before leaving a chip 25ft short – he was not helped by a loud noise when mid-swing. Johnson duly made par as Rahm could do no better, leaving the world No1 as the champion by the most slender of margins.

Not once did Johnson trail in his 112 holes over seven matches. And while you might not have heard much about his semifinal combatant Hideto Tanihara (a 14-time winner in Japan and no slouch) he also destroyed major winners Webb Simpson (5 and 3), Martin Kaymer (3 and 2), Jimmy Walker (5 and 3) and Zach Johnson (5 and 4) and took out world No.10 Alex Noren (3 and 2). Johnson secured his final spot with a last-four victory over Hideto Tanihara. In that match he continued a stunning run of winning the opening hole at Austin Country Club in six matches out of six.

“Pretty awesome,” said Johnson after his dominant week. “Definitely kind of cool to be the first one to win all four. These are the biggest events besides the majors, with the best golfers in the world. I feel like there will be some more to do it, but I’m very, very pleased with it”, he said.

“I felt like I was still attacking the golf course,” he said. “You’ve got to make putts. And I felt like, especially this afternoon, it was really difficult, the wind was blowing, the greens got fast. So it was really tough to make putts.”

“It’s impossible to win every week. I know that. I still feel like I’m not playing my best golf,” Johnson said while basking in the presence of the Walter Hagen Cup. I’m playing really well, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t feel like I’m playing my best.

“Obviously I’ve won my last three. But I’m just going to have to keep working hard. Keep working on the things that I’m working on right now, and just keep trying to get better. Like I was saying before, being No. 1, it kind of drives me to work harder and to get better. There’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game. So I’m just going to keep working on it.”

When John Rahm was asked about Johnson’s abilities after the final, he said, “It’s amazing how he’s able to keep cool the entire round. It amazes me. And he’s just a perfect, complete player. Honestly, he doesn’t really make mistakes. I think he’s learned from what he’s done in the past and he’s embracing it now and that’s why he’s winning tournaments.”

Johnson says 95 percent of the time golf doesn’t feel easy. But right now the other five percent is in play.

“I believe in my ability. And I know what it takes to win out here,” he said ominously.

“Some days it’s easier. I feel like when you’re rolling in putts, that’s when the game gets pretty easy.”

In the last two starts at Augusta National Johnson finished T6 and T4… so he’s trending up.

Most have instilled him as a prohibitive favorite to add a second major as he seems impervious to nerves. But Johnson admits he still gets them.

“I want to win, it means something to me, so yeah I get nervous,” he says.

“But I’ve got a lot of confidence now. Confidence in my game and confidence in myself.”

“It’s not going to be any different for me (going forward). I’m still going to prepare like I always do and go out and try to play the best I can.”

“The Masters is always a tournament that I look forward to every year. I’ve actually played good there the last two years. I’m excited to go back when the game is in good form. I feel like everything is working pretty well.”

Johnson is now slated to play at the Shell Houston Open next week before taking his talents to the Masters. But keeping on a roll like this is very hard. The last player to win at least four in a row was Woods in 2007-2008 (he won five).

Congratulations DJ on yet another victory, and on writing your name in the history books. All at Hambric Sports are so proud of you.

Article courtesy of the PGA Tour

The World Number 1 chooses Hublot

2016, the start of a bright future for Dustin Johnson. Gaining his first Major title with victory in the US Open 2016, DJ confirmed his star status in the discipline, rising to the world number 1 spot in 2017. At 32, the American champion joined the ranks of Major winners and became a friend of Hublot. An explosive athlete whose steely determination and resolve have been rewarded.

He is considered the most gifted and athletic player on the circuit, thanks to his ultra-powerful, precise drives and his superb skills on the putting green. His peers have long known him as “the best player in the world never to have won a Major title”, and voted him “Player of the Year” on the PGA Tour in 2016. A much-deserved accolade in recognition of 10 years during which Dustin Johnson has played with an extraordinary determination, confirming the notion that champions are simply those who never give up.

