Do the math. Even if you are not a “numbers cruncher” (and, trust me, I am not), anyone can see that Dustin Johnson had a heck of a weekend.
First, Johnson had to complete his third round on Sunday morning. While other golfers might have seen this as a handicap ( no pun intended), Dustin treated it as a challenge. Not only did he par the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes to close out Saturday’s round, but he birdied holes 1 and 2 on what was ” officially Sunday” for him. Ironically, those 5 spectacular birdies in a row would match the amount of distance between his nearest pursuers.
While not even the winner could have told you this at the time, those 5 shots would ultimately be Johnson’s margin of victory over Thomas Peters. As he walked up the fairway to the 3rd hole Sunday (his fifth hole of play on the day), none of the onlookers could tell that when he tapped in for birdie on 18 hours later, the litany of numbers would begin.
Thefive-stroke win at 17-under-par was only the beginning. Add to that that Johnson is now sixth in FedEx Cup points. More importantly, Dustin Johnson now ranked as the #1 Golfer in the World, supplanting Jason Rose, who finished fourth.
And oh, by the way, do not downplay the significance of this tournament in propelling Dustin Johnson to the pinnacle of golf. The Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club, has traditionally been hosted by Tiger Woods, who in his heyday was at that lofty level himself. While a certain percentage of tournament precedes go to the Tiger Woods Foundation for the boys Woods mentors, there is one last number to put into this weekend’s equation.
Dustin Johnson, about to become a father for the second time, pocketed $1,260,000.00 for this latest PGA Tour win.