Johnson clinches WGC-HSBC Champions title
Dustin Johnson Clinches WGC HSBC Champions Title. United States golfer Dustin Johnson fended off the challenges of defending champion Ian Poulter and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell by staging a late comeback with a final round six-under-par 66 to win the WGC-HSBC Champions here Sunday.
Shanghai: United States golfer Dustin Johnson fended off the challenges of defending champion Ian Poulter and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell by staging a late comeback with a final round six-under-par 66 to win the WGC-HSBC Champions here Sunday.
Trailing by one shot with six holes to play, the Ryder Cup star proved his title credentials by firing three birdies and an eagle to seal a three-shot victory with his winning total of 24-under-par 264 at the Sheshan International Golf Club. Poulter had to settle for second place after he closed with a 66 while McDowell also signed for a 66 to finish third.
China's Liang Wen-chong emerged as the highest-ranked Asian after he also posted a 66 to end shared 15th with Major winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa at the year's final World Golf Championship.
"I stuck to my game plan. I played really well on the last few holes of the front nine and had a great back nine. But the guys, they made it really interesting but I just played really good coming down the stretch. This is probably my biggest win and with the field and tournament, World Golf Championships, hopefully this is a sign of better things to come," said Johnson.
Having started his final round with a three-shot lead, Johnson saw his advantage wiped out after two holes. A three-putt bogey at the first hole from Johnson, combined with two opening birdies from Poulter, saw the pair tied on 17-under. It became a tight affair as McDowell set off with a scorching pace by firing three birdies in his opening three holes.
Birdies on the eighth and ninth holes got Johnson back into a share of the lead and although Poulter edged in front with a birdie on the 12th, Johnson matched his efforts with birdies on the 13th and 14th.
Johnson's turning point came at the par-four 16th when he chipped in for eagle before going on to hit a glorious tee-shot at the par three 17th and holed an eight-footer for birdie.
264 - Dustin JOHNSON (USA) 69-63-66-66
267 - Ian POULTER (ENG) 71-67-63-66
268 - Graeme MCDOWELL (NIR) 69-69-64-66
270 - Sergio GARCIA (ESP) 70-68-69-63
272 - Justin ROSE (ENG) 68-71-65-68
273 - Rory MCILROY (NIR) 65-72-67-69, Graham DELAET (CAN) 71-68-65-69
274 - Jamie DONALDSON (WAL) 67-74-66-67, Bubba WATSON (USA) 68-69-69-68, Martin KAYMER (GER) 70-74-62-68
275 - Ernie ELS (RSA) 69-69-71-66, Keegan BRADLEY (USA) 71-68-68-68, Boo WEEKLEY (USA) 70-67-69-69
276 - Phil MICKELSON (USA) 71-68-72-65
277 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 72-67-72-66, Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 70-70-70-67
278 - Jordan SPIETH (USA) 68-71-70-69
279 - Jin JEONG (KOR) 70-69-71-69, Tommy FLEETWOOD (ENG) 68-70-69-72
280 - Paul CASEY (ENG) 69-73-69-69
281 - Scott PIERCY (USA) 72-73-68-68, Jaco VAN ZYL (RSA) 72-73-68-68, Bill HAAS (USA) 72-72-69-68, Mikko ILONEN (FIN) 72-69-72-68, Peter HANSON (SWE) 70-73-70-68, Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 72-70-70-69, Francesco MOLINARI (ITA) 72-69-70-70, Gregory BOURDY (FRA) 75-68-67-71, Bo VAN PELT (USA) 77-67-66-71, Scott HEND (AUS) 69-74-66-72
282 - Nick WATNEY (USA) 75-74-67-66, Luke DONALD (ENG) 70-71-70-71, Henrik STENSON (SWE) 74-76-67-65
283 - HUANG WenYi (CHN) 70-74-69-70, Billy HORSCHEL (USA) 71-69-72-71, Mark BROWN (NZL) 72-68-72-71, Kevin STREELMAN (USA) 70-73-72-68, Jason DUFNER (USA) 73-67-71-72
284 - Branden GRACE (RSA) 77-71-67-69, David LYNN (ENG) 74-70-69-71, Chris WOOD (ENG) 71-71-73-69, Thomas BJORN (DEN) 74-72-70-68, LI Hao Tong (CHN) 72-71-74-67, Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO (ESP) 67-71-70-76, Richard STERNE (RSA) 74-73-74-63
285 - Jimmy WALKER (USA) 73-73-69-70, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 76-68-68-73, Ken DUKE (USA) 70-72-73-70, Brian GAY (USA) 71-72-72-70
286 - Hiroyuki FUJITA (JPN) 75-70-68-73, Michael THOMPSON (USA) 74-72-68-72, Ryan MOORE (USA) 70-74-69-73, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 73-72-70-71, Michael HENDRY (NZL) 72-73-73-68
287 - Rickie FOWLER (USA) 74-70-70-73, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 69-78-68-72, Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 71-73-68-75, John MERRICK (USA) 72-75-69-71, Brandt SNEDEKER (USA) 73-74-70-70, Peter UIHLEIN (USA) 71-73-73-70
288 - Derek ERNST (USA) 71-72-73-72, Darren FICHARDT (RSA) 70-74-75-69
289 - Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-71-75-74, Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 73-73-72-71, Jonas BLIXT (SWE) 70-75-74-70
290 - Daniel POPOVIC (AUS) 77-71-69-73, Ryo ISHIKAWA (JPN) 81-72-68-69
291 - D.A. POINTS (USA) 72-74-70-75, WU Ashun (CHN) 74-75-70-72
292 - David HOWELL (ENG) 72-75-73-72
293 - BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 81-68-69-75
295 - Miguel Angel JIMENEZ (ESP) 75-76-70-74
296 - Raphael JACQUELIN (FRA) 81-70-71-74
297 - George COETZEE (RSA) 75-77-74-71
299 - HU Mu (CHN) 76-75-73-75
303 - Brett RUMFORD (AUS) 75-77-79-72
323 - HUANG Ming-Jie (CHN) 83-77-80-83