Texas, March 26: World No 1 Dustin Johnson edged Jon Rahm one-up in the final of the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play, making him the first player in history to have won all four World Golf Championships and just the second player win back-to-back WGC events.
Johnson won the WGC – Mexico Championship earlier in the month and was in stunning form all week to emulate Tiger Woods and make it consecutive World Golf Championship wins. The American did not trail at any point in any match all week as he made it seven wins out of seven, losing just 23 of the 112 holes he played at Austin Country Club.
However, rising star Rahm made Johnson work hard for the win by mounting a spirited fightback from five down after eight holes to take the match all the way to the 18th. The 22-year-old Spaniard hit an incredible drive through the par four 18th green but hit a poor chip onto the green due to a door slamming on his back swing.
“There’s a lot of great players and I’m the first one to win all four WGCs but I feel like there will be some more to do it. But I’m very, very pleased with it. I’m very pleased with my play this week. It was a lot longer match this afternoon than I would have liked it to have been. But Jon was a great competitor and it was a great match,” said Johnson.
“It’s impossible to win every week. I know that. 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. Being the Number One player in the world 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,” he added.
Rahm was disappointed with how the final finished but took positives from the week. “I could have got that chip to 12 feet for birdie and maybe win the hole. When something like that happens it’s really unfortunate. I understand if I miss the shot, but when it’s not really your fault, it just makes you feel a little worse. It’s something that I can’t control. I wish it hadn’t happened but there’s a lot of positive to take out of this week. I’ll be sad for a couple of minutes, but then I’ll be fine,” he said.