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!

Johnson and Koepka qualify automatically for the 2016 Ryder Cup

Congratuatlions to Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka on automatically qualifying for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Johnson qualified 1st after his maiden major at the US Open, followed quickly by his win at the WGC Bridgestone, while Brooks qualified in 6th spot after a  T4 finish in the PGA Championship and one week later, a T9 in the Travelers Championship.

U.S Ryder Cup team captain, Davis Love III said, “We’re thrilled to have Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka on this team, I can’t wait to watch him experience his first Ryder Cup.”

Joining Dustin and Brooks on the team will be Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson. who are the other 6 players that automatically qualified for the 2016 team when points closed on Sunday at the conclusion of the Barclays – the opening event in the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. They will be joined by four other captains picks on September 11th and 25th.

We wish Dustin, Brooks and the rest of the US Ryder Cup team the very best of luck in their quest to win back the Ryder Cup.

Dustin Johnson Bio

A two-time Ryder Cup participant (2010, 2012), Johnson is hoping three times is a charm – as in his third Ryder Cup appearance yields his first time on the winning side. The long-hitting Johnson has a 4-3 record in seven Ryder Cup matches and is a perfect 2-0 in singles play. There’s no denying that Johnson steps it up for the big events, evidenced by his first major championship victory earlier this summer at Oakmont in the U.S. Open, followed by a win in his next start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He also boasts two other World Golf Championships victories, as well as two wins in FedExCup Playoffs tournaments and 13 total top-10 finishes in majors dating back to 2009.

Brooks Koepka Bio

The Ryder Cup rookie muscled his way onto the team with a stretch of gutsy performances this summer. The big hitter nearly withdrew from the PGA Championship at Baltusrol with an injury but played on with a heavily-taped ankle and finished T4. He followed that up with a T9 the next week at the Travelers Championship. Prior to the season’s final major, Koepka finished in the top 10 four times in six starts after the Players Championship. His worst finish in that stretch was a T13 at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old will be a welcome addition to the team.


Dustin Johnson came up just short at the US Open in Chambers Bay finishing tied for 2nd behind Jordan Spieth who collected his 2nd major of the year.

It was a hard pill to swallow for Dustin but he showed true class throughout the week and battled hard right until the end of the tournament late on Sunday evening. “At the end of the day, golf is golf,” Johnson said. “I’ve got my family and that’s most important to me. My trophy at the end of the day is holding up my little man.
“I couldn’t be more proud of myself and my family. No matter what, I’m going to keep my head high and I’m going to be happy.”

There was a lot of criticism on the choice and set up of the venue from the players and the wider golfing world, and in particular with the standard of the greens, but that did not stop the drama unfolding on a Sunday evening in a classic U.S. Open final day and congratulations must go the Jordan Spieth and how he ended up victorious.

It cannot all be seen negatively as Dustin’s tied 2nd now moves him into a career high 3rd on the Official World Golf Ranking and we have no doubt that DJ will continue to push hard with St.Andrews and Whistling Straits to look forward to.

Congrats from all at Hambric Sports Dustin. It may not have been the result you wanted but we are all still extremely proud of you.

Dustin Johnson Triumphs at Doral

Huge congratulations to Dustin Johnson on his victory at the WGC-Cadillac championship in Doral at the weekend.

Dustin shot a 69 for a nine-under par 279 total to secure his ninth PGA Tour victory, and his first since he won another W.G.C. event, in China, in 2013. “It’s one of my biggest wins, especially after a long layoff,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working hard on my game, and I’ve been working hard on me.”

In the last month, Dustin has recorded top-five finishes on some of the tour’s toughest courses. He lost in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club and tied for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before prevailing Sunday on a Blue Monster layout that gave up only five sub-70 scores (and yielded three in the 80s).

With the first major just around the corner, DJ finds himself travelling to Augusta in fine form and we are predicting great things for 2015.

Congratulations from all at Hambric Sports DJ!

DJ in form as Augusta draws closer

Dustin Johnson has continued his great form in 2014 as we draw closer to the first major of the season. Currently ranked 2nd in the Fed Ex Cup Standings and 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings, Dustin will head to Augusta as one of the most in-form players in the field.
Dustin’s season began with a victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and it hasn’t stopped there. He recorded a t-6th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and t-2nd places at both the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am and at The Northern Trust Open. Most recently Dustin finished tied 4th at WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.
This year’s first major is hotting up to be a memorable one and here’s hoping DJ can bring his fine form with him as he drives up Magnolia Lane.