“I am honored to join the distinguished list of Hublot Ambassadors, especially since I have always been such an admirer of their timepieces. Each one is so unique, unlike many of the other luxury brands, which I appreciate and enjoy. I am very excited about the partnership and hope to hoist a few trophies with a Hublot on my wrist.” Dustin Johnson

At 32, Dustin Johnson, otherwise known as “DJ”, has entered the annals of golf to join the select group of Major title winners. His talent has finally been rewarded with victory. Gaining his first Major tournament title with a win at the US Open in August 2016, DJ enjoyed an exceptional season.

He also won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship. As part of the American team, he brought the Ryder Cup back to his country eight years after they last triumphed over the Europeans. Having amassed an impressive Top 10 record, 2016 saw Johnson confirm his status in the discipline, rising to the top of the rankings and winning the PGA Tour Money List. At the peak of his prowess, he confirms his number 1 position in winning the World Golf Championships- Mexico.

The Hublot family brings together men and women who have altered history. Exceptional athletes who have left their mark on the history of sport. The fastest man alive, Usain Bolt; footballing legends Pelé and Maradona; charismatic football manager José Mourinho, and many others. And now, Dustin Johnson has chosen Hublot, “a perfect match” between the watchmaker symbolising “the art of fusion” and the man blazing a trail through professional golf.

Johnson wins in Mexico on debut as World No. 1

Another week, another victory for Dustin Johnson who didn’t falter when a challenge arrived on Sunday at the WGC Mexico Championship. Playing mistake-free over the final five holes, Johnson claimed victory in his debut as the No. 1 player in the world.

Johnson’s four-shot lead going to the back nine turned into a one-shot deficit when Spanish rookie Jon Rahm ran off an eagle and two birdies.

Johnson caught him with a birdie on the par-5 15th, and closed with three solid pars for a 3-under 68.

Johnson’s last test on Sunday was from a fairway bunker on the 18th, and he blasted that out to the middle of the green for a two-putt par and a one-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood of England.

“I didn’t feel like I putted my best, but I really hit the ball well,” Johnson said. “I played just well enough, because I won by one.”

Johnson became the fifth player to win in his first tournament as No. 1 in the world.

His fourth World Golf Championship title is second on the career list behind Tiger Woods, who won 18 times since the series began in 1999.

Asked if he could catch Woods, Johnson smiled.

“He’s got a lot,” Johnson said.

“But yeah, I’m going to try.”

Johnson was steady right to the end to capture his 14th career victory on the PGA Tour, and his second straight. He reached No. 1 in the world two weeks ago with a five-shot victory at Riviera.

Johnson converted only 9-of-17 putts from inside 5 feet. In the opening round, he missed six putts from the 6-foot range or closer. His power and his clean striking allowed him to overcome that.

“It’s a tough spot to be in,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of pressure on you. I came out and played really well. So to come out and win, it means a lot.”

It took more work at the end than he would have liked and imagined.

What was supposed to be a riveting battle among some of the biggest names in golf turned into a one-man show.

Johnson needed only a 31 on the front nine to dispatch of Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson.

“I try to put myself in a position to win every golf tournament,” he said.

“Each week I go out, I’m prepared to win and I want to just give myself a chance to win when I turn to the back nine on Sunday.

He now gets two weeks off before he starts his run to the Masters at the Dell Match Play, the Shell Houston Open and then Augusta National.

Congratulations Dustin on yet another fantastic week!

Johnson on Top of the World

Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera yesterday.

Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. He had a one-shot lead when he arrived Sunday at Riviera, which lost 10 hours the previous three days to fog and torrential rain. He had such command of his game that his longest par putt in the third round was from 4 feet, and he closed with three straight birdies to make the final round in the afternoon more of a coronation. He finished the third round in the morning with a 7-under 64 to build a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots at one point in the final round and coasted home to a 71 and a five-shot victory.

“It sounds good,” Johnson said when asked about being the top player in the world. “I played really great all day. I couldn’t have driven it any better. That was a big key.”

Johnson became the 20th player to reach No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986, ending Jason Day’s 47-week stay at the top.

He won for the fourth time against some of golf’s strongest fields dating to his U.S. Open victory last summer. To state the new world No. 1 was trending towards victory on the historic venue is an extreme understatement given he had six top-10 finishes from his prior nine starts.

