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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 WGC-Mexico

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park amazed everyone with a dominating final round to win the HSBC Women's Champions on the LPGA; and Dean Burmester got his first win at the Tshwane Open on the ET.

Dustin Johnson with WGC-Mexico trophy

Well, I was almost right when I picked Jon Rahm this week. Rahm made a late run and actually had the lead after15 holes, but couldn't hold it to the end. Neither could Ross Fisher, who also made a run.

Then Tommy Fleetwood made an even later run at the lead, posting -13 (a single stroke back of the lead) and putting himself in position to win if the leader happened to stumble.

But Dustin Johnson didn't stumble. Despite a balky putter and the occasionally unpredictable shot caused by 7600 feet of altitude, DJ casually tapped in for the win on 18, becoming only the 6th player to win in his first event after becoming World #1.

There's not a whole lot to be said about DJ's ability anymore. Are we really surprised when he steps up and closes out another event? We're more likely to be stunned by his ability to deal with adversity, the way he did when his ball got caught in a type of tree that never catches balls, only to drop it after he had already played a new ball.

With his play over the last year or so, DJ is clearly rewriting the odds for the upcoming majors. It's just a question of how he'll putt in those events, isn't it? With his second win this year and his fifth in the last nine months, it'll be hard to bet against him in the next few events -- which, of course, includes the Masters. I'm guessing he'll skip this week and play Arnie's tournament next week.

But for now, I'll just give him yet another Limerick Summary and wonder what may be ahead for the World #1...
He started the week Number One
And, now that the tournament's done,
DJ's still sitting pretty
In Mexico City,
Where "the top" means you're close to the sun.
The photo came from this page at the UK Telegraph site.

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