by Jeff Skinner
Dustin Johnson got off to a rough start in the final round of the HSBC Champions with a three putt bogey and soon found his three shot lead had disappeared. Ian Poulter and later Graeme McDowell were able to move past Johnson and take the lead in the season’s final World Golf Championship.
But Johnson remained patient, stuck to his plan and played a flawless back nine to retake the lead and win for the eighth time in seven years on the PGA Tour. DJ calmed his nerves and played the last six holes in five under par (three birdies and an eagle) for a closing 31 and a three shot win over Poulter.
“It’s the biggest win I’ve had so far in my career,” Johnson told reporters.
“I knew if I stuck to my game plan it would come,” Johnson said. “I was swinging well and putting well.
“I wasn’t having too much fun at the start, especially when Graeme and Ian were birdieing every hole it seemed like.
“They put a lot of pressure on me but I’m really proud of the way I handled myself. I thought I controlled my nerves pretty well today.”
Johnson has PGA Tour wins in seven consecutive years with only Phil Mickelson having a longer streak at ten. At 29 Johnson continues to be one of the best young American golfers.