The list of Johnson’s top-10 finishes at the Genesis Open now reads: 1st in 2017, 4th/ 2016, T2/ 2015, 2nd/ 2014, T4/ 2012, T3/ 2010, T10/ 2009.

There was no doubt this time though that Johnson was going to claim the title.

“To finally get a win at the Genesis Open feels good because I’ve finished second here a couple times, lost in a playoff, felt like I should have won a couple other times,” Johnson said.

“It’s definitely nice to win on a golf course that I really enjoy playing and a golf tournament I really enjoy playing.”

Johnson went 49 straight holes without a bogey, a streak that ended on No. 9 in the final round, and he was sloppy down the stretch when it no longer mattered.

It capped off a strong stretch that elevated Johnson to the top. Not only was it his fourth victory since June, he has finished among the top three in eight of his last 16 tournaments.

Johnson finished at 17-under 267. About the only disappointment was losing a chance to break the oldest 72-hole scoring record on the PGA TOUR schedule. Lanny Wadkins won at Riviera in 1985 at 20-under 264.

Johnson reached 20 under with his 21st birdie of the week on the par-3 sixth hole. Having made only one bogey all week, he finished with three over the last 10 holes.

“I didn’t finish the last 10 holes the way I’d like to, but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control,” Johnson said.

He still had no complaints. He scooped up his 2-year-old son, Tatum, on the 18th green. Johnson’s fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, announced on Instagram earlier this week they are expecting their second child.

Johnson moves to sixth in the FedExCup with the win and joins Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win at least one time in each of their first 10 seasons on TOUR.

Dustin Johnson voted PGA TOUR Player of the Year

The PGA TOUR announced on Tuesday that Dustin Johnson has been named the 2016 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted on by the TOUR’s membership for the 2015-16 season.

PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official money events this past season were eligible to vote. The balloting process ended on October 7.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Dustin Johnson for his outstanding play on big stages during the 2015-16 season,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “His hard work on the golf course and in the gym paid off with the finest season of his career, and the member vote reflects the respect his peers have for him.”

Johnson, 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, fashioned a career-best three wins during the 2015-16 season at the U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship. With his record-breaking victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Johnson took over the lead in the FedExCup and ultimately finished second to Rory McIlroy in the season-long competition.

In 22 starts, Johnson had a TOUR-best 15 top-10 finishes with 21 made cuts. In addition to his three wins, he posted top-3 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open (T2), Shell Houston Open (third) and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (third). Johnson also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185).

“I don’t even know if I ever dreamed this would be happening,” said Johnson, who climbed to a career-high (for the moment) No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking this summer. “Obviously, it was a great season. I worked hard on all parts of my game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Johnson has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in nine consecutive seasons dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR.

Johnson, who will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, was selected for the honor over Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson.

DJ will start his 2016-’17 season at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai later this month, and he said he plans to play in the Tournament of Champions to kick off the new year. Johnson has won both of those events before.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now. There’s nothing I don’t feel good with,” said Johnson, who noted improvement with his wedge game was the biggest key to this breakout season. “Hopefully, next year, I can play up to the way I played this year. And hopefully, I can have a better year.”

Dustin Johnson captures 2016 PGA of America Player of the Year Award & Vardon Trophy

Dustin Johnson put the finishing touches on a banner season, earning his first PGA of America Player of the Year Award and the Vardon Trophy. The season-ending awards are presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

Johnson, the reigning U.S. Open Champion, collected 90 points this year, while Jason Day finished with 74. Johnson and Day were each three-time winners this season.

In one of the closest Vardon Trophy races in years, Johnson closed out the race with an adjusted scoring average of 69.172 based upon 87 complete rounds. Scott finished runner-up at 69.470, while Spieth was third (69.520) and Phil Mickelson fourth (69.582).

Overall, Johnson earned 30 points by winning the U.S. Open, and 20 combined points for wins in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship. He also gained 20 points for leading the money list and 20 more for capturing the Vardon Trophy.

Since 1948, the PGA of America has honored the game’s best players with the PGA Player of the Year Award. It is presented to the top TOUR professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring averages. Points for the 2015-16 season began with the Open on Oct. 18, and concluded Sept. 25, at the TOUR Championship.

