Dustin Johnson wins by one from
Tommy Fleetwood in Mexico
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World Number One Dustin Johnson denied Englishman Tommy Fleetwood his first World Golf Championship victory in Mexico as the American confirmed his status as the best player on the planet with a one-shot victory at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
The reigning US Open champion recorded a closing 68 for a 14-under total of 274, one better than Fleetwood and two clear of the European Tour’s newest member Jon Rahm (Spain) and England’s Ross Fisher.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (68) shared fifth with third round leader Justin Thomas (72) of the USA.
Fleetwood holed from 40 feet on the last to complete a superb 66 and secure the biggest payday of his career of 984,270 euros - Johnson collected 1,563,530 euros - and open up a gap of 965,676 points over Fabrizio Zanotti at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.
Fisher fired nine birdies in a closing 65 and Rahm reeled in Johnson in thrilling fashion before costly bogeys on the 16th and 17th.
Johnson only moved to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with victory in the US PGA Tour’s Genesis Open a fortnight ago but he has now established himself as the man to catch at the top of golf’s world order.
Fleetwood's performance will take the 26 year old to a career-high of 35th in the world, with Rahm up to 25th.
Rory McIlroy began the final round two shots off the lead but was never able to mount a charge, the World Number Three finishing joint seventh after carding two bogeys and two birdies in a closing 71.
Russell Knox had a disastrous last round of 10-over-par 81 for a total of 12-over 296. The Scot earned 42,384 euros.
Dustin Johnson: “It means a lot because World Number One is a tough spot to be in. There's a lot of pressure on you but I came out and I played really well. I hit the ball great all week. The greens are tough to putt on and I didn't feel like I putted my best, but I really hit the ball well and played just well enough I guess because I won by one."
Tommy Fleetwood: “It's tough to beat the best player in the world, isn't it? It was a great back nine. I think started pretty well after all a couple bad shots. So I felt comfortable on the back nine and made the most of those two par 5s and a couple more birdies at the last.
“I wasn't overly worried about where the leaders were. Dustin and Jon kind of came backwards a little bit. I didn't know what Jon was doing, I don't know if he made a couple bogeys or double bogey or something.
"To be honest, I was kind of looking at trying to get third on my own at one stage, and then before you know it I saw the scores on the last green and I thought I might have a chance at winning it.
"But it was a really good putt on the last. It was a big one. It would have been nice to get in a play-off and see how we did, but overall it was a good day.”
Jon Rahm: “I didn't play great every day and still had a chance to win the tournament. We're not going to play great every single day, but the days that we don't have our A game, to have respectable scores is going to keep you going for a long time and I was just glad I could do that.
"My first chance here on this golf course, first time I played this kind of event and to actually have a chance and be in it the first time, it's really nothing but positive.
Rory McIlroy: “I needed to get off to a fast start and I didn't. That was really it. Look at what D J did through sort of the first nine holes. I needed to get off to a start like that. "The course got a little trickier over the weekend. Maybe I just didn't quite adjust to that. But all in all, first week back, it's okay. But being two ahead going into the weekend, obviously disappointed with the finish I had.”
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LEADING FINAL TOTALS
par 284 (4x71)
270 D Johnson (USA) 70 66 66 68 (1,563,530 euros)
271 T Fleetwood (Eng) 69 70 66 66 (984,270)
272 R Fisher (Eng) 67 68 72 65, J Rahm (Spn) 67 70 67 68 (468,117 each).
273 T Pieters (Belg) 68 69 68 68, J Thomas (USA) 69 66 66 72 (294,339 each).
274 P Mickelson (USA) 67 68 68 71, R McIlroy (NIre) 68 65 70 71, B Snedeker (USA) 75 68 66 65 (199,365 each).
277 S Garcia (Spn) 68 71 68 70 (T12) (123,622 euros).
278 P Casey (Eng) 74 71 67 66, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 71 67 72 68 (99,015)
279 A Sullivan (Eng) 71 65 72 71 (T20) (86,025)
282 L Westwood (Eng) 67 71 66 78, C Woods (Eng) 68 73 71 70 (T25) (71,230 euros).
284 J Rose (Eng) 70 72 71 71 (T38) (60,280).
295 D Willett (Eng) 76 72 72 75 (T69) (42,620).
296 R Knox (Sco) 73 74 68 81 (70th) (42,384 euros)
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