With a final-round 66, Dustin Johnson claimed a five-shot victory over Rory McIlroy at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Johnson finished his four rounds in Mexico City at 21-under par to secure his 20th PGA Tour title. It was the 34-year old American’s first win of the 2018-19 season, which moved him to No. 2 in the world rankings.
Afterwards, Johnson met with the media at Club De Golf Chapultepec. Here are a few of the best questions and answers from the press conference.
Dustin, I’m sure you don’t think in these terms, but 20 Tour wins and a major, that’s pretty much the litmus test for the Hall of Fame. Have you ever thought about that?
DUSTIN JOHNSON: No, I haven’t. I’ve still got a long way to go hopefully, and hopefully I’ve got a bunch more wins to put on my resume before I start thinking about that.
Obviously it would be a great achievement and a great honor to be a part of that. For me it’s more, you know, trying to win as many tournaments as I can.
Twenty is nice, I definitely wanted to get to that 20 number. I would have liked to have done it a little bit quicker, but I’m pleased with where I’m at, and to get 20 wins obviously is a lifetime exemption on the Tour, so that’s a very big accomplishment and I’m very proud of myself for doing it.
Dustin, what do you say about your game and where you’re at? This was the best field assembled so far this season on the PGA TOUR and you absolutely dominated.
DUSTIN JOHNSON: You know, I came here Monday. I struggled the last couple weeks after winning in Saudi. I won there and didn’t feel like the game was in great form even though I did win.
The last couple weeks I really struggled with the game.
I got here Monday and talked to Butchy about what I was feeling was different than two years ago when I was here. Worked on it and it clicked a little bit, so I hit it really well this week.
WHAT WIN MEANS
This puts you into the top 10 of the FedExCup standings. How does this win early in the season just set you up for later on in August?DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, you know, being in a good position in the FedExCup points race and then obviously the Wyndham Rewards, too, is definitely something. When you can get in good position early, it definitely helps the rest of the year.
For me, it’s more giving myself a lot of confidence in the golf swing, in my putting. I felt like everything was everything went really well this week and just finally feel like I’m swinging it really good and putting four rounds together.
I felt even from Monday when I came out here and practiced, I swung it really good and very consistent from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, all the way through Sunday.
So that gives me a lot of confidence in that I’m doing the right things and I’ve got great feels in the golf swing right now, and hopefully I can continue to play some really solid golf
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