wnol.info January 19 2018

The secret to Dustin Johnson's success? He's no longer beating himself

January 19 2018, 05:33 | Van Peters

"There's a lot more strategy and thinking in playing this kind of format", said Tanihara, a 14-time Japan Tour victor in his WGC Match Play debut who hopes to crack the world top 50 and qualify for the Masters in two weeks.

Johnson is man of few words. "I felt like I was still attacking the golf course", he said.

In the famous words of Teddy Roosevelt, Johnson speaks softly and carries a big stick. But the very best get it done and there can be no doubt that the 32-year-old is the very best at the moment. The question at times is if Johnson even has a pulse.

Asked to size up his feat, Johnson said, "Pretty good". "It amazes me. And he's just a flawless, complete player".

Rahm and Johnson battled down the stretch in Mexico earlier this month, and Rahm said he would see Johnson again on Sunday after falling short.

Rahm's ball rolled to the back of the putting surface, leaving an exceptionally tricky chip.

Tanihara, who defeated two-time major victor Jordan Spieth in his first group match, reduced his deficit to a single hole before losing the 12th after three-putting it for par, but birdied the next two holes to get back to all square.

Then he said, "If I'm playing my best, yeah, I'll play against anybody, anytime".

"The Masters is one of my favourite tournaments and I've played good there the last two years". "Honestly, he doesn't really make mistakes", Rahm said after his second setback to Johnson in as many WGC starts.

But Dustin Johnson can after underlining his status as world No 1 here on Sunday after surviving a remarkable fightback from John Rahm.

In the longest week of the year — seven matches over five days — and one of the toughest tournaments to win because match play is so unpredictable, Johnson delivered the outcome everyone expected Sunday at Austin Country Club. I'm driving the ball great, I'm wedging it well. His latest victory marks his 15th PGA win and also pushes him to number one in the FedEx Cup standings.

His gutsy fighting back from a five-hole deficit to Johnson provided a handy boost ahead of his Masters debut.

He is projected to jump from 26th to 14th when the world rankings are updated today and is now second in the Race to Dubai Rankings behing England's Tommy Fleetwood.

"It's been a long time to be victor of the tournament", Lee told reporters via a translator after clinching her third LPGA victory at the age of 26. He will face a determined longshot in 38-year-old Tanihara, who dispatched England's Ross Fisher 4 and 2 in the quarter-finals after defeating England's Paul Casey 2 and 1 in the round of 16. "The slender, 6′, 2", slow-walking, dark bearded Johnson-whom the media has dubbed a Hollywood, gunslinger look-a-like-now has all of the components of his golf game working together like a well-oiled machine.

Needless to say, he's not bad at golf, either. "To get to where I have this week, I'm obviously delighted".

There's so much to love about the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

"How do I like it?"

What he does care about is winning that second major.

A closing five-under 66 secured a top-10 finish for Philip McLean in the Pro Golf Tour's Ocean Open in Morocco.

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