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by the PGA of America in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, is awarded annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA TOUR. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

The PGA TOUR also recognizes its annual Player of the Year, with the winner announced in early October, determined by a vote of the membership.

Koepka and Johnson help Team USA to Ryder Cup victory

Europe’s run of Ryder Cup victories was brought to an end as the United States won the trophy for the first time in eight years at Hazeltine National last night.

The win was sealed when Ryan Moore defeated Lee Westwood one up on the last, the pick handing redemption to United States captain Davis Love III following the Miracle at Medinah in 2012 when Europe had fought back from 10-6 behind to win on the final day.

Hambric boys Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka then sealed further wins for the USA, with DJ beating Chris Wood by the narrowest of margins, 1up and Brooks brushing aside the challenge of current Masters Champion, Danny Willett, defeating him 5&4 in the Sunday singles.

As well as his Sunday Singles victory, Koepka had a marvellous maiden Ryder Cup as he got a red point on the board in the Friday Afternoon four-balls with partner Brandt Snedeker, beating Europe’s Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett 5&4.

In the next session, the Saturday Morning foursomes, the same duo overcame the challenge of Henrik Stenson and European rookie Matt Fitzpatrick by 3&2. A tough draw for Hambric pair Brooks & DJ saw them go down to the formidable partnership of Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters, 3&1.

When asked about how he felt his played all week, Brooks said ‘It’s been an unbelievable experience. I mean, to come in here as a rookie, to go in the team room, it’s been unreal. I didn’t know what to expect, but it really has been unbelievable. Everything that’s gone on between the team room, to getting to know these guys that much better, it’s surpassed everything I ever thought it would, and it’s been fun. You know, to team up with DJ, team up with Brandt, it’s been incredible and it’s been an awesome week.’.

US Open Champion Dustin Johnson played 4 out of the 5 sessions, sealing 2 points for Team USA. In the Friday Morning Foursomes, DJ and the experienced Matt Kuchar defeated Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters 5&4, to get off to winning ways.

Friday Afternoon four-ball session saw DJ and Kuchar go down fighting to McIlroy and Pieters 3&2. In the next session, Saturday Afternoon four-balls, Brooks and DJ once again went down to Europe’s McIlroy and Pieters.

In the crucial Sunday singles, Dustin saw off the challenge from Chris Wood in an exciting encounter which saw DJ win 1up to seal his final point for Team USA.

Congratulations to Dustin, Brooks and the rest of Team USA on their historic win over Europe and reclaiming the trophy after 8 years on European soil!

Dustin Johnson wins by 3 at the BMW Championship

Powerful off the tee and relentless with the putter, Dustin Johnson didn’t give anyone much of a chance on Sunday by closing with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.

Johnson won for the third time in his last eight tournaments, including his first major at the U.S. Open. This win at the BMW has been his most complete performance.

He withstood a stubborn challenge from Paul Casey who shot a 5-under 67 on the final day of the tournament also and applied the pressure to DJ throughout. This victory sets up a PGA Tour player of the year showdown with Jason Day in the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta in two weeks.

It took him three holes to give up his three-shot lead to Casey but four birdies in the next five holes re-established his advantage and he was never headed again. Johnson completed 72 holes in 23-under par (265) which was an emphatic display on the final day of the tournament. DJ reeled off five birdies in his next nine holes to pull clear of his challengers and, although a bogey at the par-three 13th cut his advantage to three, he won comfortably after a five-under-par final round of 67.

“I hit a lot of good shots, a couple of bad misses but other than that played really solid all week,” Johnson, 32, said in a greenside interview. “I got a lot of confidence in every part of my game, especially all the work I’ve put in on my wedges has really paid off this year, and this week I used a new putter and it really worked.”

Victory puts him in pole position heading into The Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month, the week before the Ryder Cup, in which Johnson will be one of United States captain Davis Love III’s key players.

“The more I practice, the more I’m in the situation, the more I know what to do and what to expect in the situations and kind of know what shots that I can hit and not to hit and I like it,” he said. “I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to and I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

It was DJ’s third win in his past eight tournaments and his 12th PGA Tour title since 2008. Only Tiger Woods (18) has won more in that period, while Rory McIlroy has also claimed 12.

Congratulations DJ – another week, another win!