Johnson holds off Europeans to win in Mexico
|WGC Mexico Championship, final leaderboard:|
|-14 D Johnson (US); -13 T Fleetwood (Eng); -12 R Fisher (Eng), J Rahm (Spa); -11 T Pieters (Bel), J Thomas (US); -10 B Snedeker (US), P Mickelson (US), R McIlroy (NI)|
|Selected others: -9 T Hatton (Eng); -7 S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth (US); -6 P Casey (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); -2 L Westwood (Eng)|
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American Dustin Johnson held off a strong European challenge to win his first tournament as world number one at the World Golf Championships in Mexico.
Johnson, 32, closed with a round of 68 to finish 14 under par, one shot clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood (66).
Another Englishman, Ross Fisher (65), was tied for third on 12 under with Spanish rookie Jon Rahm (68).
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the halfway leader, did not threaten as he ended with a level-par 71 for 10 under.
Johnson moved to the top of the rankings last month and becomes only the fifth player after Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott to win his first tournament since becoming number one.
“It means a lot, it’s a tough spot to be in,” said Johnson. “There a lot of pressure on you. I played just well enough I guess, because I won by one.”
Johnson looked to be cruising to victory when he led by four shots midway through the final round but he would be briefly overhauled by Rahm.
The 22-year-old from northern Spain is based in the US but confirmed last week he had taken out affiliate membership of the European Tour to be eligible for the Ryder Cup team.
A victory in his maiden WGC event looked possible when Rahm moved to 14 under – and a one-shot lead – with birdies on 14 and 15, but successive bogeys followed to leave him in a tie for third.
Southport’s Fleetwood, 26, sank a superb 40ft putt on the last to secure second place on his own, and with it a cheque for £850,000.
Fisher, from Ascot, surged into contention with nine bogeys in a final round that left the 36-year-old tied with Rahm in third place.
More to follow.